We read the stories together and discussed the story and poem as we read. When they were finished there were questions about the poem and the story followed by questions about both stories. I tried to keep the format of the lesson the same as a normal activity so that it wasn't any different than they were use to and the same as what they were getting to be tested on.
Here I had the students copy and paste the questions into their Google Drive where they would go through and answer the questions. This way, the students could easily share their answers with their teacher. The teacher can then in turn quickly pull up each student's answers and check them.
Another way to have done this, would have been to create a Google form. All of the questions would have been a question on the form and when the students submitted their answers, they would all go into a spreadsheet. Since these questions were mostly open ended, you would not be able to electronically grade them. You could change them to multiple choice questions and then it could be easily graded electronically.
As the students were starting to get the hang of using the iPads, I thought I would add another step to their work. I created a new web page on my website with the activity for them to complete. The class was reviewing connected Texts so I took two different Rapunzel stories and linked them to the web page. I took the Rapunzel story written by Brothers Grimm and the Poem Rapunzel written by Kenn Nesbit. That way the students would get a chance to review poetry along with connected texts at the same time.
All of these activities are the same thing you would be doing with your students in any other lesson which I think is a good thing. It is easy for a teacher and their class to start using the technology and learning about it before they try to completely change their classroom. I know that using technology is scary for a lot of teachers, but if you start off slow and do some easy lessons to begin with, it will get easier as you use different technology more and more. Stop back tomorrow to see some other activities that we did along with some things I have not tried in the classroom!
Their favorite part was the Story Starters where they would spin the wheel to come up with an idea for a story. They may have played with the buttons to spin the wheel more than needed, but they wanted to find a story starter that interested them. Once they chose their story starter, they came up with some great stories! They were able to type their story right there on the page. The only problem was that we were not able to print their stories since I did not have airprint set up for the ipads. I am not sure if it would print from the webpage anyway. The students worked on the Show me, Don't Tell Me activity for a couple of days during their reading/writing time. When it came time to write their stories, they wrote them in the note pad on the iPad. It was quick and easy to open the notepad and have them get started. It was good that they could start and stop at anytime and not lose any of their work. The same issue came up that we were not able to print their stories. Once the students started to get the hang of using the iPads, I started logging them into their Google drive accounts. Our district has Google accounts set up for all students so they were able to log in and start writing their stories. This way, they could easily share their story with their teacher. If we wanted, we could also print their stories by logging in to their account from a computer and it would be right there!
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.