#ClasskickChat Recap: Courageous Edventures

#ClasskickChat August 2, 2016

The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow in their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This book charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown - and discover their own version of classroom innovation. 

Whether you have a device in the hands of every student, nothing but a laptop and a projector, or you're simply looking towards the future, this book is your partner in inspiration and "I can do this" ideas. As a classroom teacher, I rarely found time to sit down and read long professional texts. Keeping this in mind, I've filled this book with images, diagrams, real lesson plans and resources that you can download for use immediately. Moreover, the format of the book is set up so you can use it as a quick reference to solve certain problems or follow it as a step-by-step pathway to transform your classroom. As you embark on your expedition towards the great unknown of Innovation Isle, I hope this book will be your atlas and your companion. 


How have students surprised you using iPads?

This was the premise for our Tuesday, August 2nd #ClasskickChat. Here's how the conversation started:

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q1: Share some ways your students have surprised or amazed you with their use of iPads. #ClasskickChat
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A1: I had to push students to use their iPads as resources - things that weren't just games - and show how to LEARN with them! #ClasskickChat
Tim Luo @timoman A1: I consider myself pretty tech-savvy, but watching how comfortable students are using iPads and other tech is astonishing #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @EmilyMuender Students have surprised me with making videos and editing using iPads with minimal instruction #ClasskickChat
Abby @spoerlab1446 @Emilymuender Agreed! For my students, iPads seemed to be second nature to them. #ClasskickChat
Pamela Kent @PamelaKentWGIS A1: students always find the shortcuts or other creative ways to use apps. They are not scared to explore. #ClasskickChat

Students are able to hit the ground running when it comes to using iPads and other pieces of technology! As educators, we are continually pleasantly surprised by their willingness to explore, create, iterate, and produce using devices. 


How do iPads compare to other devices in terms of student learning?

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q2: How are iPads better or worse than other devices when it comes to supporting student learning? #ClasskickChat
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A2: I think the mobility of the iPad helps it get into the hands of little learners so easily! #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk A2: I'm partial to the natural interface of an iPad. I know they're expensive in many ways, but they are my favorite. #ClasskickChat
theAPPyclass @theAPPyclass A2: I love the mobility of iPads. Students can record their learning anywhere. #ClasskickChat
Thomas @tmnerd A2: I feel iPads are better for exploring of new things. It's hard to break them. Other software platforms can be easier to break. #ClasskickChat
Colin Shevlin @cwshevlin A2: iPads let you be more tactile. Drawing and manipulating things on the screen become easier. Laptops are better at typing. #ClasskickChat
Rickie Yudin @cwshevlin almost like they allow us to use our natural gross and fine motor skills as we would with paper and pencil #ClasskickChat
Tim Luo @timoman A2: iPads are great with interactivity, but when it comes to money and typing, laptops or chromebooks are better #ClasskickChat
Janet Chow @JanetChowMSc A2 shared iPads offer collaborative convos for problem solving #ClasskickChat

It seems we recognize that iPads are extremely mobile and tactile-friendly, especially for our smallest learners and those making the transition from paper-and-pencil to devices. We also like encourage the conversations that come from sharing iPads amongst several students. There is a case to be made, however, for the extreme cost of iPads and how we might be able to afford more laptops at those prices. 


The conversation then shifted to the specific elements of current events being discussed in classrooms: 

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q3: What tips do you have for people with a handful of iPads but a desire to digitally individualize learning? #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk A3: BYOD or group multiple students on one iPad. Even rotate students in stations. Don't let low numbers stop you! #ClasskickChat
Kami @KamiButterfield @Beyond_the_Desk Agree 100%... #ClasskickChat
Laura Litton @LauraLitton @Beyond_the_Desk Definitely agree: students working together leads to many skills being practiced, in addition to the content #ClasskickChat
Colin Shevlin @cwshevlin A3: Use your few iPads in a differentiated center. Bonus: Use Classkick to monitor students from across the room. #ClasskickChat
Janet Chow @JanetChowMSc A3: Engage in team goals, rotate through the day to allow access. Upload sections to Google Apps for Education accounts to save #ClasskickChat
Thomas @tmnerd A3: Groups, pairs, pods, have part of the class using iPads and part doing something more hands on, then switch, etc. #ClasskickChat
Rickie Yudin @rickieyudin A3: not only about a logistical plan for sharing devices, but having the right information to plan the right content #ClasskickChat
Pamela Kent @PamelaKentWGIS A3: I am fortunate to have 1:1 iPads but I make sure when they are working that screens are visible to me. #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @Emilymuender if you only have limited iPads it is a great incentive to use for extension activities #ClasskickChat

Whether we are 1:1 with devices in our classrooms, or have only a few, we find creative ways to keep all students engaged and logical ways to share devices. We have tried using them in centers, as incentives, and planning the right content to use with devices. 


How are we sharing student work with the world?

Here's what the Classkick community thought:

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q4: How do you share what students have created on their iPads with parents and administrators? #ClasskickChat
Greg @gbob2284 Create a social media account for you or your school. That can be sticky though #ClasskickChat
Pamela Kent @pamelakentWGIS A4 Students routinely email parents from iPad and share a screen shot, photo, or other item of work. #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk A4: I don't have a good system yet, but I like what @ClassDojo has been adding. Safely share what's going on in the room. #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @Emilymuender QR codes are great for sharing with limited resources right? I have been meaning to incorporate them more in my classroom #ClasskickChat
Jane Chow @JanetChowMSc @Emilymuender Yes we use them on bulletin boards. But must upload project somewhere. We use GAFE. #ClasskickChat

Sharing students' work with the outside world can have it's tricky moments. Should we use a public social media account or more private student emails? Either way, we all recognize the importance of sharing student work with parents and administrators and like to empower our students to do so. 


Can we create student technology teams?

Here's what Classkick Teachers discussed: 

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q5: Has anyone ever set up a student tech leadership team? Share your top tips! If you haven't, what questions do you have? #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk @MsMagiera I think my school needs to do this! They do at our high school, and the students do very well with it. #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @Emilymuender Recommend having "student training" We did it at lunch one day to go over rules so kids aren't disruptive @ClasskickChat
Janet Chow @JanetChowMSc A5 Elementary student tech teams work great. Apply like a job. Sign up blocks to lead support classes. Works wonderful. #ClasskickChat
Shelly Stanton @StantonShelly A5: Have kids apply and have a key ingredient by personality and ability to get along with others! #ClasskickChat

Teachers are psyched about having, creating, and leading student technology teams in their school to promote ownership and leadership. Most recommend having students apply for the "job" of being on the student technology team and working well with others (students, teachers, administrators) without disrupting other classes. 


The last question asked for a deeper dive into the activities we wouldn't use with iPads:

Jennie Magiera @MsMagiera Q6: What do you NOT use iPads for? Anything that you would suggest not be handled with iPads? #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @Emilymuender Ideally, if I could go back I would never use the iPads for games. Sets the expectation that it is a learning tool at school. #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk @Emilymuender But so many games are actually good... like the coding apps! I wind up with mixed feelings. #ClasskickChat
Janet Chow @JanetChowMSc @Emilymuender yes Students find it difficult to distinguish between free time (play time) and work #ClasskickChat
Emily Muender @Emilymuender @Beyond_the_Desk Well, games with a purpose that is. Not free game time, which I've seen used as an incentive. #ClasskickChat
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A6: I've been torn back and forth about taking notes on the iPad. Where do each of you fall on that spectrum? #ClasskickChat
Laura Litton @LauraLitton A6: Writing is such a powerful way to commit things to memory and interact with what you are writing... but paper gets lost #ClasskickChat
Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk A6: I still prefer paper for grocery & to-do lists. Don't know why. So I accept that paper may work better for some. #ClasskickChat
Thomas @tmnerd A6: Anything art related, mechanical things that are good to physical touch. Fitness items, science demonstrations, etc. #ClasskickChat

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