Following the deployment of Android tablets to grades k-4, teachers often ask for simple ideas to integrate tablets into the existing curriculum. Here are five ways enhance the classroom experience through the use of a mobile device.
Use Animoto to create presentations.
- Animoto offers an easy to use app where students can create short videos. Assessment becomes less “painful” when students can demonstrate knowldge using a multimedia format.
Research is at their fingertips.
2. Students have access to endless research resources. For younger students, consider housing links on Symbaloo. Presented in a visual format using tiles, Symbaloo organizes your links into a shareable webmix.
After researching, students can be content creators by writing articles on a class Wiki or blog.
3. While nothing can replace the feel of a paper book, tablets can provide students with free e-books. Emerging readers can use sites such as We Give Books, while Project Gutenberg offers a wealth of books for older students.
4. Kids love taking photos, and they take good ones. Their spontaneity results in sincere images, offering us a glimpse at the fresh perspective of a child. Something as simple as the tablet’s camera can be used in lessons spanning across the curriculum.
Students can take photos to create visuals of a variety of concepts. Send them on math scavenger hunt for angles or geometric shapes. A nice day may warrant a nature walk to photograph science concepts. Create a photo journal of school or community events. Take photos in the style of an artist to accompany a biography unit, or to fit a certain theme.
Compile student photography using Photopeach to display at open house or for class presentation.
Create classroom videos
5. Using the tablet’s video record option can offer a variety of learning opportunities. Creating short videos is appropriate for all grade levels and can incorporate math and literacy skills.
Using props, younger students can create a video demonstrating math word problems. Recreate a part of a story, record speeches, make commercials as part of a persuasive writing unit, demonstrate a “how to”, or develop a public service announcement to share with the school or community.