Now we are 2 weeks into our iPad 1:1 pilot, and I'd say we're making great strides toward using these devices to their full potential. Getting back into the swing of things at the beginning of a school year is a real challenge. It feels a little bit like jumping into a lake in the middle of winter.
So this week I created a science lesson that I'm pretty excited about. We are studying the Scientific Method as a way to kick off our combined SS/Sci unit about Explorers, Scientific Method, and forces and motion. I went to our LRC and asked the director to help me locate a book that presented a scientist that worked through the scientific method in order to make a discovery. She found me a great book about the woman who developed Kevlar - you know, the stuff in bullet-proof vests.
My first thought was to do a read aloud, and then have a class discussion. Then as I thought more about the length of the book and the fact that I have these iPads, I changed my direction. It's a simple addition, but I think it will keep the kids more engaged.
Using the app e-clicker, I created a question set that goes along with the story. I will deliver the questions at strategic places during the read-aloud to capitalize on teachable moments and opportunities for discussion. I think this will keep the students attention more than a typical read-aloud because they will be excited for the next question, and will want to be ready to participate. The question set is a variety of questions including multiple choice and true/false with correct answers, but also includes some questions that will ask the students for their opinions (agree/disagree).
I hope it works out!