Make Projects Mobile
February 8, 2014 • High Country Conference Center • Flagstaff, Arizona
Before the workshop:
- Bring a fully charged iPad (if you have one) and its charger.
- Know your App Store ID and Password.
- If possible, please update to iOS 7 (go to Settings > General > Software Update).
- Update your apps.
- Install the apps in the boxes below. Open this page on your iPad and click each app's View button to be taken directly to that app's page in the App Store.
9:00-10:30 Authentic Learning, Collaboration
10:40-12:00 Driving Questions, Investigation
12:45-2:00 Products Possibilities
2:10-3:30 Sharing, Reflecting, Resources
SAVING IMAGES FROM THE WEB IN SAFARI
- Press and hold the image and then click the Save button that appears.
- Images are saved in the Camera Roll/Photo Library and can be used in other apps.
- Get public domain clip art at openclipart.org.
- Get public domain images at pixabay.com.
Students work in small groups (or individually) to answer a driving question. The question is so deep that it requires much thinking and investigation. Students make a product to share their answer with an audience after refining and reflecting.
Project-based learning is a form of authentic learning–students are doing things for a meaningful reason.
PROJECTS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY...
- educating others
- solving a problem
- calling others to action
- building something useful
- planning an event
- raising money for a purpose
- recognizing or inspiring others
- designing a better way to do something
Collaboration is the act of working together for a common goal. Click to see the checklist we used for our What's important for students to know about collaboration? project.
- Assessment is ongoing throughout the time students are working on a project.
- Before beginning the project, students should know how they will be assessed.
- Create checklist for projects at pblchecklist.4teachers.org
- Create rubrics for projects at forallrubrics.com
- Use the Pic Collage app to combine images, photos, text, and stickers to make digital posters.
- To delete an image, text, or sticker form your collage, flick it away in any direction.
- Share a finished collage to the Photo Library where it can be email, synced, or used in other apps.
- Use the Haiku Deck app to make simple and elegant slide show.
EXAMPLE DRIVING QUESTIONS
- How can we best stop the flu at our school?
- How can we teach other Arizona students about helpful insects?
- Make the case for using the metric system in Arizona.
- Imagine you are taking a young child on a road trip across the United States. What should he or she explore and learn along the way?
- Design a better lunch menu for your school.
- What if we had a chicken house at our school?
REFINING THE DRIVING QUESTION
- Shorten as much as possible.
- Make sure it is appealing to students.
- Make it personal or local.
- Leads to more questions.
- Don’t let it sound like a test question.
- The driving question should lead to more questions.
- These questions are more specific and can guide student research.
- For example, if the driving question is "What if we had a chicken house at our school?" then branching questions might be:
- What do chickens eat?
- How often do they eat?
- How large of a house do they need?
- Does the house need to have different rooms?
- Do chickens fight with each other?
- Encourage students to be the question-askers!
- Use a mind-mapping app like Popplet Lite to map out branching questions.
- Spoon Feeding vs. Feeding Themselves Comparison by Steve Morgan
- Teachers provide resources for opportunities for students to uncover learning: books • website • videos • interviews • photos • experiments • data collections • QR codes
- To Find on Page in Safari, click the search bar at the top. Type the word you are looking for on the page. Scroll to the bottom of the search suggestion to see the On This Page results. Click the results to see what you search for highlighted on the page.
- If students have Google accounts, they can share their note taking document with the teacher using the Google Drive app. Here are the step student take inside the app:
Create a new document named Sample Project.
Exit the document.
Click the i next to its name.
Click the + for Who has access.
Add the teacher's Gmail account.
Click the blue check button.
- nstaGrok app can help students map out a topic.
- eduClipper app can help students keep track of resources in a portfolio.
- The 30hands app is for making narrated slideshows. Record audio for each photo in a series.
- Exports to the Camera Roll.
- Use the Photos app to trim off the 30hands logo at the end.
APPS TO MAKE END PRODUCTS
- When possible, offer students choices of technology to craft an end product.
- Pages - Apple's word processing and document layout app. It's free for new iPad purchases. Download the PBL poster for teachers that was made using Pages.
- Prezi - Create zooming presentations.
- iMovie, Splice & More - Film and edit videos
- Videolicious - Film 60 second news story or documentary videos
- StoryMe (free) and StripDesigner ($2.99) - Create comic strips and books. See the Padlet wall full of comics that answer the question, "What would it be like to be friends with a historical figure?"
- Weebly - Create a free website/blog and add to it using this iPhone app.
- Book Creator - Author a book where each page can have any combination of text, images, drawings, audio, and video. The free version allows for the creation of just one book.
- GarageBand - $4.99 - Record and edit audio. Add music too. Listen to Radio WillowWeb.
- VideoScribe - $4.99 - Make videos where the writing and images are draw by a hand on screen as you talk. Watch the Genius Hour video by Chris Kesler.
Make Media Sticky by following the SUCCES model by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. View Tony's poster about the SUCCES model.
- Scan QR code using the i-nigma app.
- Create QR codes at goqr.me.
- Turn a video you have saved in the Camera Roll into a QR code using the Dropbox app. Open Dropbox and click the three dots to add your video. After upload is complete, click the video. Then click the Share button and choose Copy Link. Open Safari and go to goqr.me and paste into the URL box. Now you have a QR code that leads to your video!
- "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey
- Go to tonyv.me/reflect to get a question.
- Download the PDF with the QR code that delivers one of 30 random reflection questions.
- See how a teacher used the ThingLink app to collect student reflections on one page.
- Students used the Tellagami app to share their reflections in the example above.
Thank you for your participation today!
Students are hungry for learning that matters. Project-based learning has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or challenges. A project's driving question or challenge is so deep that it requires students to work together to create an end product to share their conclusions with others. Instead of traditional projects that come at the end of a unit of study, project-based learning has the project introduced at the beginning of the unit. The project gives students a reason for learning the content and a venue for practicing 21st century skills.
iPad can play a big part in project-based learning. It can help the teacher assess student interest, progress, and learning. In the hands of students, iPad can provide an array of tools for brainstorming and investigating a project's driving question. There are even more apps that empower students to make end products to share their project with an audience. These end products include audio recordings, movies, comics, puppet shows, narrated drawings, electronic books, and more. An important component of project-based learning is collaboration, and there are apps that can facilitate productive collaboration.
Explore project-based learning and see how iPad, the hottest mobile device around, can make learning more meaningful. Join Tony Vincent, a leader in mobile learning, to see how iPad can play a role in the planning, investigation, and presentation of projects. The workshop includes hands-on time with apps and lots of practical advice and examples.
Note: This workshop is designed for educators who already have basic knowledge of iPad operation. Please bring a fully charged iPad. A list of apps to download ahead of time will be shared a week before the workshop.
Let's infuse the power and potential of iPads into projects!