So I have been asked by local schools to quit teaching smartboard. I am on the fence about this because my ed tech classes are a mix of Early childhood, elementary and secondary students. So this semester, I instead made smartboard a choice, not a requirement and we will see how that goes.
Instead I made interactive whiteboard apps a requirement. (they have been for several years) but I have always struggled to think of a way to have students use them in a meaningful way and not waste important content time. Also, slimming smartboard bought me more coding time, a chance to visit our connect ed school in OKC, and more time for interactive whiteboards.
- Previous Attempts:
I have had them make tutorials (snoozeville) and then it also only focuses on the tech not content.
- Last year I tried to have them report on Horizon report and the National Ed tech plan – and that was problematic for two reasons. Dry content and then they tried to use the IWB as powerpoint -which they are not..
So I had to redesign the assignment again. Additionally, on my evaluations, I always have complaints about not doing enough allow enough content choices (ie.. secondary want to do secondary, early childhood want early childhood etc..) And all my students have iPads so how do I do it?
This summer I realized I was not using a great resource – the Apple Distinguished Educator Books available in the iBooks store. They can be hard to search for but there is way to link to them.
This listing gets you to all the books that have been published by Apple Distinguished Educators where they associated it with their account. These are stories from the classroom, of how they are using Apple tools in the classroom and different Apps.
So to teach interactive whiteboards, I divided students up into groups and assigned them a interactive whiteboard ish app (Baiboard, Notability, Explain Everything, Educreations, ShowMe, Paper by 53, and NearPod) Then I let them pick any book from this list.. It was great because they triaged the books for me and could share with their classmates a few that are really good.
I am pretty happy with the assignment, they picked things they liked and were able to demo the apps well. I learned some new tricks in different apps and students were creative in using the tools. They also had strong opinions which is what I wanted them to have so they can influence choices as a teacher by their school.
They needed more than 10 minutes for sure to present though. I need to also add a youtube tutorial watching requirement (I could tell the groups that knew the apps better than others). Finally, I need to make a dibs google doc. ( Ie.. I need to have people call “Dibs” on a book), because after three classes, Bea Leiderman, I love ya, but if I see the Aphid story one more time, I am going to wig out. So not allowing a duplicate book is more for me than anyone else. Also, I could have directed them towards some that I really like – for example no one read Peter Esperanza, Brendan Kelly, Letty Batista or Dustin Carlson,(to name a few there are so many more..) and those are some good books for my preservice audience. However, in the end their choice was important for me both to learn what mattered to them and to give them ownership. Also it seems there are books that I know that are out there do not show populate the ADE directory in iBooks – different Apple ID maybe? (For example Letty, Samantha and Jim ‘s heart book which is published under UGA – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-heart-lungs-corazon-y-pulmones/id1047843039?mt=11 )
Here are some of the books
I did not get an exhaustive list,(and I fudged the titles a bit as I went – my apologies but use the links) but here are some of the good ones that students really liked.. If you are not checking out Apple Distinguished Educator books on the IBooks store, you should be.
Mary Kemper is a Math Rockstar ! I have had several students create reviews of two of her books. what I really liked that is that elementary and secondary math minded students found stuff they liked.
Patterns – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/patterns/id1195763478?mt=11
Bea Leiderman – Great story books with her bug photography My students really went to the Lady Bug and Aphids – They loved the independent nature of aphids – cuz they don’t need no man!
Rabbi Michael Cohen -Students Teaching Students This sparked a good discussion on how to group students. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/student-teaching-students/id1081721908?mt=11
Mat Pullen – Engaging Parents – students liked this because they feel not especially well prepared. They also loved Mat’s son in the pictures. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-schools-can-engage-with-parents-using-technology/id1024718761?mt=11
Jodie Deinheimer -Middle School zoo book. This was a favorite among all three classes. They liked that the students had made the book themselves and found it appropriate for elementary students as well. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/through-their-eyes/id1105593599?mt=11
Cathy Hunt – IPad Art – I had three really artsy students – all different majors and they loved trying out the apps and getting inspired about how they could incorporate art in the regular curriculum. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-art/id706608032?mt=11
John Neal Augmented Reality – This book was great because it made it seem approachable (which it is) and the students had ideas about using it AR right away and they tied it into IOS 11 and how you will be able to use AR tool kit. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/augmented-reality-a-teachers-handbook/id1074499012?mt=11
Joe Allen – this book was very popular because students were hungry for ideas to help students. While it is Aussie, it had some great overviews for the students to think about accessibility and easy to use apps. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/technology-to-support-students-literacy-difficulties/id1068322814?mt=11
Jenny Graibec – Jenny is well known as an expert for kids with learning differences. Many of my students reviewed this book and she took the air out of my accessibility lesson. happy to have that happen. Students were excited to try out the tools she talked about. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ican-with-ios/id1057967830?mt=11
Natalie Woodward This is an international book and I don’t think I know Natalie. but the book was called iFlipped and it really had students debating if flipped learning was a good or bad thing. Fruitful discussion for sure. Many were unsure what flipped was.. so definitions were great. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/iflipped/id1097347389?mt=11
David Wingler – Gamification for Math. This book was chosen often for a great cover and gamification. Students explored using this app and liked the idea. It will be food for thought. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gamification-made-easy/id1052413867?mt=13
April Requard Keynote for storytelling. Students really enjoyed this book because of the showcase of student work and the creativity. It allowed me to talk about the updated vector shapes in Keynote which was a great teachable moment. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-key-note-to-storytelling/id1058989829?mt=11
Students Baiboard as a group presentation with questions throughout.