Now that we are into week 4, we are still looking forward and preparing for the semester ahead but we now also have some weeks in the past to reflect on and pull from as we encounter new challenges. I hope to continue reflecting with students in the weeks and months to come so that in the end, students can look back on the semester and see the plan that was there all along :)
The Pendulum Lab - Projectified
Notes in an 1:1 iPad Classroom
I really enjoy teaching in a 1:1 iPad classroom. One of the things that I've really embraced the iPad for the most is note taking. When I think about lectures in my educational past there are two extremes that come to mind:
The solution that has worked well for me has been to make my slides (on powerpoint) in a way that it's ready for the content, but the content isn't there yet. This is similar to a skeleton note approach but it takes place on the slides themselves. Using Notability and Reflector, I'm able annotate the same PDF that I post on Schoology so I can "write on the board" from anywhere in the room and they have the identical framework to follow along. Taking notes this way allows students to be interacting with the most important parts of the lecture without spending time recording all of the background information so I can move faster and know that they are still with me. It also allows me to differentiate the flow for different students and build in challenge problems for students to move on to if they are comfortable with the topic and don't need as much guided practice.
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