Many schools are jumping on the iPad bandwagon and the devices are becoming increasingly present in classrooms everywhere. Of course, every 1:1 implementation requires planning and professional development to help educators understand the benefits of use, as well as the limitations of the device. Even if these critical components are included in an iPad rollout, it’s fairly safe to say that some teachers might still feel a bit of angst when the devices actually arrive and they are faced with the reality of using them for teaching and learning.
My advice for teachers who are a bit nervous about a 1:1 iPad implementation is to find your comfort zone and strive to find ways to use the camera on the device to Teach Above the Line, a goal suggested by the SAMR model of tech integration, designed by Dr. Reuban Puentedura. Since I’ve embraced this model, the suggestions here are aligned loosely with the SAMR framework to provide a starting point for teachers at all comfort levels.
iPad Camera Integration Ideas at the Substitution Level
iPad Camera Integration Ideas at the Augmentation Level
Once students get the hang of capturing learning through photos, take advantage of additional iPad features to augment the learning experience. Use the Blooming Orange poster from, Smart Tudor as a guide to challenge students to use higher order thinking skills as they demonstrate learning. Capture a math problem , put together a series of photos to document a science experiment, and let students share and organize the learning through their unique perspective. Here are a couple of tools to get started.
iPad Camera Integration Ideas at the Modification Level
Start with a photo. Easily create links to define the photo through multimedia. Pack the photo full ideas. Create links to amazing sites. Let students explore, share and create with ThingLink. Use the free app to quickly add video or text to a photo. Use the full blown web version through Safari to use all of the features of this amazing tool.
iPad Camera Integration Ideas at the Redefinition Level
The iMovie app includes a feature that can be used to turn images into an impressive theater style movie trailer that can include music and genre transitions. This feature rich app is easy to use and the product is impressive. Use scripts to guide the planning process and let students tell their digital stories.
Blogging to Put it All Together
When you get to the point at which students are regularly documenting their learning through images and using a wide variety of apps and web 2.0 tools to complete the task, stop and consider the many possibilities for redefining learning experiences. Combine some of the apps mentioned above to present information and ideas in any way imaginable and then publish them for the world in a blog. At this stage, as a teacher you might need to get out of the way and let students create. Connect with other classrooms through comments and collaboration and showcase the wonderful learning going on in your classroom through a blog.
The ideas presented here focus on using photos because I believe the camera provides teachers with a powerful and comfortable starting point for 1:1 iPad integration. Of course, that iPad camera also has video capabilities and the tools shared here are extremely flexible. It is my hope that teachers will embrace the camera, adopt some of the flexible tools presented here, explore additional ways to use those tools, and strive to Teach Above the Line.