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Students in my junior high health class are able to use a tablet or ipad. What is the best way for me to incorporate that technology into my class without it becoming too much of a distraction?

Jul 23, 2014 9:24am

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    • Jul 25, 2014 7:26am

      I think that it is great that many schools are allowing students to use computers in the classroom, but there are down sides to them too. There will have to be a way to keep the students accountable, and on task. We don't want one student looking at facebook, and then the student behind them looking at their screen.
      I think that if you establish rules up front that the devices are to be used for class work first, then if everyone gets done with their work, they can use them to play afterward.
      You will have to do a lot of walking around and checking in on students, or have an interactive section randomly where they have to vote or answer a question, and the responses will pop up on the smart board.
      Have sections where they are required to look up information and report it back to a group, and you could also have them randomly send you a copy of the notes that they took in class that day or the assignments, so you can see who was working and who was not.

      • Jul 27, 2014 6:58am

        Lacey-

        Find the apps that allow for more time on learning. My colleague wrote a teacher app guide that reviews hundreds of apps and their applicability to teaching. Check it out: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/teachers-awesome-app-guide/id680778179?mt=11

        Best,
        Katie
        www.katienovakudl.com