Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Student Teacher + 1:1 iPads + Science Curriculum Objectives+ Creativity = States of Matter Understandings!!

    Can you imagine a snowman talking to you and telling you his freezing and melting points?  How about turning solid chocolate into a liquid, by adding heat and then turning that liquid chocolate back into a solid by adding cold and documenting the whole experience with pictures that you can turn into diagrams?  Would you consider making things explode to build and understanding of gas and recording it?   These are just a few examples of what is possible with with the help of an iPad and a highly motivated student teacher!!

 When my student teacher first started she came to class without any kind of 1:1 iPad training, but to see her teaching now, you would think she has been teaching this way for years!  Her initial hesitation and concern have evolved into motivation and inspiration!  As she became familiar with the apps we were using and the management that was necessary to have in place to be successful, she was off and running!

Through her creativity and understanding of the curricular objectives, States of Matter has taken a whole new path of hands on learning opportunities, documentation of student understanding (via camera and video possibilities), and app smashing opportunities galore! The unit began with making the decision to use Keynote

 as our application to document and share our learning and understanding for the States of Matter Unit.  Each student created their own Keynote to reflect what they learned from their science investigations, collaboration, science literature, and group discussions.  App smashing was such a fun way to add information to their slides!  And a great way to think "out of the box" to share what we learned.   We used Skitch for  labeling our pictures to create diagrams. Here is an example that one student made for their Keynote slide.

She introduced a new app called Chatterkids to add a new opportunity for kids to explain the freezing point and melting point of solids.  They ABSOLUTELY loved this app! Here is a sample that a student made and recorded:
I can't wait to post the final project to share how and why matter MATTERS to our second grade students!!

I wrote this blog specifically to let educators know that with training and support anything is possible!  My student teacher embraced the opportunity to learn how to use iPads as a tool to drive learning!  She overcame her initial hesitation and jumped in with both feet and head first.  She stepped out of her comfort zone and embraced the opportunity to teach 21st century skills with enthusiasm and creativity.  While she had challenges she reflected on her lessons daily and made the necessary adjustments to meet the diverse needs of students. 
 Anything is possible with the right attitude and support.

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