Tag Archives: iPad

Classroom Examples: iPads

20 Nov

A video highlighting some examples of how students are utilizing iPads in several classrooms at my school.

EdPuzzle: Great Subplans….

19 Nov

I was recently out of class presenting at a conference and looking for a way to keep my students moving forward in my curriculum.  Usually when I miss class for a conference I try and time it around a project, group work or a hands-on activity that a substitute teacher could easily oversee, however that just wasn’t possible this time.  My class was heading into a very challenging section of the curriculum where they were learning about the steps of muscle contraction.  This is a very complicated process where I usually walk them through it using an App Called Animation Creator HD.

(see post here:     https://ipads4education.org/2013/10/08/using-student-created-animation-to-increase-understanding/ )

(see my Book on the iTunes Bookstore about teaching this concept:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/student-created-science-animation/id860822256?mt=11&uo=4)

One Best Thing

What made this different then both of those situations?  I was not in the room!  I decided to use a combination of Edpuzzle.com and  Animation Creator to help my students learn about muscle contraction.  I used three Kahn Academy videos on muscle contraction (Myosin and Actin, Tropmyosin and Troponin, and The Role of the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum) but loaded them into EdPuzzle so I could add my own audio and short quiz questions to help further my students’ understanding.  If you are not familiar with EdPuzzle, the website allows teachers to take videos they have created or found on the web and add interactive content.  Teachers can add their own audio over the entire video or just pause the video at a specific point and explain a topic further that perhaps their students were not as familiar with.  I did this a number of times which helped scaffold my students up to the higher level content found in these videos.  The interactive piece comes from the discussion questions and multiple choice questions that you can add to any video.  This forces students to pause, reflect and answer a question before they are allowed to move on in the video.  I found this particularly helpful because I was out of the building.  However, because I still had access to the internet, I could sit and watch my students progress through the videos and watch which answers they were getting right and which ones they were getting wrong.

Lastly, I create a short video using a program called Reflector on my Mac to record a movie on how to create a muscle contraction animation on iPad.  Students worked in pairs because one students showed the video on their iPad while they worked together on the other iPad to create the animation.  For homework both students were required to add their own audio to the animation using iMovie.

I have to admit that I was worried that my students would struggle with all of the new technology and the new content but they didn’t!  My students had NEVER used Edpuzzle or Animation Creator but they were able to figure it out!  I just sent them the links and a few instructions and they were off and learning.  I was amazed with what they created the last two days in class and pretty happy with how much they had learned.

Timeline Creation App for iPad

28 Mar

Last week I was walking down the hall and saw a group of students working on a timeline for their Biology class.  They had a large white sheet of paper (about 6 feet long) and they were measuring out a distance of time on it and adding significant events.  As I got back to my desk I thought to myself “there has to be a great iPad app out there that can do this in a more meaningful way.”  After searching for just a short time I discovered a great App: 3DTimeline.  Although this App is $9.99 it is well worth it for the ease of use and the professional looking product that gets created when you are finished.  Because students can add images and video to their timelines it can be used as a standalone project or as part of a larger presentation.  (In the end it almost has a Prezi feel to it)

Major Features:

Easy to edit:  As you can see in the image below, the ability to add new events and information about that event is very intuitive.

3D timeline


Timeline creates a beautiful finished product that can be viewed in either 3D within the app or sent our of the App as a PDF.

See result of a timeline below at the end of this overview video.




Flipboard for PLN

1 Mar

If you have not used Flipboard, or another app like it, to curate all of your incoming information from RSS feeds, Twitter and other websites you are missing out.  I found myself checking three or four different blogs a week, several news sources and monitoring a number of twitter hashtags in my effort to keep up with educational technology.  Flipboard is a great iPad app that curates all of this information into one place and displays it in a layout, similar to a magazine.  Now I just have to spend a few minutes a day “flipping” through my different magazines (or boards)  on Flipboard.

In addition to reading articles, twitter feeds and blog posts, you can create your own boards  to curate information you are interested in.  Several teachers at our school are using this to compile articles for their students to read.  The teachers create boards centered around topics their students are researching and the student subscribe to their teacher’s boards.    These boards immediately update on the student’s Flipboard App giving them the most up to date articles to read.

See the  short video demo below:

Stop Motion Animation

28 Feb

Stop motion animation can be a great way to get students to create short videos around different topics.  Students can use stop motion to create short animated films or to demonstrate knowledge of a particular process.  In my class we have used it to help student learn processes like Glycolysis and Mitosis/Meiosis, but I have seen it used in English and Social Studies to tell stories as well.

See the student examples below that were made with iMotion HD

This is an easy app that is FREE and allows students to create wonderful stop motion videos.

Meiosis Student Examples 

Glycolysis Student Examples 

My Maps Editor_ A geolocation activity

6 Feb

This is a email from one of the Geoscience teachers at my school that is also apart of our iPad pilot.  She used My Maps Editor to have students place volcanoes on a Google Earth map.  When the add these locations they can also add additional information including text and pictures.  See the information below and feel free to download her example and directions.  I could see the being usefull in other classes including Geography and any language class.

I use My Maps Editor (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-maps-editor/id389114621?mt=8) to create a Google Map in geoscience.  I also attached the data for part of the assignment that I quickly created so you can see what the final product may look like (when it opens in Google Earth you likely have to zoom in to see the volcano icons).

Volcano mapping MY MAPS instructions iPad

Basically, My Maps Editor allows you create a map and add data points, lines, etc to that map.  The data can then be exported to Google Earth or uploaded & submitted to Canvas for me to view.   For each of the data points you can type in detailed information and add a photo easily from your camera roll (assuming you are signed in to your Google account through the app).  Map locations can be search by point of interest, city, or coordinates (latitude, longitude) as long as Google Maps is enabled through the app.  I also like the option to have the Google Maps integration and satellite view as well (especially for geoscience).  Data point icons can also be changed so that you may have a variety of colors, shapes, images, etc (they have a little volcano icon!).

For this geoscience assignment, students had to map volcanoes we have been discussing in class, as well as other active/infamous volcanoes, include information/images for each, then eventually draw in the major tectonic plate boundaries so that we can see the relationship between the different plate boundaries, type of volcano and activity status of the volcanoes.

This is a pretty cool app that I will definitely be using for multiple geoscience activities and hopefully other teachers can use it as well.

Workflow Presentation

6 Feb

Here are my slides from my presentation on student/teacher workflow with an iPad.  I have given the presentation a few different times and thought I would share the slides.  If you are interested in more information please contact me.

Collecting and Distributing Student Work copy