Classroom Tasks

What do you want to do with the iPad in education?

5 Classroom tasks

The Tasks

Below I have outlined a number of tasks, for use with the iPad in the classroom. I believe that if you understand these 5 tasks from beginning to end, you will have an excellent foundation to build any engaging classroom activities.

Focus on the outcome

It’s important to know what you would like your task outcome to be. I recommend that you work backwards from there. How are you going to collect this digital media for assessment? Which apps will be needed along the way? Once you have established the complete workflow, you and your colleagues can begin the task.

  • A PDF, created from Pages or Word
  • A presentation, delivered in person and as a video.
  • An interactive book
  • A podcast (audio enhanced with still images)
  • A movie

Task 1. Create a movie

Outcome:

Make me a 2 minute video. This task will present a workflow which you can adapt to suit your curriculum outcomes.

Context

Role play and character interview. Your students will put themselves into the position of an individual during a significant historical event. In this case we will use The Great Plague which occurred in 1065 predominantly in London. What was it like to live in London during this time? How did the plague effect different classes? What did it feel like to be in London at this time?

Safari Icon

Safari

1.

Remembering – Research dates, names, places in Safari. Collect images and text, and don’t forget to reference all of your data.

  • Save your images: *touch-hold* – “Save image”.
  • Save your text: *touch-hold” – “Select All” or drag blue handles

 

Photos app

Photos

Notes App iOS

Notes

2.

Understanding – Review your text and images. Your images are saved in the Photos app. Which images will you be using to illustrate your work? Compose your supporting text in Notes, don’t forget to reference where your photos came from.

 

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Pen & Paper

3.

Applying and Analysing – Pen and paper? Use your note paper to storyboard your movie. Consider how each scene might be shot. Will you be interviewing a friend? Which locations will you record in? If you can draw the scenes great! If not write down a brief overview of your proposed movie.

Carefully script your movie, how does your character feel? Which class does he belong to and what can he do considering his position? Present your storyboard and script to your teacher for assessment. Once approved move onto making your movie!

 

iMovie

iMovie

4.

Analysing and Creating - Use iMovie to bring all of your media together. Use the still images in your Photos library and place Titles on the slides from your Notes. Record and edit your movie all within iMovie.

 

YouTube

YouTube

5.

Collaboration – Preview your movie. When you are happy you will need to share it with your teacher. From iMovie select the share button and choose YouTube. If you use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) or have a youtube account, sign in and select Unlisted under the Privacy option. Now just share your YouTube link with the teacher.

Task 2. Create a podcast

Outcome:

Make me a 2 minute audio recording. Typically a podcast is a way to broadcast a series of audio recordings from radio stations or hobbyists who have something to say. We will be using the term podcast as a simple voice recording, empowering your students to be the radio host!

Context

A book review. Ask your students to think about a book which means a lot to them. Something from their childhood or a book which they have read recently. Why did they enjoy this book? What is it about? and who wrote the book? By working in pairs each student can share their favourite book with another.

Pen & Paper

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Safari

1.

Remembering – Bring a copy of your favourite book into class. Find an interesting paragraph which captures the essence of this book. Why is this book special to you? Use Safari to learn more about the author. Outline key facts about their career and collect images to illustrate your findings later.

 

Photos

Photos

2.

Understanding – Discuss with your partner why you chose your book. Review the images of the author and talk about what their life may have been like, when and where were they born? When was the book written and what does it mean to you?

 

Pen & Paper

Pen & Paper

3.

Applying and Analysing – Pen and paper? Use your note paper to storyboard your podcast. Outline the discussion that you will be having with your partner. Who will introduce the podcast? Who will talk about their author first? What is the story about and why does it mean so much to you? Finally are their similarities between your chosen books?

Carefully script your discussion and hand in for review.

 

Garageband

Garageband

4.

Analysing and Creating - Use Garageband to record you podcast. Alternatively you could use iMovie again if you would like to make an enhanced podcast with images to support your findings.

 

 

Drive

Drive

5.

Collaboration – Preview your podcast. When you are happy exit the Edit Mode and select the Project view. Select your project and choose  “Open in another App”. Name your podcast correctly and open in Google Drive. Make sure you move the file into a folder which you share with your teacher.

Task 3. Create an interactive book

Outcome:

Make me a book with text, images and audio files. I can touch the audio icon to listen to your voice.

Context

This workflow works well in the Languages area. I would like you to select 10 different modes of transport. Find me a photograph, create a title and record yourself pronouncing the mode of transport in French/Italian/Japanese etc. You can preview your book inside iBooks and when happy share it with the teacher via Dropbox.

Safari Icon

Safari

1.

Remembering – Search for images that represent your mode of transport; Bicycle, Train, Bus etc. Make a note of their spelling in both English and French.

 

 

Photos

Photos

2.

Understanding – Review your images in Photos. Practise how to pronounce these words.

 

 

 

Pen & Paper

Pen & Paper

3.

Applying and Analysing – Pen and paper. Add extra words, e.g. “I like catching the bus”, or “The train is always busy”. Hint: try Google translate to help you.

Begin to script your book.

 

Book Creator

Book Creator

4.

Analysing and Creating - Use Book Creator to compile your images, text and voice. You can record your voice snippets right in Book Creator. You can also design a great front cover. Take some time laying out your book, extra marks will be given for presentation.

 

 

 

Dropbox

Dropbox

iBooks

iBooks

5.

Collaboration – Preview your book. When you are happy press the share button and select: Open in another App. Choose Dropbox. Make sure you place your .epub in a folder which is shared with the teacher. The teacher can then select the .epub (on their own iPad), and choose: Open in. The teacher will need to open your .epub in iBooks.

Task 4. Create a presentation

Outcome:

Make me a presentation. You will need to present this to your class and then submit your presentation as a video with your voice talking through your script.

Context

This workflow can focus on any learning area and topic. In this example I will use the Al Gore, Our Choice app. Each group will take one chapter from this book and compress the data into a 5 minute presentation to share with the rest of the class. You can of course use any media/fact rich app or iBook.

Our Choice

Our Choice

1.

Remembering – Break the class into groups or 2 or more. Ask each group to study the impact of global warming on our environment. Using the Our Choice app each group can look at a chapter and present to the rest of the class their findings and opinions.

 

 

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Safari

2.

Understanding – What is energy? How do we collect and use energy and what are the implications?

 

 

Pen & Paper

Pen & Paper

 

3.

Applying and Analysing – Localise the information to where we live. Do you live near a power plant, a forest or ocean? Can you make the chapter relevant to our city? Modify the data which you have found and sketch out your ideas.

 

 

Explain Everything

Explain Everything

4.

Analysing and Creating - Use Explain Everything to develop and deliver your presentation. Think about annotation of your images and graphs, compile and model your research. What can be done to improve our environment?

 

 

 

Showbie

Showbie

5.

Collaboration – Deliver your presentation to the class! Anticipate what questions may be asked and prepare for them. Once you have done your presentation, record your presentation with your voice one last time. Export your video file (as a .mp4) and Open In Showbie. Your teacher will have created a classroom projector folder for you to submit your work for assessment.

Task 5. Create a PDF

Outcome:

Make me a magazine cover. Tell me about a topic which you are interested in, and really try to sell your area of interest to me.

Context

Focus on the messages you are trying to depict. Which colours and fonts stand out? What is your main focus and how important is the main image that you choose? Page layout and good design are vital in the media rich world we live in.

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Safari

1.

Remembering – What hobbies do you have? Do you have a favourite magazine or website? Focus on your hobby, outline all of the outlets you can use use to follow this area of interest.

 

 

Popplet

Popplet

2.

Understanding – Summarise the marketing methods used. Identify and illustrate with screen shots.

 

 

Skitch

Skitch

3.

Applying and Analysing - Use skitch to annotate your screen shots. Begin to sketch out your ideas for a magazine or web page to market your interest.

 

 

Pages

Pages

4.

Analysing and Creating - Use Pages to prepare you final magazine cover or webpage. Consider your use of space, colour, text and word choice.

 

 

 

Evernote

Evernote

5.

Collaboration – Inside pages select the share button and choose: Open in Another App. Select PDF as your final document choice. Upload your PDF into Evernote. Make sure you select a workbook which is shared with the teacher. The teacher may choose to give you assessment recorded as an audio message in the same folder.

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