I may be the last to know this, but I found this tip and got so excited! I read several blogs and now that I have an iPad, I do a lot of reading on it. Some blogs and news sites are cluttered with ads - which I totally understand the need for. These ads though make the text area of the blog much smaller on an iPad and difficult to read. Fortunately, Apple created a super feature in Safari. When you are viewing a blog or news site in Safai, a special button will appear in the address bar - READER. When you click on this button,a floating window will pop up with just the blog or news text! I love it!
I usually share about technology in my blog, but today a friend shared a video with me that really struck home. Women in technology are not generally the beauty queens or the cheerleaders - though some are. Many of us don't see ourselves as beautiful as we really are. This video was created to remind us of how others see us as beautiful.
My school is adopting iPads next year for grades 6-9. Very exciting but also a bit daunting as to classroom management etc. I have thought about the apps that I want to use, but recently I have come upon some nice ideas for dealing with the physical nature of using them in the classroom. Do I have the students keep them in the backpacks during class if we aren't using them? What about if a student forgot to charge last night and wants to charge in my class for the next class period where he will be using it? If the desks are flat, how can we prop them up without spending lots of money on stands? These questions are starting to come up as the faculty have become more familiar with the apps and making plans on using them next year.
Here are a few easy and cheap ideas for dealing with iPads in your classroom.
1. No-cost iPad stand - learn how to make a stand from a wire coat hanger!
2. Use a plastic dish rack to store iPads and as a charging station!
3. Young children at home? Borrow some TinkerToys and build your own. You could also use Legos if you have those handy!
Social Media....you know what it is, but do you use it? Why, yes, you say? Most of us use social media for just that - socializing online! But there are many other ways that you could be using social media to connect with your students. I don't want you to think that you should use Facebook and friend all your students - hey, I have my limits and that wouldn't be wise. What you can do is use some of the vast array of social media sites to have a professional account that you could use with students only or professionally.
I ran across this great infographic that shares many ways you can use social media in the classroom. I am not a big fan of using Facebook with students, but there is another site called Edmodo that has a similar look and feel as Facebook.
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Susan B. Bardin
As a computer science teacher, I find many cool new things in the way of educational technology. This is where I share what I've found.