I just returned from the Picturing America Teacher Institute in Atlanta. Teachers from multiple disciplines were developing units organized around BIG themes. They were using several pieces of art in their lessons. I was impressed with the technology that they brought with them. How are you using IPads in your class?
I just responded to another thread about iPad use.I have an iPad in my classroom. I LOVE it. I have been using it for quick research, accessing the powerpoint presentations I have on my website, I can show my lesson starter videos on my iPad, and I am experimenting with all kinds of fine art and educational apps. I have even used some of the "touch" games (Tesla Toy, Uzu) that use color to explain "abstract art". My students absolutely love Star Walk to see the constellations and APOD to see the NASA photo of the day. Also, 3D Brain is ultra cool. I have used "Talking Fred" to make announcements to remind kids to study for quizzes. "Fred" is ugly, but the high school kids listen to him, laugh, and get good grades on their quizzes!! LOL
Right now, I am trying to think of ideas for iPad to be used in group activities. We will be getting enough iPads for students to use too. I want to be able to do class lessons using the iPad soon.
I've had my classroom iPad for a month, so I haven't had a chance to see it's full potential. I can't wait for a year to go by. I can't imagine what I will be doing with the iPad then!
I am not able to pull up Thinkfinity videos or interactives on my iPad, which I find me to be a disadvantage since Thinkfinity has so many great resources that can be used during small group work using an iPad. Has anyone found a way to pull up videos on their iPads.
It is my understanding that iPad currently does not support Flash. I expect a change to happen either at Apple, we can hope, or at Thinkfinity because iPads are being used in the classroom today.
You might enjoy becoming a member of our iPad group where teachers are talking to each other on using iPads in their classroom. No educator ever has to feel alone in this community environment. :-)
Were you wondering how to get Picturing America on your iPad or were you just looking for ways to view video on your iPad?
As Jane mentions, iPad doesn't currently support Flash (and I too assume this will change!) Have you tried using the YouTube application on the iPad? That seems to be one of the more reliable ways to view videos using a tablet.
I agree with Jane — join our iPad group so we can trade ideas!
Our middle school librarian displayed the Picturing America posters on easels throughout the library and encouraged teachers to check out the posters to use with their thematic subject units. She also provided teachers with the link to the Picturing America resources on the web.
EDSITEment, which now has the Picturing America website (www.picturingamerica.neh.gov), is refreshing the site. In addition to a revised homepage with clearer links to Picturing America lesson plans on EDSITEment and pages for Picturing America Resource Books in several languages as well as Head Starts' version, there will also be a page with links to PA projects created by teacher/school librarians. Watch for this in next month or early 2011. There are a lot of great products from this NEH project being created and we would very much like to link to them!