It’s now been a week since we completed the iPad project with the honors language arts teacher, and a new semester. And no other teachers have signed up to use the iPad carts. With the librarian’s permission, I decided to compose an email to encourage teachers to make use of this great resource. The email is below.
Subject: iPads in the Classroom
Thank you once more for coming to the iPad training session last semester. We recently had our first opportunity to use all 30 iPads for a class project–to a successful result! Mr. K’s 10th grade Language Arts Honors classes used iPads to create short films portraying poems they memorized. Over a 2 week period, the students filmed and edited their videos using multiple iPad APPs such as iMovie, Garageband, and Skitch. Students successfully refined skills in new media and applied their knowledge of analyzing poetry in a different way.
We encourage you to enhance lessons by using these devices. In today’s increasingly digital world, it is important for students to feel comfortable using a variety of devices and they may not always have this opportunity at home. By working with iPads, students can learn to effectively communicate across media, work in teams, and solve problems creatively.
This winter quarter, the library has an intern from the UW ischool working on her Library degree. She and I are available to work with you to plan and implement this technology in your classroom and tailor a project that meets your students’ needs.
Below is a list of available APPs preloaded onto these devices, in additional to the standard APPs like maps and notes.* Many have a web counterpart, so students can continue working from other locations. However, we recognize that not all students have access to these programs outside of school, so we recommend projects be planned for in-class time use only if possible.
Reminder: The sign-up and training materials are linked off the library page of school website, but email and in-person communication will always work!
- Animation Deck
We look forward to hearing from you. Please let us know if you have any questions.
LW & MB
*Please let us know if you have suggestions of other (free) APPs that may be useful!