I loved this workshop because I think iPads are such an amazing tool for students in the classroom, but only if they are utilized properly. I think their use is emphasized especially in elementary classrooms, but in this seminar I learned about some very helpful apps that I could put to use in my secondary classroom. I would use iPads to allow students to explore maps, atlases, play interactive history quizzes and games, practice flashcards, watch videos from class, and do group based class activities. I don't think iPads by themselves could teach useful lessons for students, but I think they would be great additional tools. There is however, the problem that most schools do not have access to iPads for classrooms for all students. I think I would still use my own iPad in class to show students cool apps that could be of use to them for the subject. I would project my iPad on the projector and allow the students to come up and demonstrate how they would use the app to complete their assignment. I think for the social sciences, iPads would be an amazing research, interactive, and practical tool for the classroom.
Subject: Social Sciences
NETS-S Standards: Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Netflix is known as a great site for streaming videos online to your living room, but it is also a great tool for the classroom because of its great documentaries. By beginning in the search box, you can search for various topics and documentaries related to your area. National geographic posts hundreds of documentaries on Netflix and would be great for science and social studies based classrooms. Although there aren't questions that supplement the material, they can be used to supplement the lesson that the teacher is teaching. By showing the students video, you would be giving them a visual understanding of what they are learning. It would be important for teachers to pay attention to ratings of the videos and to screen them before the class views them, however, when used properly, Netflix would be an awesome tool for the classroom. Although you have to pay for Netflix after a free one month trial, it is only $7.00 for online streaming and I think well worth the price!
Sarah Anthony graduated from Michigan State University in Social Studies Education. She strongly believes in student-centered activities and encourages continuing success by communicating with parents, staff, and administration.