This year GES teachers participating in the 1:1 pilot have done an excellent job experimenting with various ways to use the iPads for deeper learning. The year has flow by, and we now find ourselves one month away from state testing season! Throughout the next month teachers will finish teaching new content, and will begin to spend some time on review. Although we always strive for deeper learning activities, sometimes it is important to provide students with review of material already learned. Check out some of the options below for using the iPad to review content! Some activities or sites you may have already used this year, but I hope you will find something new and helpful on the list! Let me know if you would like support implementing any of these ideas or finding more sites.
Apps specifically for review:
Pass the Past – This app created by the VDOE houses past history SOL test questions.
Websites that work on the iPad:
Mr. Nussbaum Mobile site – Houses numerous review games for all subject areas! All are built with html5, and work on the iPads! You can link individual games to your blog or post the links in Edmodo.
ThingLink – Teachers can sign up for an account, and create protected student accounts (the program provides teachers with student logins). Students can create interactive pictures. Students could add interactive features and information to a science diagram or a painting from history. It takes a few minutes for a teacher to sign up his or her class, but the features of the site are worth it!
Flashcard Machine – Teachers can sign up for free and make flashcards for your class. The site will give you a web address for each set of flashcards you make. You could give students the address by posting in in Edmodo, on your blog, or by linking it to a QR code.
Hooda Math - Practice games that will work on the iPad, that are grouped by grade level. Teachers could post links to the games on their blogs or Edmodo.
Transum Math - Practice games that will work on the iPad.
Ideas using apps on the iPads
1) Students can create videos in which they ask review questions (play for whole class). Students can write their own questions, and film themselves asking it.
- you could assign different units/topics to groups or individuals
2) Summarize a unit, or what you know about a topic. Share movies on Edmodo.
1) Create visual cues for science, social studies, or math vocabulary (drawing or taking pictures)
- students can make an audio recording explaining each visual cue
2) Present student groups (or individuals) with word problems (could use QR codes). Have them illustrate and verbally explain their work and solution. Then share solutions with the class.
1) Post review quizzes on Edmodo for daily practice
2) Have students watch a video covering information from a content area. Assign roles to students to review and post information from the video. Teachers can show the video to the whole group, or post in Edmodo so students can easily re-watch it. There are lots of great videos on Discovery Education! This activity is similar to literature circles, but with videos rather than texts!
- Role 1: define vocabulary
- Role 2: summarize the information
- Role 3: illustrate concepts
- Role 4: write questions from the video
1) Each student creates a practice quiz on Google Docs. The teacher could set criteria, such as “must use multiple choice questions.”
2) Create a collaborative class document and have students write everything they know about a topic (could also do on Edmodo). This would be like a mind dump.
- Could also send collaborative documents with small groups for the same activity
1) Students could create vocabulary books for units of study (can incorporate video, pictures, drawing, and audio clips).
2) Teachers could assign different topics to groups or individuals, and then share books with class.
3) This app is great for challenging vocabulary or topics because of the easy access to multi-modal opportunities (pictures, video, drawing, audio clips).
4) In Language Arts class create short stories that incorporate facts from social studies or science (could also use Pages or Google Docs)
1) Students create trading cards for famous people.
- Create a template on your computer, and send it to students using Google Docs. Students open the template in Pages. Within pages students can add pictures and text.
1) Students label science diagrams (plants, cells, waves, clouds, etc.).
2) Students create a comic that illustrates a historic event or fact, or students could make a timeline.
3) Students create comics that illustrate vocabulary (could create a page sized comic for math vocab.).
4) Students can create comics that reinforce reading skills (cause and effect, making inferences, illustrating literary elements, fact/opinion, compare and contrast).
1) Create a project as someone from history explaining an event. You can mash multiple Morfo projects using iMovie if students need more than 30 seconds of recording time.
1) Create a teacher character that teaches information from a science or social studies unit
- Could also use some math concepts (especially geometry)