Over the past couple of weeks, our pilot teachers have been experimenting with new apps and some exciting new classroom activities. One colleague is having his students use the Educreations app to create screencasts of themselves explaining some historical terms and events. His students then post these screencasts to the course blog, creating a sort of crowd-sourced repository of miniature lessons. Students can view these posts at any time, and leave comments for each other along the way. My colleague says he began moving in this direction because he wanted to incorporate more opportunities for student creation in his course, and especially to take advantage of the iPad.
In other news, the pilot teachers will be heading to Boston next week for a two-day “iPad Summit” hosted by EdTechTeacher. The conference includes a slew of workshops, lectures, round table discussions, and information sessions on using the iPad in education. For more information on the conference, visit edtechteacher.org, or go directly to the conference website:ipadsummitusa.org.