Lots of things going on and news to report.
Firstly, if you have not yet done so, iOS 6 is available for your ipad if you want to upgrade. I didn't really notice a ton of changes, but whatever you do...don't trust the maps. The word on the street is they are bad and inaccurate...so much so that the Apple CEO actually made a formal, public apology.
Secondly, the online course for The Joy of Mathematics should be ready any moment now. Please be ready to jump in and get progress going once it is formally announced and released by Christine. Remember, if you were an MTM last year, you read Eat that frog...so there should be no excuses for procrastination!
Thirdly, the discussion on the use of the ipad as a document camera or ELMO was fantastic. Idea exchanges like that are the true prupose of bringing you together with the thinkfinity group. Bravo!
Lastly, it's about a week early, but you are about to be busy with the book study, so I thought I would post the required discussion topic. Here goes...
You have been using the ipads for a few months now, so you should have gained some expereince beyond surfing the web, playing games, etc. The previous king of the hill of classroom technology was the handheld calculator and graphing calculator. Do you feel tablet technology, e.g. the ipad, has supplanted the graphing calculator as the supreme classroom technology? Do handheld/graphing calculators still play a vital role in the classroom?
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Hmmm...legitimate question. I guess when I formulated the question I had been considering the following items. At the high school and collegiate level, the graphing calculator has been a mainstay for many years...somewhat to the detriment of any other type of technology. When The Geometer's Sketchpad first came out, I was very excited and was a fairly early adopter...it was and is really powerful, flexible, and cool! Strangely enough, I was met by a lot of resistance...people would say...but it's not a graphing calculator. Also, you will be amazed at how much professional development is focused on graphing calculator usage...even if there are better or easier to use tools available. Now, in the past few years, it seems like the world has gone tablet crazy. Some of this is good...some of it is bad. I was curious to see the reactions of others to this phenomenon. But if you don't use graphing calculators...how about this...
Have you noticed that your colleagues and leaders have gone tablet and ipad crazy? Do you find that you are abandoning or are being encouraged to abandon tried and true tools just to be using tablet technology? What do you think of this? In your opinion is tablet technology the Nirvana of education that some are proposing it to be...or will it just be a passing fad? Comment candidly, but politely, and respond to each other.
Ok before Christine kills me for "dissing" the ipad...I actually am not. When we first got them I was very Android device friendly and had a bit of an anti- Apple bias. Having used and really gotten to know the ipad, it is really a nice and highly useful device. Is is the end all be all device...no, but nothing ever will be. Tech just changes too fast and competition is too fierce. Android has caught up a lot, but, sigh, it just is not as polished as the Apple product. I really think there are some nifty things you can do with multitouch tablets and an very intrigued on possibilities of a touch screen version of The Geometer's Sketchpad or other graphing and curve fitting possibilities. That said, I used multilink cubes last week to have my students "discover" Pascal's triangle. What's my opinion, it's all good...both high and very low tech. Read your audience and sometimes surprise them with the response and methodology they DON'T expect. In other words, be flexible. Don't just scramble for new things just because you can...make sure you have a plan on how to implement and improve with it...but don't be afrais to try.
Bridgette...does this give you a few ideas and some areas with which you can respond. If not, just drop my name and summon me again. (Boy that made me sound like either a genie or a demon...not sure I like my own analogies here... ) What I meant to say was, I am listening and monitoring and will jump in as needed.
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I love having the IPad available for use in my classroom. My tech department has gone above and beyond to make sure I can use it to the best of my ability. They visited with me last week and showed me how to project it using the VGA cord. I am using it this next week in my core classes by showing a lesson created with the educreations app. I am sure that although this is the "hot item" now something bigger and better will come along ...it always does. I haven't abandoned other tools since I have not fully integrated my teaching with using the IPad. I am anxious to see how I feel after using the IPad the remainder of this semester.
YES, the IPAD has taken over or is the envy of those who do not own one! Every teacher on my campus would love to own one for personal reasons as well as professional reasons. The IPAD does not replace any of our tried and true tools but enhances those tools! I do not think this is a fad but more of a sign of progression. Students are excited to use the IPADS, they ask for them and get almost gitty when we have them for our class for the day. It is just another tool to reach their evolving minds! As for me, it makes my life easier in many aspects. I can input grades, look up Cscope, find a recipe for dinner, and receive a loving text from my husband plus many more features all wrapped up in a sweet little kiwi device!
I think the IPad is a great tool in the classroom for both teachers and students. The students are motivated to give that extra effort in math on new skills on the Ipad because they think it is such fun to work on and with! As a teacher, I love it and feel it is a great resource to motivate students to learn and try out new skills. The students do tend to think of it as a game, but they are using their math skills when "playing" on the apps.
I agree with everyone here the iPad is a great tool. Like many others my coworkers are envious. I love the ability to pick up and go anywhere. I take notes, keep minutes, download C-scope, input grades, take attendance, and keep a google calendar for planning. I have limited the use of the iPad for the students. I am encouraging them to earn time on the iPad, I know they love the chance to use it. a had a week in October where everything for me just went wrong. The projector on my smart board went out. I use my smartboard all day. I create lessons using notebook. So I had an "old fashioned" projector and my computer. fortunately my projector came in early. So I was very excited, the tech guy says, I need your computer. my document camera runs through my computer. Small kink in my day. I had to go technology free on a lesson I had already planned. Then I remembered, I had the VGA cable in my drawer. With the help of some plastic storage boxes I was able to rig up a document camera. With some high tech, red neck technology, I was back in business. I love the iPad as a tool. It is necessary, to have a laptop or computer, but the iPad is a wonderful tool.
I Feel that the iPad is another resource tool that we can incorporate with our students, especially those students that need extra intervention and hands on tools to help motivate and build confidence. I get really tired of hearing parents say, "I'm not good at math so my child isn't either," and make it sound like that's ok and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I tell all my students that if they can learn to play a new video game, they can learn math. I don't believe that tablets will take the place of graphing calculators. Graphing calculators have a place in the classroom that is approved by the state. They are a problem solving tool that still requires students to use basic knowledge of number properties as well as processes. Calculators still force students to think about what the correct steps are to solve problems and are limited in their capabilities whereas tablets may be harder to monitor.
At the middle school we use the calculators sparingly, and have a section in cscope later in the year. I don't really know how to get around on the graphing calculators so I don't have much comparison with that and the ipad. I do know that the ipad is becoming a part of me now and I hope that I can implement it more in the classroom as the year goes on.
Last year when our school first got the 2 ipad carts for classrooms I was a little leary about signing up for them because I did not know how to use them. I did anyway and did not realize how much more the kids knew than me. I actually didnt have to do a thing because most of them knew exactly what to do and they taught me. Well, this year is a different story. Since we got our ipads this summer I have been able to learn the ins and outs and feel more confident to use them in my classroom. I can also save documents from Cscope, download programs for the classroom as well as for my grandbaby. Also, with our adapter that we received we can put our screen up onto the smartboard. I will be using it in tutoring a lot and feel this will really motivate my students. The ipad has so much to absorb I think it will take all year to do so...thanks for giving us this opportunity!
I Love iPads in my classroom. I don't think it is replacing anything but definitely has given me a big helping hand and I don't believe that I have scratched the surface. The students love using IPads. I am lucky to have a rolling iPad lab. The students know if they work hard, I will bring the iPads into the class. I have found serval apps that the students love and they are all math. I am sure we all have had the times when you think, if there were a only 20 of me. Well now I can give the students the individual attention they need and want. With other students engaged on iPads I reteach to small struggling groups, review test results, and all students are learning. I love it! If there are any apps that teachers are using, I would love to hear about them. I am using one called "this=that" which is a great order of operation AP.
Well, we don't use graphing calculators in 5th grade, but, I am finding that using the Ipad as a teaching tool increases student attention and participation. The students love using the class sets we have available and I find all students on task and participating in the activity. I also notice when I use my Ipad and have the students respond using the Splashtop feature, Everyone has their hand in the air wanting to participate. Many parents have reported their childdren are requesting the educational apps we use at school for their home devices. Having this as a tool in the classsroom has really been exciting and useful! I envision a future classroom with no paper, no textbooks, but students having their own Ipads to read, write, and do their arithmetic on! I can't wait!
First of all, I want to say that I love the idea of using technology in the classroom especially since there is where we are headed in the world of education. I am unable however to get the most out of it, because my district is still working on getting wifi throughout the school. I have brought it out though to use it in the classroom with the apps that I was able to download prior to the beginning of the year. I love to hear students telling other students that we have an ipad in our classroom. My students have used them in a math station and have found it to be useful. I am hoping to use more out of it as soon as I am able to get to. I would love to allow my students to explore it more.
We don't use graphing calculators in the 5th grade but I think they have a purpose. High school students are still required to learn how to use them because of testing. They are not allowed to use other devices.
I embrace the technology that is being used in our schools. With that being said my school is not wireless so I am unable to use my Ipad like I want. We just got word that our district received a grant for Ipads and e-readers. So, I will wait and see how long it will take to get us wireless.
On my campus a few teachers have a personal Ipad or tablet. We have e-readers for students in the library. I am one of the few that let my students use my nook and kindle in my class. I use it as a reward time.
I'm still working on using my iPad. We don't use calculators in 3rd grade, but my kids in high school are required to get one to use in class and for testing. Just got a Smartboard this year, so technology is not my cup of tea. My kids know more and are helping me when I need it.
When the TI -83 & 84s came out I was lost and seemed to take for ever for me to feel comfortable using them with my students. Last spring I was assigned a set of Nspires. When I try and teach them something on this calculator, they proceed to tell me two or three other ways to do the same thing. They laugh at me when I say "Cool, I love it! I learn something new everyday!!" Obviously I am still learning the Nspires. The ipad is just an additional piece of technology that I am truly excited to learn. It has so many capabilities. I hope I can learn to incorporate them in my classroom to benefit my students. We do not have ipads available for our students in the classroom. Our preAP freshman were just issued laptops to take home and bring to school to use in the classroom. So, we are making progress towards increasing technology. I would love to have a set of ipads for the classroom.
Hopefully I will learn the Nspire and the ipad before they are replaced with something new and I have to start over!!!!!
I just got a keyboard for the ipad for Christmas. This makes things so much easier. (incentive to do my responses!) And you thought I was really dedicated responding on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas To All
We do not use calculators in the classroom because 4th graders are not allowed to use them on the test. I do find though that I am more tempted to grab my calculator to do simple math then work it out in my head or on paper. I know this is bad because I go straight for the calculator and my students are not even given that option. I have not really noticed this before until the question was asked so I guess I need to make more of an effort to workout math problems manually that grabbing for the calculator.
As most of us know claculators are not allowed for student use in 4th grade classrooms, however I personally still use one periodically to make life easier for me hee, hee, hee! I think that overtime technology such as the IPAD will eventually replace everything we use today. It just takes time for us to break old habits such as reaching for that calculator. I do not believe technology such as the IPAD is a fad. Its here to stay and is only gonna get better! It would be awesome to have an IPAD for each student to increase the learning for ALL and I know that one day that will be the case.
I think that in this world of technology, there is always going to be something bigger and better to come along. Right now, I think that tablet technology is the going thing! I know I love mine and use it all the time, both professionally and personally. I think our administrators at our campus, while encouraging the use of the latest technology, still want us to use our tried and true tools as well. Ipads are very motivational tools to get the students focused and excited about learning. As I always say, "Use whatever works!"
My colleagues, students and family are all impressed with the iPad. I use it in the classroom in a variety of ways including math apps and science power points. The students seem to love anything like a uTube clip or Discovery Education lesson. They tell each other, "shhh, she's going to show us a movie!". So, I say, do what works. The student's reactions tell me a lot about how successful a teaching tool will be. The iPad is another tool in my toolbox which includes tried and true methods. Students learn in different ways and as a teacher, I use all methods possible. In the future, there will be new things for us to include.
The Ipad has been a great tool to use. It is so much faster accessing it than getting on the computer. Because of its speed and the ability to carry everywhere, it has become my choice of accessing internet information, use of calculator, etc. Of course, without a keypad, it does take a little longer to input words, etc. However, it is still by far, easier to access and use than a compuer due to speed, size, etc. At our level of education, we do not use calculators but I have personally downloaded a calculator and love using it on the Ipad.
I teach 6th grade math. We use calculators mostly for exploring and developing patterns and don't even have a set of graphing calculators, so I think the iPad may be more useful and more understandable for my students. I know there is a website that shows how a line changes as the variables change. There must be an app that also does it.
I use the free calculator and show the students how to use it. I teach 4th grade so they use simple tools but I want to encourage them to use tech because really they love it and if I can get them to think math through tech then they are motivated to want to. I mentioned the other day how you give a kinder student a control from a xbox they will figure how to use it and most of them will do it on their own. I want to know how to get those student to be self directed that way so maybe with allowing tech into the classroom they will at least be more self directed to learn. I also used talking tom to set up the lesson and also to tell them its time to clean up. At first my special ed and some of the behavior students had to be warned of how to act and not act meaning I did not want them to become rowdy where it took away time from instruction to settle them down so I had to be stern and say if you all cant handle this I will not do it again. It worked in many ways because it set up parameters of expectations. Anyway I love using tech but I do not rely on it.