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1 The Paradigm Is Shifting— Digital Natives and iPads Tri-City Tech Camp June 5-7, 2012 Molly J. Bestge 6 th ELA Teacher and NBCT STEM Center West Fargo, ND

2 Course Description Take a reflective look at how technology has changed the typical student. The first half of this session will examine the paradigm shift in education and reveal the importance of technology integration to today’s digital natives. The second half of this session will be an interactive look at how the use of iPads can enhance student learning and engagement.

3 Participants will be able to… Recognize the paradigm shift in education. Assess technologies available in school/home. Develop a philosophy on technology integration. Explore how iPads can enhance student learning.

4 Supplies iPads (10 6 th Grade STEM) My “technology”  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, camera, flip, etc. Send to participants -PowerPoint

5 Paradigm Shifts in Education… Ever feel like this?????

6 A Paradigm Shift In Education We ARE in the midst of a Paradigm Shift in Education… RSA Animate—”Changing Educational Paradigm” Sir Ken Robinson—Education and Creativity Expert About 12 minutes… While viewing the video, write down at least 3 “take-aways” from the video or things you’d like to discuss…

7 s… s… In your team, take turns going around the team sharing your 3 “Take-Aways.” After you are finished sharing, discuss the following questions: --How can the current educational system be changed to help the “brilliant people who think they’re not”? How can we reach these students? --What did you think of Sir Robinson’s take on ADHD? Do you agree or disagree with him? How so? --How can all of us bring aesthetic (sensory) experiences into our classrooms? --How do you think 21 st Century Learning/Schools should be organized? --Why are kids less likely to think divergently as they age and go through school?

8 ”It’s about the habits of our institutions and the habitats they occupy.”

9 Our Students’ World… Social Media Video (4:26)

10 Teaching with Technology Take a few minutes… Make a list of ALL of the technology that is available to you in your school/consortium.

11 Out-of-the-Box Thinking… Challenge is to REMEMBER that your STUDENTS have technology at their fingertips every day! How could you use… SmartPhones? iPhones? Texting? iPod Touches? Free apps? iPads? Web 2.0 Applications Kindles/nooks/e-readers

12 My Technology List… Student HP netbooks—1 to 1 ◦ Equipped with Wi-Fi Internet, Microsoft Office Package, & MovieMaker/StoryMaker, HP Webcams ActivBoard with Voters 10 iPads (shared among the 6 th grade teachers)  Got from QWEST Grant. We’ll talk about it tomorrow! Lab of 30 computers (only available during B4 each day…) Projector Document Camera I bring… I bring…  My Sony digital camera  My Flip Camera  My iPad  My iPod Touch  My iPhone Students bring… Students bring…  Their iPod Touch  Their Smart Phones  Their iPods  Their iPads  Their Kindles/nook e-readers  Their tablets (Zoom, etc.)  Their Jump/Flash Drives

13 Go Back to Your List… Anything you’d like to add as a piece of technology that is available to you???

14 My Philosophy on Technology Integration I do not feel obligated to use technology every single day in each lesson. My goal is to use technology to ENHANCE student learning. ◦ Technology is a tool, not fluff, not filler! ◦ When used well, technology can boost student achievement by keeping students engaged in what is relevant to them. I have to have an educational purpose for using the technology. I am not afraid to not know everything about an app or Web 2.0 program before I use it with students. I model learning and collaboration alongside my students. Use the technology of the “culture” that your students are embedded within. You need to know what they use to be RELEVANT! Know their devices!!! ◦ Are you on FaceBook? Twitter? Do you text? Do you know how to use your phone well?

15 My Philosophy on Technology Integration I am committed to knowing and experiencing what is “current” in the technology movement. I am committed to knowing and experiencing what is “current” in the technology movement. I am committed! ◦ I am currently building a website, blog, and consume books on my iPad. I research new apps to use in the classroom at home. I use my iPhone for its calendar function and to check my s from multiple accounts. I do all of my shopping lists on my iPad and take it along with me shopping! I coupon using my iPad & iPhone. I do all of my scrapbooking online. The list goes ON and ON! I am committed!

16 What is YOUR Philosophy? Each of our situations is different—with what is available to us and how we access technology… How do you see technology integration in YOUR classroom? Does YOUR paradigm need to shift?

17 The iPad Single most innovative technology tool to come to education! Allows for differentiation of learning. Students are ENGAGED and EXCITED to use the technology to learn. Touch screen allows for instant feedback. 100s of new educational apps enter the marketplace daily.

18 Our 10 iPads Wrote a grant through QWEST in the fall of 2010 to get 10 iPads to be used to enhance student achievement at the STEM Center. Took about 10 hours to write up the grant and do the research involved in “making the case” for the technology. Sought additional funding ($500) from the PTO to get a hard Pelican Case for the iPads and more money for paid apps. The 10 iPads are shared among 3 teachers, and are only used by the 6 th grade team. Students established the “norms” for iPad use, and have really enjoyed the added engagement that it has brought to their learning.

19 Our 10 iPads in action!

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21 Our Favorite Apps… Chicktionary Boggle Angry Birds Geared (Free or paid) Set Lite Toy Physics SWAP (Stranded Without a Phone) Bubble Ball Chess Free Mad Libs Poetry Magnets Silly Lite Brain Pop Today’s Meet AND THERE ARE MANY MORE!!!!

22 How We Use the iPads to Enhance Student Learning Math Remediation  Math Remediation  selected apps to help with measurement, math facts, and problem-solving. Reading Fluency  Reading Fluency  Several apps have been developed to help student increase reading fluency. They are timed as they read. Word Work  Word Work  Students who work with words are more aware of how to use them in their writer’s craft. It’s also about strategy! Problem-Solving Skills  Problem-Solving Skills  Strategy apps are HUGE for problem-solving skills. And the kids LOVE them! TEAM use  TEAM use  Since we only have 10 iPads, our activities with them often involve team activities. Collaboration  Collaboration  Using Today’s Meet especially! Can have discussions among the teams about subjects and have a recorded conversation! Subject or Topic Focused Apps  Subject or Topic Focused Apps  Based on big ideas/concepts in units, search apps to enhance understanding of a subject/topic of study. i.e. Ancient Civilizations, science concepts, survival, Everest, etc.

23 But Don’t Forget… KIDS have technologies that they can bring into the classroom! KIDS have technologies that they can bring into the classroom! ◦ How can you use the iPod Touch? ◦ How can you use Smart Phones/iPhones? ◦ How can you use iPods/mp3 players? ◦ How can you use e-readers? FREE APPS are a great resource! FREE APPS are a great resource! ◦ If you share an app with kids, they will more than likely go and download it on their own! ◦ THEN, when you have down time or option time, you can focus the kids on using certain apps that meet your standards!

24 Time to EXPLORE the apps on WF STEM’s iPads. Make a running list of apps that you think you could use in your classroom and with which unit of study. Be thinking about how you could use STUDENT resources to enhance the learning that happens in your classrooms. --Write those down, too! What is your school’s policy on personal electronic devices? How can you use them to your advantage as a 21 st Century educator?

25 THANK YOU! I hope that you’ve learned a few things you can take back to your classroom. I know that I have learned so much from you! Molly J. Bestge 6 th Grade Language Arts Teacher and Nationally Board Certified Teacher STEM Center in West Fargo, ND


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