English Language Arts - Teaching Above the Line with Technology

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English Language Arts - Teaching Above the Line with Technology

  • Personalize Learning - Explore ways that technology is used to provide learners feedback and inform instruction

  • Cultivate Information Literate Learners - Discover resources to teach learners how to find and validate information

  • Motivate Learners to Create 24/7 with Real Purpose and for Authentic Audience -See examples of learners publishing their own work using a variety of tools

  • Provide Opportunities to Connect Locally and Globally - Find ways to connect with others beyond the four walls of the classroom

  • Resources and Next Steps - Planning time to create one new “teaching above the line” activity that teachers will implement within the next week 

Assessment: Engaging and Transformative

Thanks to Mark Hammons for facilitating this session with me at CUE15!

Session Webpage - sites.google.com/site/transformassessment/  

Latest Version of Comparison Chart (Pictured Below) -

PDF of Keynote Slides

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment. 

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning 
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible 
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

#ETTiPad Panel Discussion: iPads in the Classroom

Ideas I shared are at https://sites.google.com/site/iosined/  and here...

Question #1 - Why iPads? What has this device brought to your students that may not otherwise have been possible?

-Very personal and intuitive experience 

-wide selection of quality apps 

-accessibility features such as dictation and speech selection are so valuable


Question #2 - How do you balance curriculum and teaching apps? Do you have any recommendations?

-Don’t teach iPads. Leverage the learners you have in the room. 

-If you are using a new app, give students 4 minutes to try and figure the app out on their own and then have students take turns sharing what they learned OR ask a few students to learn the app ahead of time and demonstrate to the rest of the class. 

-Don’t be a tech teacher. Be an information literacy teacher, but not a touch here and touch there teacher. 


Question #3 - How has your classroom or school learning environment changed as a result of giving students access to these devices?

Allows students to own their own learning if given the chance. 

Nothing changes if devices are locked up all day and students don’t get opportunities to own the learning. 


Question #4 - What do you see as some of the best strategies and approaches to using iPads in the classroom, especially with younger students?

-Classroom management and building community is critical. The culture of your learning environment impacts learning with or without technology. Procedures are very important. (Body-Based Research supports that.) Use the iPads to make procedures videos. Great for everyone and helpful when you get new students. 

-Focus on creation apps over content apps!

-everyone has unique situations. Join the conversation on Twitter to find those in similar situations 


Question #5 - How have you worked to overcome obstacles related to iPad integration?

-Planning ahead and involving all stakeholders (especially learners) in the process is key. I also see challenges as an opportunity to think differently about things. For example, those of us who have been using iPads for a while know the Workflow challenges, but I think it's best to see those as opportunities to rethink assignments and innovate. 


Question #6 - How do you explain to parents and administrators the value of using devices with younger students when there are also concerns about screentime and learning critical face-to-face communication skills?

We don’t want children doing the “Blackberry prayer” all day everyday. I encourage everyone to focus less on screen time and more on the quality of screen time. Are students passive consumers of content or creating content? 

General Management Tips:

  • Establish procedures e.g. How to put an iPad away. I have students help in the development of procedures so they have a feeling of ownership.
  • When students are working with a partner or a small group and sharing one iPad, they should take turns "driving". If appropriate, you can even assign roles to group members. 
  • Use timers so students know how long they have to use the device.
  • Headphones are a must and they are very affordable. I have students bring their own earbuds in and keep them in a bag with their name on it. Shared earbuds or headphones are not hygienic in my opinion. The rule in my classroom is "One earbud in and one earbud out". This gives students a chance to hear me when I need to get everyone's attention. 
  • Have students help you make a video demonstrating all of the above so it can be reviewed as needed.
  • If you need to demonstrate an app that will be used for self-directed learning, ask a few students to learn the app ahead of time and demonstrate to the rest of the class.This is extremely helpful when you are busy working with other students because your "experts" can help their classmates and you don't become tech support. 
  • Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.
  • If students are using apps that requires an account (e.g. Edmodo, Google Drive), make sure they log out before they give the iPad to someone else.
  • Create a folder on the dock called "when finished" for apps students can use after they do assignments  



Foothill Consortium BTSA Induction Program

Presentation Slides (PDF)

TodaysMeet Transcript for January 13th

TodaysMeet Transcript for January 20th

Videos Shared:

How do you like the iPad we got you?

Apple - Making a difference. One app at a time.


Explorer Story: Andrew Vanden Heuvel [through Google Glass]

Celeste's Story

Networks for Connecting Learners:

    The Global Education Collaborative Ning - globaleducationconference.com/

    Skype in the Classroom - education.skype.com/ & education.skype.com/guest_speakers 

    Flat Classrooms Ning - flatclassrooms.ning.com/

    Classroom 2.0 Ning - classroom20.com/

    Teachers Connecting - teachersconnecting.com/

    Global Nomads Group - gng.org/

    iEARN - International Education and Resource Network - iearn.org/

    ePals - epals.com/

    Global SchoolNet - globalschoolnet.org/

Tools for Connecting:

    Skype - skype.com/

    Todaysmeet - todaysmeet.com/

    Edmodo - edmodo.com/