Everyday more and more teachers are starting to use iPads in the classroom. There is always the question of how to get students where you want them to go. QR codes have been the go to way to get students to the correct website quickly. With a QR code they do not have to type in the web address and risk typing the wrong thing and then not working. It makes it much easier for teachers to get the students where they want them to go. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered an app that may be even easier than using a QR code! It is called Chirp!
Chirp does the same thing as a QR code, but instead of the students having to walk up to a printed QR code and scan it, Chirp makes a noise (chirp) that the other iPads pick up and then can go to that website! No one has to get up out of their seat, or walk around with the QR code for the students to scan! Everyone opens up the Chirp app and once the teacher pushes the button to Chirp out the link, picture, or note it comes right up on the student iPad! It can save a teacher a lot of time of having to wait for students to walk around scanning the QR code and usually wasting time in the process! Now the teacher can type in the website on their iPad/iPhone and in seconds the whole class will have the same thing pulled up on their iPad! In education, everything is about time and if you are using iPads in your classroom, this app will save you a lot of time!
A while back my wife told me about Padlet, but I never really tried it out. I just watched a podcast giving some tips about Padlet and figured I better give it a try! I had been using smore to create flyers as a type of webquest, but I think I have found something better!! Every site is going to have its ups and downs and each person will like different aspects of them, but I really like padlet for a couple of reasons! The first reason is that I can create as many boards as I want and I do not have to pay for it! With smore, I can only create 5 free flyers before I have to start paying for it. Padlet allows people to post to the wall just like a corkboard. Now some people may not want to allow others to post to their board. That is perfectly ok! Because you can change the setting so that no one can post to the board. You can even have it open for a while for students or teachers to post to the board and then once everyone has posted, you can lock the board so no one else can add to the board.
One other way you could use Padlet would be to post a topic on the top of the board and have students ask their questions about the topic. You could do a great inquiry lesson with this! Have the students post their questions they have on the topic and then just start going over some of the questions. Once you answer the questions or show them where to find the answer, you can post that on the board right next to the question. That way it could be used as a review later on. The students could come back and reread their questions to refresh their memory. And if they forgot what the answer was, the source will be right there for them to go back and read about it.
There is a lot that you can do with Padlet to keep your students involved and interacting with your lesson. Like with anything else, just take a little time to explore it and see what works best for your classroom!
If you haven't read the last two days of my blog, go back and check them out. It is a few different things I have tried to help a teacher implement iPads into their classroom. Today is a continuation of that and I am going to go over the next step of using the iPads to collaborate in the classroom.
Jacob has been teaching for 9 years. 5 years as a 4th grade teacher and 4 years as an instructional technology specialist (iTech). He is sharing some of his experiences and technology that could help other teachers in the classroom.