The more weeks that go by, the more it seems that the iPads are becoming less of an “extra” or “different” way to do things and more just a part of the way we learn, construct, investigate, display, etc.. I started out writing about how we are using the iPads, and now we are using the iPads more and more, that I feel like I’m just writing about our day. My family has even stopped asking “what did you use the iPad for today?”
A couple of simple thoughts I had today:
*sometimes students forget their homework, lunch money, permission slips…no student has forgotten their iPad
*the students seem to have more pride in their work lately…in the past, unless I posted their work on a bulletin board or passed them around the room or group, students were not always able to see each other’s work…when they put work on a blog, a network, an app, etc., not only can classmates can see it, but the whole world can see it…that provides a motivation that I couldn’t have provided without technology
*we’re saving tons of paper
*I could go on and on
Today, the students summarized the plot of two chapters of a fiction novel by creating a Storyboard. My favorite part was the thought processes that students used when they chose illustrations to match their “sum-it-up” statements. Students knew the story took place during the 1930’s and that their pictures should somehow reflect that time period. Kali chose her pictures very quickly and they were a great fit…I asked her how she found them so fast and she said, “I just googled the pictures, but then I used an app to turn them all to black and white to make them look old.” I never would have thought of doing that! Way to use your resources, Kali! The storyboards will be on student blogs. Great work, sixth graders…great way to start out the week! You guys are awesome!