Although I haven’t enjoyed all of the apps that I have downloaded, some of my favourites are imotion for creating clay animation projects, and SolarSystem and Periodic Table for references. My students each have their own favorite game apps for when they receive the ‘golden’ free time. The app that I am interested in ‘getting to know better’ is ShowMe. I am planning on adding a new section into my unit and lesson planning for apps and blog ideas.
This year I haven’t felt any ‘a-ha’ moments, but rather ‘I’m totally stealing that idea’ moments. I love hearing from other teachers how they’ve applied technology into a lesson in their classroom, and feel proud when I apply it into my own instruction. I’m always reminding myself to keep an open mind, and that students can also share those ideas and feel the same pride when a teacher applies their own app discovery or technology idea.
As I reflect on my use of technology so far this year, I see how addicted I am becoming to my iPad. I am loving the convenience of “sharing” documents with students on google docs, and finding useful info and links on twitter. I enjoy having my iPad as a portable way to access my email, Pinterest pictures and links, and of course having the internet constantly at my fingertips!
As a goal for myself, I want to continue to improve on contributing rather than just reading – both in the area of blogs, and twitter.
Well I sure am glad our sessions are for “Learning” Leaders! Since attending the initial session, I am still considering myself a beginner in my new iPad adventures. Moving from a spectator in the twitter universe was my original goal, which I am barely scratching the surface of. Challenges for me have been building time into my schedule to continue my habit of viewing, but expand to include time to contribute. Viewing = yes, but contributing = barely. The time is an issue, but more of a challenge is the self doubt…am I contributing something worthwhile? I finally added some tweets while attending a 7 Habits PD. They almost didn’t get added to the twitter universe, but after some “quality time” getting to know my iPad and how to join onto a wifi network – I am more confident with this slowly becoming ‘handy’ piece of technology. Mistakenly I misrepresented one of the presenters in my tweet. Rookie mistake, I guess. Good thing I am “Learning”…