Sunday, September 4, 2011

Week 2 in Review

What is the learning curve of a 5th grader?  It is based on interest or experience or simply curiosity about what could be around the next corner.

This week started about with a bang as the kids have quickly and efficiently taken to their iPads and are using them with increased efficiency and speed.  We used a lot of apps this week including Worcle, Word Warp X, WordWeb, Adobe Ideas, iBooks, MathFacts, Safari, Movable Write and then an almost endless list of musical instrument apps as the kids learned about podcasting and the creative thought behind it.  The kids have become masters at searching for free apps based on interest and content as well as multitasking the iPads with a double click of the front power button. And almost more impressive, I did a quick count and was surprised to see that I received almost 350 emails this week containing student work, fixed work, and final work in a range of topics including math, grammar, writing, and drawing.

We also had the pleasure of dissecting a caribou heart in class on Thursday and were able to invite about 50 other 5th grade student in for the process.  The whole process was filmed using my iPad II as well as a digital camera and the video is still in process so a few pictures will have to do.  I was extremely pleased to see my youngest daughter, college sophomore in education, perform the dissection after reviewing the heart and circulatory system using her own iPad.  Interesting site to see an iPad projecting, another iPad shooting video, and yet another taking other video from around the room.

Next week ... well actually, now ... I have downloaded another interesting app, Screen Chomp, that allows me to build tutorial videos, upload them to the web or download them as movies, which we will be using in class on the iPads (Video) and at home on YouTube.  Should provide an interesting comparison regarding student preparation for this week's unit test.  If you would like to take a sneak peek, follow the link.


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