The iPad and The Teacher

We are about halfway done with our Teacher iPad roll out and it has been an exciting experience.  It is also pretty good timing considering that we are currently in Teacher Appreciation Week!  We have three goals at each deployment session:

  1. Chat about cases – Holy toledo this is a very personal question!  Some people like this color, but not that one.  Some want a front cover, and others want a strap to wrap around their hand.  To accommodate as many people as we can, we are offering three different options for cases to our teachers.
  2. Enroll to our Mobile Device Management (MDM) system – This allows us to push apps out to Teachers without taking their iPad away from them to do a sync with a computer.  Amazing.
  3. Complete the iPad scavenger hunt – We gave Teachers ten different activities to do with their iPad before they left – we had to cut it down from our original eighteen!  We wanted them to know a few quick tricks that could make their iPad experience a little more efficient.  Such as taking a screenshot and creating folders.

We want every teacher to have access to the technology we are putting in the hands of our students and provide an opportunity to explore how technology can be used as a tool for learning.  This is one of many steps toward our goal to have students using technology in their individual and group learning everyday.  Check out our iTunes U course “Exploring the iPad” to learn more about how to get started using your iPad!

Apps to check out:

Scholastic Book Wizard  iOS App Teachers can search for a book or use the built-in-barcode scanner to view the following: Title, Author, Interest Level, Reading Level by Grade Level Equivalent, Lexile Measure, Guided Reading Level, and DRA (developmental reading assessment).

eStandards iOS App Teachers can look up California Common Core Standards for ELA, Literacy, Mathematics, and ELD

Too Noisy iOS App Teachers can display this App while students are working within a group settings.  Will display graphically the noise level in the room, and will let the students known when the noise gets too loud.

Download all the FREE APPS that come with your new iPad Mini – click on them to learn more and obtain the download link.


Using ClassDojo for Class Discussions

Many of you have heard of and started using ClassDojo to give feedback to your students on classroom management.  Students can earn points and class rewards, plus parents can get a record of how their child was behaving in class.  This method of classroom management works great for some teachers and schools, however many schools have a different philosophy on how student behaviour should be modeled/ encouraged.

There is another way ClassDojo can beneficial to your class.  If you have class discussions, socratic circles – you want to encourage all students t participate in the discussion, track who is participating often, and the quality of their comments.  With ClassDojo, you can rename/ add behaviors as the criteria you have your discussion rubric.

For example, you can set your “behaviors”in ClassDojo as:

  • States and Identifies issues
  • Uses Background Knowledge
  • Stipulates claims or definitions
  • Elaborates statements with explanations
  • Acknowledges statements of others
  • Challenges the logic, clarity of statements
  • Invites contributions of others

Now you can quickly acknowledge each contribution to the discussion using your phone or iPad and not disrupt the discussion.  We’ve found this sample discussion rubric:  Check it out!