At this years NSTA conference in Indianapolis, I co-presented with colleague and Allendale Columbia School science teacher, Beth Guzzetta. Our topic was iPad Apps in the Science classroom. The presentation focused on how Beth has used a variety of apps with her students. The apps and tools Beth has used were researched and tested by me before we implemented them into classroom. There are a few reasons why I feel our presentation was authentic and helpful to teachers. The first, Beth is a classroom teacher. She is the person using and innovating with the iPads in her classroom. We were not sharing hypothetical situations. We shared real projects with apps her students are using right now in her classroom. The second, only a handful of the apps we presented were specific to the science classroom. I firmly believe that you get more bang for your buck when you purchase apps that can be used by more than just one discipline. The projects that Beth created for her class allowed the students to choose from a variety of apps in order to present information to the class. They researched, created, and presented to their peers.
Below is a short video of our students talking about how they used their iPads in the classroom.
Special Thanks to Beth Guzzetta for being willing to try just about anything I suggest!