So where do we go from here?
As I was reading through the twitter feeds for #DLDay, I found a post about 20 ways to use tablets in the classroom. Since all our students have iPads, this caught my interest. There are some really cool ideas in here! Some I've introduced before and some were new to me. Read on for a few of my favorites.
Discovery Learning and YouTube 360-degree videos. Seriously, I may be late to the party but these are awesome! Load one, hit play and then move around with your iPad. From behind the scenes at the Iowa caucus to tours of Australia to being in the jungle with a band of gorillas, there's a 360-degree video for it.
Another media-centric idea is creating a pod-cast. This might be good for World Language classes or for those students that have difficulty typing but no problem speaking. There are many apps for voice recording including the one mentioned in the article. I've also worked some with Voice Record Pro which seems to have many features for importing and exporting sound files, conversion to other formats and is also free. If you're interested in trying out podcasting let me know and I can provide some how-to resources I've acquired.
Try Sketchnoting - I know that I've mentioned it before. Ya, ya... Several times. But it bears repeating! The built-in and updated Notes app or other drawing apps such as Paper by 53 are great for this. Trust me when I tell you that artistic ability is not required! Simple boxes, lines, bullets and color help to organize and group your thoughts together. With the new features built into these apps you can now organize your notes using lists, hand-written or typed text, shapes, and allow import photos that illustrate concepts.
Book Creator. There is a free version available that allows you to create one eBook. For unlimited books and additional templates such as the comic book template you'll need Tthe full version for $4.99 (or a school can purchase with an Apple VPP voucher for a 50% discount with 20 or more licenses.) It's easy to use and the final product can be exported in several formats.
These are only a few of the ideas mentioned in the article. Read through it and find one that sparks your interest and give it a try!