I shared a short presentation with the elementary and junior high principals of Northern Gateway Public Schools about using tablets in Education. I embedded it below, but wanted to highlight and elaborate on a few themes.
Tablets are a tool which can help to facilitate the shift from technology to support teaching to technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge.
I feel that this is a key message. It’s about changing pedagogy to be more student centered and having the tools to support this change. Tablets are only one tool that can be used to meet this end, but the diverse selection in apps as creation tools allows them to be very flexible to meet student needs.
The apps I choose to showcase are:
Land of Me: A self guided storytelling app for young learners. Students guide themselves through a visually beautiful journey and choose the story elements they want to include. Supports the larger Land of Me PC/iOs version.
Pinnacle Studio: A video and audio editing app. Very rubust with all sorts of tools and and options for creating multimedia
Scribblenauts Remix: An open, problem solving game. Your character Maxwell has a goal of getting a star, but must overcome obstacles in each level. The learner has an open spelling option to spell out any object, with adjectives to describe their noun choices to solve the problem. If the star is at the top of a tree you can write chainsaw to cut down the tree, jetpack to fly up and get the star, ladder to climb up, the choices are endless and creativity is a must!
Daisy the Dinosaur: A simple introduction to programming. Students choose simple controls to move Daisy. A simple early years introduction to creating instructions. Move the Turtle is a great next step app once they have mastered Daisy to bring the controls and commands to a more complex level. It is a great starter to building problem solving and programming as students move towards programs such as Scratch and Kodu.
This is a short list, but an example of creativity, engagement, and creation tools for students.