The ipad and iphone is a great tool that allows students to maximize the learning resources they have access to. Students can surf the web and create anything from an essay to a movie on and ipad or iphone. Of course in order to use these you have to know how to use them. Below are some tips that make using an ipad or iphone as easy as possible.
When switching between apps double tap the home button and swipe from left to right to see what apps are open. To go to one of these click on the app. If you would like to close one of these swipe up on the app.
In order to restrict apps go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > enter a passcode to allow what apps can and cannot be used with out the passcode. When done make sure to return restrictions to off so the ipad can be used freely again.
Hit the space bar twice to type a period and a space.
Double tab the shift key to enable caps lock.
Hold down keys to see special characters/ letters.
In order to add international keyboards go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. In order to use the keyboard in the selected language look for the globe in the bottom left of the keyboard on the screen and tap on it to cycle through the different languages.
Hold the .com key down to get other options like .us, .org, .edu and .net
Find a word or phrase in safari by going to the search bar when on the page and typing the word or phrase and taping the word or phrase under “On This Page”.
Google Forms is a great no-cost tool for creating any type of form, such as surveys and assessments. There are nearly endless possibilities for what it can be used for. In this video I show the basics of how to use Google Forms, by creating an intake form a middle school math teacher might give to incoming students:
This tutorial is on the web-based quiz software called Kahoot. It makes it easy to gather data from a class in the form of surveys, discussions, or quizzes. Each student must have an iPad, iPhone, computer, or some other internet-capable device to take the quiz. Here is the tutorial:
The Google Chrome Web Store is full of many tools to help teachers teach their subjects and students understand their classes. One of the many tools on the chrome web store that can vastly enhance the student and teachers experience in the classroom is HUMAN 3.0. HUMAN 3.0 allows teachers and students alike to view the human body under different situations. The tool can also let the user search for and see certain parts of the human body under different situations. This tool allows students to view the human body doing things in a way that would be impossible with out the use of chrome. Another tool offered on chrome for free is GeoGebra. GeoGebra allows the user to graph in and explore other geometry ideas in a 2d or 3d plane. GeoGebra now lets a teacher graph clearly and in way that can help the student understand.
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Computers add a lot to a modern class. They have many utilities that can be used for any number of different activities. Applications on tablets can also enrich the experience of a class. Being able to do something virtually that could otherwise not be done allows new activities to be part of a class. For example, if someone is disgusted by a dissection, a virtual dissection app may exist and can allow this person to experience the same dissection. Also, if there is any information that is not found in sources in a classroom or the library, a computer or tablet allows a student to find answers via the internet. The language department in Ashland High School also utilizes the computers’ recording functionality to let many people have a speaking test at once..
However, computer usage should be limited to necessity. If information can be found in sources within the classroom, those sources should be used instead of the internet. Otherwise, students will not know how to find information alone, but instead they will only know how to find information on the internet. Also, when finding information on a computer is needed, a student should know what websites are trustworthy, and which have potentially incorrect information. Also, if apps are used instead of class activities, people will not gain the full knowledge of the experience. A person is more likely to make their own discoveries doing a real dissection than a virtual one, for example. Using computers does not promote discovery and curiosity nearly as much as actual activity.
Computers, while useful in many cases, should not be a part of everyday classes. Students must learn to manage finding information without computers. Also, in order to promote people’s individuality and curiosity, normal class activities should be continued separate from computers, including computers only when absolutely necessary. From a young age, people should be learning to complete tasks without assistance from computers. Otherwise they will become computer dependent.
Schoology is a popular tool that is gaining much popularity in school systems. Now that there is an app for Schoology available on the iPad and other mobile devices, there are even more advantages to using Schoology in the classroom.
Now that our schools are getting access to new equipment for the classroom like iPads, this is a great time to start getting teachers and students on Schoology. Just like the desktop version, the app has all of the same features except it is in mobile form. If you are unfamiliar with Schoology in general, check out this video.
Wolfram Alpha is a website that allows easy access to a large amount of information. It has facts, data, and can be used to solve mathematical equations. For example, I can ask Wolfram Alpha for the “population of the united states”. After this is interpreted, I receive a page full of data and statistics. This page may seem familiar if you have ever asked Siri on the iPhone for statistics, this is where Apple pulls that information from.
Quizlet is my hero. I have thrown away all my paper flash cards in exchange for this amazing studying tool. Whenever I have a test in any subject that requires memorization, I immediately turn to it. Honestly, I am not a firm believer in rote memorization as a form of education. But Quizlet is different and I always leave knowing my facts cold. The interface is clean and simple, the activities are engaging, and learning with Quizlet is, dare I say, fun!
My favorite aspect of Quizlet is its versatility. Many falsely assume that flashcards are merely for english vocabulary words, but that is far from the truth. I use Quizlet for every class on my schedule. For an upcoming history test, I will make a set that asks me questions that require me to reply with facts and dates. For a chemistry exam, I will use pictures of bonds and ask myself to identify them. For a spanish quiz, I will use the Speller activity to say the spanish word aloud in the correct pronunciation before I spell it correctly. Quizlet ingrains everything and anything I want into my mind.
Entering in the words and definitions becomes my first form of studying, as it forces me to type out what I need to know. After data entry, I can pick between a wide variety of learning activities, from a fast-paced space-race or scatter game to a slower-paced (but no less engaging) test or Speller.
Clad in pajamas, Salman Khan has changed the world of education with a laptop and a cheap microphone. He created a series of videos on a simple YouTube channel that evolved into thousands of captivating lessons on a dynamic website. Khan has established Khan Academy: an organization that has evolved into the future of schooling.