This year in Mendon Upton and Nipmuc we are working toward change in our classrooms, by taking advantage of new learning opportunities that Internet and technology offer. Will Richardson was our keynote speaker on our 1st professional day and started the ball rolling. Check the course pages for what is new and exciting in our classrooms or ask us when you see us, we would love to talk about it!
1:1 Initiative at Nipmuc
In my classroom we have fully embraced the use of technology to create an interactive, creative, and collaborative learning environment.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.
Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.
Notability might be the best note-taking application we've seen for the iPad, with tons of useful features that are easily accessed through the app's intuitive interface. Perfect for students or really anyone who needs to gather and organize information, Notability lets you use your onscreen keyboard (or a compatible Bluetooth keyboard) to keep track of information by grouping your notes into categories by subject. Along with notes you can add images and other media, and Notability even offers an area where you can draw your own diagrams, make charts, and crop your images to make them fit your particular project. Unlimited undo and redo are also available so you have plenty of room to experiment.
When you've finished writing and organizing your notes, you can quickly export one or all of your notes to e-mail, your iTunes library, Dropbox, or your iDisk, or send them to your server via WebDAV.
Nipmuc and the Social Studies department are constantly collaborating on new and inventive ways to create and interactive learning environment. These are just a sample of the ways we will use the students IPADs in class this year. Your student should expect many more APPs and sites this year.