Redefining The Task
Many of you will have heard of the SAMR model for embedding technology in education, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura. This two phase, four step model posits that the true aim for anyone seeking to harness tech in the classroom should be to redefine the actual tasks we are setting as educators. The iPad offers a wealth of opportunities to reach this goal due to its innate versatility and mobility.
A teacher recently told me that she didn't see the point of iPads in education as there was nothing she could do with them that she couldn't do without them. This is a classic case of someone who is only able to see/utilise technology within the ""Substitution" band. It's the 21st centrury and we're preparing children for a future that is inescapably threaded with the use of technology. We need to do all we can to prepare them for this.
They are ready. We know they are and more importantly they know that they are. Their lives are imbued with daily technology use and they access the world in a much more tech-friendly way than ever before. It also allows them to create work that is modern, polished and in line with their own goals and expectations. A parent recently spoke to me about an iPad project that I ran last year where the children used Book Creator to collate a whole term's worth of multimedia work rather than use an exercise book. The parent in question told me that she had never seen her child so eager to share this work and that over the summer she had taken it on holiday to see their extended family and shown every single one of them!
The only problem for educators is that inescapabilywith over a million apps in the App Store and 60,000 within the education section, the location and choice of apps can be daunting. When it came to choosing the apps for our presentation, we selected those that are best suited to modifying and redefining the tasks set for students. What these apps have in common is that they are creation tools. Taking a constructivist approach towards selecting apps allows educators to get more out of each application as these apps work across a range of curriculum areas and age ranges.
The apps we focused on were:
- BOOK CREATOR
- EXPLAIN EVERYTHING
- PUPPET PALS
- MASTER FX
- COMIC LIFE
- PLAYSCHOOL ARTMAKER
- TYPE DRAWING
Details on these and examples of their use can be found within the ebook itself (link below) as well as in various other features and reviews across the site. Naturally there are others we could have included and we hope to produce a second volume of the book next year.
If you have any issues downloading the ebook, feel free to contact us.
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Please note that the ebook is in .epub format to enable all the multimedia elements to work in full. This means you have two choices:
1. open the link on your iPad and download the file (Open in iBooks)
2. open the link and save the file to your Mac or PC and open the file using the Google Chrome browser's Readium app (free to download)
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Steve and Luke recently presented on iPads in Education at The British Council here in Dubai. Their focus was on apps that allow for the creation of new tasks. Here's a brief outline and a link to the ebook that they produced for the event..