Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Innovator: Jennifer Anderson, iPad U Teacher Heritage E-STEM Magnet School, West Saint Paul, MN

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Innovator: Jennifer Anderson, iPad U Teacher Heritage E-STEM Magnet School, West Saint Paul, MN

Article excerpt

>> THOSE WHO CAN, TEACH

We are a middle school with an environmental focus on STEM, now in our fourth year as a 1 -to-1 iPad school. I was the technology integration specialist when we got the grant that established the "program, so I helped the teachers prepare for what it was going to look like to have a class full of students with iPads. After we did our six-week pilot, my" principal asked if I would be interested in going into "the classroom. I love teaching, so I jumped at the" opportunity and was allowed to design what I felt would meet the needs of students who would have iPads with them all the time. I'm now in my third year as the iPad U teacher.

>> STUDENTS AS EXPERTS

If we were going to provide students with this tool, I wanted them to learn to go beyond the classroom wails and become connected learners. So in the first year, I connected my eighth-graders with a school district in Brazil and, through Skype, my students were keynote speakers at a conference there, sharing with teachers who were looking at doing this kind of a program what it was like to have 24-hour access to the world as a student. Right now my fifth-graders are using VoiceThread to do book talks encouraging younger students at some of the neighboring schools to read their picture books. They take so much pride in it because they see themselves as the experts.

>> EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

My other big focus has been in making sure that students become producers, not just consumers, of technology. Our big thing this year is a project in which the students are putting together a photo journal that tells the story of who we are as a community. …

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