Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From the iPad of Kristy Kruse...


When Mr. Hulin asked me to present to the BOE about using iPads in the classroom, I was a bit overwhelmed.  Where to start?  I had about 10 days to prepare to help convince the BOE that the iPad initiative was worth it. I started from ground zero, having never held, far less used, an iPad.  Thankfully I had started curating websites and information at the end of the school year at the first mention of this initiative.  Between my Twitter network and the social bookmarking site Diigo, I was able to find and learn about apps for the classroom.  I could not have felt prepared without these resources.  So, here they are:
Websites/Resources:
·         50 Resources for iPad use in the Classroom-  http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/50-resources-for-ipad-use-in-the-classroom/16126
·         iPads in Education Blog (with apps by subject)- http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/
·         iPads in Education Scoop.it!  (updated daily) - http://www.scoop.it/t/ipads-in-education
·         iPads in Schools LiveBinder- http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=26195
People to follow on Twitter:
·         @ipadsammy
·         @kathyschrock
·         @edtechsteve
·         @stumpteacher
·         @web20classroom
·         @thenerdyteacher

This is by no means an exhaustive list (email me if you want more!). Every day I find more resources and get increasingly more excited about the opportunity we are being given. Not a lot of teachers are presented with the chance to implement this type of technology on such a large scale.  There are so many possibilities with this new tool to improve our teaching and engage all of our students on a grand scale. I can’t wait to get started!

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