|Student presenting a Google Map from his|
iPad using AirServer
Looking back at this school year, I've noticed that students are much more engaged in their learning than ever before. I'm not sure all students fully realize how far they have come since August, but as a teacher, it is amazing to see how launching the iPad really has transformed the way we learn at BK. It is gratifying to watch students helping other students and students helping teachers learn new skills and develop new ways of interacting with academic subjects. I would like to share some examples from my own classroom this year and of course, take the opportunity to brag about the incredible 126 juniors that I had the distinct honor and privilege to teach and to learn from this year. Below are a few examples of activities we conducted using the iPad:
Bringing documents to life using DocsTeach from the National Archives:
Getting away from "PowerPoint" and finding new ways to collaborate and present historical information:
|RWT Timeline App|
- RWT Timeline App: Vietnam War Timeline
- ThingLink App: Slavery in the Early 1800s
- Prezi App: Prohibition (1920s)
- Pinterest Board for the Vietnam War
|Using Pinterest to present the Vietnam Era|
Playing trivia games with QuizUp:
For years, I gave a "Presidents Quiz" where students created a chart of all the Presidents and then used that chart on a skills quiz. While the grades on this quiz were always okay, this year, my students inspired me to try something different. Students taught me how to play QuizUp and the game has a category for the Presidents. Instead of the traditional paper chart and quiz, students earned a quiz grade by reaching Level 10 in QuizUp. The assignment is linked here for teachers interested in trying this activity. I loved when students played me in the app and it was really gratifying when a student beat me in a history trivia game! I think he was surprised that I was so excited about losing to a student.
Collaborating to create history movies:
Two years ago, I started an annual project where students would create a video on an event, topic or person in U.S. history. This year's project exceeded my highest expectations. While most groups used Windows Movie Maker on laptops, they also used their iPads to gather music, images and write captions. A couple groups decided to experiment with iMovie for iPad instead of using the laptops. The final products were absolutely remarkable and completed in only four class days! By this point in the year, students were pros at how to quickly create, curate and collaborate using their devices - certainly a skill that will pay dividends in the future.
I encourage you to check out these videos! Every one is amazing and compelling, covering a wide range of diverse topics (and chosen by the students):
- Disney and History (created with iMovie for iPad)
- Evolution of the Television
- Music of the Decades
- 2000s Pop Music with connections to technology (created with iMovie for iPad)
- 20 People that made America great
- The Roaring 1920s
- Project Space (History of NASA)
- Pearl Harbor
- Manhattan Project and Nuclear Arms Race
- Kennedy Assassination
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Evolution of Women's Attire
- War on Terror
Communication and Collaboration via Schoology, Google Drive and E-mail:
One of the advantages of moving to digital learning is that now students have many different ways to communicate with me and with each other. We collaborated on study guides throughout each unit using Google Drive and extended our class discussion online through Schoology. Students were able to stay up-to-date with class assignments, activities and due dates using Schoology. Also, when I left to attend conferences in St. Louis and Orlando this year, I could still keep in touch with the class and answer questions from virtually anywhere!
What's exciting is that this is only the beginning! I can't wait to see what students will teach me next year!
|Using Socrative to review for the AP Exam|