I volunteered to run a session at my schools upcoming professional development in-service, and was assigned to teach iPads in the Middle School classroom. Since I teach elementary school, I don't have any first hand experience using iPads with middle school students. I am looking for some suggestions on how you have used iPads with middle school students? Any great apps? Project ideas? The session is only an hour but I want to present as many great ideas to the staff as possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Hi John my name is Melodee Sweeney and I'm a tech integrationist for grades 6-8. Some things we use the iPad for presentations such as a makeshift scrapbook using Pages poster template,that comes on the iPad. We also use iMovie, Prezi, and animoto as presentation tools for students. For differentiation, students can take pictures of notes off the whiteboard. If you have an Apple TV situation, students can mirror answers and show presentations on the projector. We use Safari for research, of course. We also use google docs. Students have wireless keyboards available so they can work, share, and edit their documents.
Great! I will be checking out those apps you mentioned asap. Your tip on differentiation will be very useful. Thank you so much for your help!
I'm a 7th grade science teacher and 1:1 with iPads. Here's what I've found out:
- Excellent workflow apps: iTunes U, Edmodo, Adobe, Notability
- Education changing apps: Frog Dissection, Nuclear, Molecules, Mindmeister, iBooks (interactive textbooks), Creatures of the Light, Color Uncovered... the list goes on.
- Projects: Podcasting with Garageband, Screencasting with Educreations or Screen Chomp, Movie Trailers in iMovie, create an iBook (various apps or iBooks Author on a computer), creative note taking in Notability... and much more.
I have a few keynotes on presentations I've done on "iPads in the Classroom" if you want them. Also, my students have a few books on the iBookstore they did as projects and they were published... if you want to see those type my name in the iBookstore.
Thank you for this information, it's very helpful! I'd love to see your keynotes on the presentations you've done. That would definitely help in planning. My email address is email@example.com. I will also be checking out your iBooks.
I am an elementary educational technologist, but I meet the middle school techs for my district each week. I can tell you their World languages teachers use Tellagmi, Educreations and SockPuppets to get their students speaking. Also, the Socrative Teacher and Student apps are great assessment tools. Socrative is also used here locally at the University of Arizona with their iPad program for the medical school so it is a great app for all ages!
Hope that gives you some ideas!
Thank you for your help! Those will be great apps to share at my presentation.
I'm the Tech Integration Specialist at an all girls 6-8 in SF Bay Area (I also teach 7th Humanities). We just rolled our first cart of iPads this year.
Most of the math teachers are using Explain Everything (screen recording) to have kids demonstrate their understanding. Some are having more advanced kids create reference videos on how to perform operations. These videos are loaded up to Youtube and shared via the school website so kids have access to them at home.
The science teacher is in the middle of running a stop-motion/claymation science project on organelles in the cell; kids storyboarded the movement of stuff through the cell (from organelle to ogranelle, or into the cell) created clay/playdough likeness to scale, and are now in the process of stop-motioning them using KomaKoma. Then they will edit and record audio in iMovie on the iPad. Export to CameraRoll, upload to GoogleDrive to turn it in.
Thank you for your help. Those are really fantasitc uses of the iPads. I will certainly be sharing these with our staff. If you think of any other ways you've seen them used, I'd love to hear!
Just want to say how impressed I am with the knowledge of our students and how you all help each other!! I'd love to post some of your information here on our social sites if it is ok with you.
I've had students teach teachers to use the IMovie app. The students and teachers used it to document a small design project exercise (like build the tallest structure with 3 pieces of paper, tape and paper clips). Teachers would use photos, movies, captions and sound to create a short movie.