The iPad has made a huge splash in the educational marketplace over the last couple of years. This transformative device enables you to create learning opportunities that develop the knowledge and skills that your students are going to need to live, learn, and work in the 21st century. This badging module focuses on the evaluation of iPad Apps for effective classroom applications. The activities for this badge ask you to plan classroom lessons that incorporate the use of the iPad.
Prerequisites: Must have skills outlined in the “Basic iPad Skills” online module
Contact Hours: 5
- Evaluate iPad Apps for classroom use
- Analyze effective classroom uses of iPad Apps to increase student engagement
- Plan lessons that utilize iPad Apps to enhance student learning
iPad Apps and Blooms Taxonomy – This is a great place to start and think about what are your objectives in the lesson and then think about what App would help students achieve that objective.
- Common Sense Media – Common Sense Media’s collection of technology-rich lesson plans. Most of these lesson plans were designed with iPad Apps in mind. You will need to filter by subject and Grade level
- Station Students use Explain Everything… – Hilliard City Schools Technology Blog with an example of a teacher using iPads for students to create work and then peer edit
Choose one of the following assignments to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course. Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.
Choice 1: App Review
In a two page paper, review two iPad Apps that you believe would be helpful for students. Include the following:
- Description of each app
- Criteria and method for evaluating their usefulness in the classroom
- The way in which these Apps could be incorporated into a lesson/unit
- Student expectations with the lesson
Choice 2: Record a Class
Record students working on the iPad in your classroom. The video should be no longer than five minutes. Use some of those five minutes to explain the following:
- What were the objectives of the lesson
- What Apps are being used
- Student comments about Apps used
- Your reflection of the lesson.
You may use any video creation/editing tool of your choice but below are some recommended tools.
Choice 3: Peer Presentation
Create and share an iPad App presentation with at least one other educator. The presentation should focus on one versatile iPad App that could be used by your students on numerous lessons that you teach. Include in the presentation:
- Description of the App
- Criteria for evaluating the usefulness in the classroom
- Examples of how you use in the classroom
- Student expectations for using the Apps
- Include at least ten slides