I enjoyed this week’s challenge to learn a new tool. Our group plan is focusing on interactive boards so I took an even bigger challenge and investigated something completely new. From the resource ideas, I tried the recommended Fetch Lunch Rush. It was a pretty neat tool – but unfortunately, not something that works for my class as we don’t have access regularly to the iPod touches/iPads needed to make it work. Fun though, to add real life to math – and I look forward to the option of using it in a classroom.
I ended up downloading and learning to use iBooks author. Wow! What an amazing resource. I really like the ability to add links and short videos or audio. I can define words as needed to meet the needs of students in the classroom. I originally had a project in mind for animal fact cards to go with a unit and research report writing activity, but I can see the use of iBooks for many different subjects and even to introduce sight words or high-frequency words. I could pull this up on the smartboard during circle time or set up a center and use an iPad. If I were teaching older students, having them create iBooks for reports would be such a great assessment and project. It could be a great resource for ‘students teaching students’.
I spent a lot of time, several hours over several days, learning and practicing my iBook Author skills. I then created a screencastomatic video to demonstrate what I made. I used this briefly today in the classroom to introduce the unit we’ll start on next week.
Most of my time this week was spent concentrating on iBooks Author but I found some fantastic resources on websites and sources for differentiating the process of learning.
My Diigo resource list: https://www.diigo.com/list?token=4346a9f232e3ad5eb11dc58b0bd01a39