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A Teacher’s Guide to Google Drive for iPad FREE!

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.09.27 PMA Teacher’s Guide to Google Drive for iPad

Great Tool for Using Google Drive on your iPad.

Urban Schools have Good Results with IPADS

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via Education Dive

When the iPad first came out in 2010,  Jennie Magiera made fun of her friends for buying them: “Nice job–you got a giant iPhone that can’t make phone calls!!”  But when a grant bought iPads for her fourth and fifth grade class, the teacher quickly found a path to transforming her teaching and learning practice. While tests are only one measurement of success, she went from having just one student out of 15 “exceed” on state tests in fourth grade, to having 10 “exceed” the next year.

Just three years later she has gone from the classroom to helping other teachers implement one-to-one iPad programs, as the digital learning coordinator of the Academy of Urban School Leadership, a network of 29 public (non-charter) schools that are 90% free and reduced lunch. Her focus is on using technology to make good teachers better, and to let students be the best they can be.

“I could seriously sit here till we both passed out telling stories of powerful things that happen every day,” Magiera says.

he students in Magiera’s network are not “digital natives.” Most of them don’t have access to devices at home because of family income. Nevertheless, they are engaged by and excited about using computers, and because the teachers are learning to use them along with the students, there’s sometimes a role reversal in the learning process.

“We had three girls who came in during recess because it was cold and wanted to help us provision the tablets,” says Magiera, meaning setting them up to run certain kinds of apps. “Right away they started problem-solving: ‘She already hit that button…’ ‘Why don’t you try the green box in the upper left hand corner, since you already did the blue one in the lower right?’” They learned the term “microUSB” and created an organizing system to see which iPads were charged.  In this mundane technical activity, Magiera saw the students take on a real problem and work alongside adults in a way that seven-year-olds don’t always get a chance to do.

With so much focus on the troubled iPad rollout in Los Angeles, it’s nice to remember that iPads do have the potential to be a powerful learning tool if set up and used properly.

Teaching Future Teachers by Critiquing Their Uploaded Performances

via Campus Technology

This looks like a great solution to the problem of new teacher performance in the classroom.   Here’s another use for IPADs in the classroom as well.

Gardner-Webb University’s (GWU) School of Education has adopted a new Web-based program to augment in-class instruction and help student educators fine tune their teaching practices.

GWU began using Teachscape this fall as part of its teacher preparation program. The implementation supports a larger statewide move toward a digital learning environment.

“We’re committed to continuously improving our program and empowering our students and teachers to continuously improve as well,” said Kelly Taylor, assistant professor and chair of middle grades education at the university, in a prepared statement. “With the state moving to textbook-free teaching, we need to prepare our students to teach in an environment where content is digital and Teachscape is helping us do this.”

As part of the new program, students are now taking courses online through Teachscape Learn. The Web courses, taken in conjunction with on-campus classes, are designed to supplement the in-class instruction, reinforcing key concepts and practices. Professors use the platform to “deliver the courses, track and monitor student learning progress, and provide targeted instruction as needed.”

Students are also using the system to observe, evaluate, and receive constructive feedback on their teaching practices. Students use iPads to capture video of their student teaching sessions then upload the recordings to the platform for peers and instructors to assess.

GWU’s new resource fills a practical need, according to student teacher Amber Travis, a senior in the School of Education’s elementary education program and president of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).

“As rising educators, we’ll be able to use these new tools from Teachscape to critique ourselves and further challenge the learning experiences we already have in class time and in the field,” said Travis.