I am so very humbled and excited to be a part of iLeap. As a new staff member to Eanes, I hope to share with future 1:1 educators not only what has worked with me since joining this amazing district, but what has totally belly flopped in my classroom. I have been teaching for six years, but in so many ways I want to consider this year as my first year of teaching because there have been so many milestones, changes, setbacks, and learning curves that I have made. So much confusion and aha moments in the same day – worries that came to pass with no problem and lessons that I thought would be worry free that presented themselves with so many problems. To sum up my advice in three words?
It’s. Worth. It.
However much trouble you go through to give an assignment that requires ipad use, andit flops because half your class shows up with it done because their ipads died, crashed, or didn’t have the app. Learning lesson. Worth it.
However much trouble you go through to prepare the online quiz and it flops because everyone is confused about directions. Learning lesson. Worth it.
However much trouble you go through to find the most perfect video to go with your lesson and it flops because once you get to school the video is blocked on all student ipads. Learning lesson. Worth it.
However much you trouble you go through to learn a new app and prepare a new lesson. You think you are rockin it… but you loose your work because your laptop, ipad, computer or website crashes. It’s happened to the best of us. Even students. Learning lesson. Worth it.
There is so much to gain from just diving in. That’s what I did. Although it really didn’t feel like diving. It felt more like someone had tied an anvil around my waist and thrown me off a cliff into an ocean. I was anxious and panicky and felt overwhelmed with new apps to learn how to use and felt like I had to keep up with what the kids and current teachers already knew. And what I noticed as I started using apps without really knowing how to use them…. was that I learned how to use them. I learned really quickly what worked for Language Arts and what didn’t. There were even times that I stopped a lesson mid class because I tried to be “iPady” with it, and it just wasn’t working.
Below you will find the lesson that I am presenting on April 30th. We are in the beginning stages of a project. A project that will require persuasive writing among many other things. This is the Nearpod I used:
and the link:
Here also is a list of links to the apps that I used to carry out this lesson:
The great thing about nearpod is that it is also web based, so those students who forgot their ipad, or those students who don’t have one can hop onto a computer and still complete the lesson.
Pages is not free, but there are endless possibilities when paired with google drive.
This app allows you to remotely access your computer and helps to make your white board more interactive. Although it is not free (currently listed at $2.99) it is worth it because you are not tied to your computer/desk.