Showing posts with label 1:1 ipads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1:1 ipads. Show all posts

Friday, January 12, 2018

300+ Comments Prove What We Already Knew About 1:1 Program Choices

Last Friday I posted a little survey on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page. The survey question was, "if you were given an unlimited budget, which of these would you choose for your 1:1 program?"

1. Windows
2. Mac
3. Chromebook
4. iPad
5. Android tablet

So far more than 300 of you have responded to the survey question. The responses are all over the place. For every comment in favor of one option there is a comment that argues against it. The comments are full of anecdotes about why Chromebooks were a bad choice for a school or why Windows is the best choice or why tablets are a bad solution.

As I said last month, there are too many variables to account for to give a blanket recommendation on what is the best 1:1 for any particular school without spending time getting to know all of the needs of the students and staff. Therefore, I'll just share the post and let you decide what's best for your situation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Classkick - Distribute Assignments and Give Feedback Through Your iPad

Classkick is a free service for creating, distributing, and assessing students' work through iPads. Through Classkick you can create an online classroom through which you distribute assignments to students. Students join your class by enter the class code into the Classkick app on their iPads. Once they've joined your classroom you can start distributing assignments.

The assignments that you create in Classkick can be based on screenshots, imported images, drawings, text, or voice recordings. Classkick lets you see what your students are working on within the app. You can give students feedback on their assignments directly through the app. Students can ask you for help while working in the app too.

Applications for Education
For classrooms that have iPads for every student, Classkick could be a great tool not only for distributing assignments but also for providing individualized feedback to students while they are working. The option to record your voice to create questions could be a great aid to students who struggle with reading but would otherwise be able to answer a question or explain a process to you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ViewChat: An Awesome iPad Collaboration Tool

This is a guest post from Sabba Quidwai ( askmsq ) of EdTechTeacher - an advertiser on this site.

After a few months with iPads in my classroom, the experience that I began to cherish the most with my students was the creative process that began with storyboarding. It was during this process that deep critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and other higher order thinking skills were being challenged, enhanced and developed. Through these conversations, students were able to ask questions and have conversations about what should and shouldn’t be included in the final product and why. Simultaneously, it was through this process that I became the facilitator in the classroom. As I worked with students, both individually and in groups - and as students began working more with one another - our classroom community bond strengthened.

In this creative process, one of the greatest challenges that we encountered was not being able to have multiple screens open to easily go back and forth between web pages, media and other files. When collaborating, we used a variety of methods from Google Docs to annotation apps with shared folders, but could never really find anything spectacular that would redefine the creative process experience for us. I craved a tool that would allow us to go back and forth as well as allow one of us to write ideas and have others be able to see and interact with those ideas. A tool that would allow me to connect with my group, share my thoughts, gather feedback when the idea struck, and not just what I thought of during the 45 minute period. A few days ago my wish became a reality with the release of ViewChat.

Meet ViewChat

ViewChat is a free collaborative app designed to allow you to easily share content with one another. What makes this app particularly special is the text, chat, and voice features available while you are reviewing documents or any other content. The simple and easy to use interface allows you to drag and drop photos, PDFs, Office and iWork files, videos, web pages and emails for everyone to view. From there, ViewChat allows users to open multiple tabs so that you can switch back and forth between content. You can even have a blank whiteboard to sketchnote on and use the interactive features to allow others to contribute. Furthermore, ViewChat connects to all major cloud accounts allowing you to bring and send content from and to the cloud.

To begin using ViewChat you must create an account and have an Internet connection. Once that’s done, you can invite other people and begin creating groups for different discussions.

If you like the sound of this so far, it gets better. Not only can you share and view content while chatting or talking using voice, you can annotate the content as well! The wide variety of annotation tools such as text, sticky notes, pen and highlighter, all of which are customizable and will provide you with everything you need to interact with the content together. Video calls allow up to 4 people, audio calls allow up to 20 people, and there is no limit to the number of people that you can have in a text chat.

When you are done with your discussion, again you have a variety of options for what you can do. You can export the notes to your cloud account, print or email them, save them to a folder in your library or - best of all - you can even open them in another app! Before you send it off anywhere, ViewChat will ask you how you would like your annotations to be sent. You can choose to embed the annotation, flatten them, or send yourself the content with no annotations.

ViewChat brings a new method of saving content to the iPad - Merge PDF. After having collaborated on multiple file types you can choose which ones you would like to save and then you can merge them into one PDF file right from your iPad!

The tutorial below highlights all of the features.

ViewChat in the Classroom

With the variety of tools and options provided by ViewChat, the ways in which it can be used are really only limited to your imagination! Here are a few ways that I would love to use it in the classroom.

Group Discussions

Oftentimes students are working on projects that span longer than the class period. ViewChat is a great way to allow the conversation to be ongoing. It can begin in the classroom with students sharing, annotating, sketching and discussing content which can then be continued on at home. During this time, you as the teacher can do a “Screenshot Check” to have groups share ideas with the whole class about what they are discussing. With ViewChat, you can even collaborate on projects with students from other classes, truly expanding the way in which students traditionally worked on projects. With the wide variety of tools available, the obstacles to meeting after school and working together are eliminated. Best of all, teachers are empowered as facilitators in their classrooms and can now be a part of these discussions, guiding students and providing support when needed.


ViewChat can also act as a backchannel in the classroom. The ability to have multiple tabs open allows students to compare and contrast work. Because they are all active participants in the chat, they can even add content into the chat to enhance the conversation!

Transferring Files a when Smashing Apps

One of the greatest difficulties we often encounter on the iPad is sharing media files. With ViewChat students can easily share media files in addition to many other files types directly into the chat and save it to the camera roll. This is a great tool to facilitate the app-smashing process.

ViewChat Beyond the Classroom

I always love apps that allow parents to be a part of the exciting process. ViewChat provides a great opportunity to model how technology is being used to enhance children’s learning experiences.

Conference Calls

Students are always empowered when they can share their learning. Once your students become proficient in how to use ViewChat, they can share this great tool with their parents and others. There’s lots of ways ViewChat can be used in a number of other professions. Imagine learning about this unique collaborative tool that can serve as your mobile conference call facilitator.

A Helping Hand

Whether it’s a younger sibling, son/daughter, cousin or friend, we can all recall a moment where someone asked us for help with their homework, help researching for a project, or a quick edit of a written paper. While there are other tools that can help facilitate this process, the collaborative and interactive nature of ViewChat changes the experience and allows you - the helper - to have a rich set of tools to allow you to truly guide as the other learns.

What really draws me to ViewChat is the spontaneity that can arise during the discussion. Instead of just saying, “there’s this great site that….” Or “I’ll send everyone a link after…” you can just open it right up in that moment and begin annotating and discussing ideas. The variety of options that ViewChat provides is quite generous indeed! ViewChat merges the power of content, instant messaging, and conferencing to redefine the way in which we communicate and collaborate using mobile devices.

ViewChat would love to hear from other educators and welcomes any feedback or suggestions. Learn more by visiting their website and follow them on Twitter iviewchat .

Sabba will be a featured presenter at the February 9-11 iPad Summit in San Diego . Early Bird Registration and the Call for Proposals is open.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Protecting Devices in 1:1 Programs

One of the causes of device damage in 1:1 programs is often simple neglect by students. If your students don't think that they devices are necessary for all of their classes, they will leave them behind when changing classrooms, put them in lockers, or leave them laying on a cafeteria table. Make bringing their laptops or iPads to every class a requirement, not an option.

I saw this first-hand when my school first rolled-out a 1:1 netbook program. Some teachers didn't make using the netbooks important in their classrooms. In fact, some didn't have students using them at all. In my classroom they were a priority and students knew that they had to have them with them for every class meeting. At the end of my classes I would often see a netbook or two left behind. When I later asked those students why they left them behind they would say things like, "I have Mrs. X's class next, we never use them there."