IPAD Innovation Grant Proposal
Class Set&Teacher iPad
Take a look at my students using ipads in math this year...
Top 10 Reasons Why I Should be granted a class set of ipads
1. I have a passion for enhancing student learning with technology and have proven my innovation in technology use (and in sharing what I have learned with fellow staff members).
Additionally, since obtaining 1-to-1 Chromebooks on my own, I have learned about, created presentations, and then taught two other Teaching & Learning conference in-service classes in January 2015 and 2016 on digital Formative Assessment Tools (https://www.smore.com/ta9u6-formative-assessment) and Nearpod (https://www.smore.com/rh1db-nearpod).
After learning about a website called smore.com and trying it out, I presented information in a staff meeting this year about using smore.com as a digital tool for communicating with parents. Others in the building then then obtained subscriptions. Dr. Fillippi also began using smore.com for his parent communications.
With my team, I piloted Schoology, a potential replacement for Edmodo, and enrolled my classes in the Khan Academy LearnStorm math competition, which just concluded its first year of availability in the Chicagoland area.
2. I have proven my innovation in sourcing ipad apps relating to the 6th grade math common core curriculum and in sharing ipad app ideas with fellow staff members.
Among the specific apps that I requested are Thinking Blocks Ratios, Thinking Blocks Fractions, Hands On Equations Lite, Rocket Math (which is now called Mathmateer),and KenKen. These apps aren't simple math games, but seek to address the fundamental visual/conceptual connection and modeling with mathematics practice between the 6th grade common core standards of work with fractions, ratios and algebra.
If I had my own class set of iPads, I would focus less on using apps for task augmentation and instead on modification and redefinition by using more generic apps rather than only math-specific ones. More generic apps such as QR Code Readers, iMovie, EduCreations, Nearpod, etc. would allow my students to become producers and creators rather than simply consumers.
3. I have proven myself to be a trailblazer by using Nearpod, a powerful digital tool, to have students experience math.
4. Math is fun, and ipads enhance that fun!
They touch it, and that makes sense to them. Textbooks have a less interactive feel - a student can get, but cannot give. iPads (and the information available on them) have a unique ability to connect students with information in a way that feels natural and intuitive. Students love them!
5. I love to learn. I am a lifelong learner. I have a passion for learning new things and sharing that passion. I am willing to make errors and use those mistakes to improve.
Incorporation of a set of iPads will allow me to become more creative in my lesson planning and as a result, make tasks more student-centered and allow time for students to investigate and explore mathematics to promote mathematical thinking and problem solving.
I am interested in learning what students could do with an iPad. I would like to discover new and powerful ways that students can demonstrate their learning. In doing so, I would like to empower students through creativity and voice.
6. Even with a single iPad cart in the building, i try to use the ipads in a variety of ways to strengthen instruction and student engagement
My request for a class set of iPads stems from a solid foundation of understanding how to use iPads and desiring to expand that use more freely to allow students to create, collaborate and problem solve.
7. Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, collaboration, communication
Access to a class set of iPads on a daily basis can help transform my teaching and my students' learning. In the modification level of the SAMR model, the technology allows for significant task redesign. It would be great to take advantage of teacher- and student-friendly apps that involve creativity and convert educational texts into engaging material for students. For example, AutoRap takes your words and turns them into a rap, and Strip Designer enables the creation of comic strips. Students could work collaboratively in groups to use critical thinking to solve various types of math problems and then create a video, via an app like EduCreation or Explain Everything, where the students explain step by step how they solved the problem. The video could then be posted on Edmodo so that students could use it as a tutorial and student-made resource.
8. Addressing the Common Core Standards
My goals in using iPads are for students to be able to solve problems in real-world contexts and do more investigation to promote mathematical thinking and problem solving, and for tasks to become more student-centered. The iPads as a device, however, must remain a tool of learning; the mathematics must be the focus.
9. the world is at their fingertips!
For students, the beauty of iPads is that they can interact with the machinery in a very tactile way; the graphics are engaging and extremely appealing; and it responds to many of the senses. As the teacher I can sit alongside the student or in front of them, and there is a no big screen in the way.
10. I am ready to tackle this change. I embrace this challenge.
I do not feel compelled to become an expert before trying something new in the classroom. Achieving learning outcomes will require time, planning, design, and reflection. I have several new ipad apps I am interested to explore with a set of iPads: Aurasma, ExplainEverything, Go Formative, EduCreations, Canva, ShowMe, ThingLink for Math, Minds of Modern Mathematics, Pic Collage, Virtual Manipulatives for the iPad, Desmos, Kami, AlgebraProblem, and GeometryTest. I would love to pursue the students' creation of a portfolio of knowledge over time using an app that would allow them to collect notes, vocabulary, important concepts, projects, and demonstrations of their growth in math over the year.
What my students say about why I should be awarded the Class Set of Ipads Innovation Grant
"I really enjoyed having the iPads for many different activities. It very much helps with showing your work. I would love to have them in math all of the time. I like the iPads in math better than a chromebook in math.I would be able to show my work through technology rather than doing it on a sheet of paper. This school is all about technology and this really is the next step for math." - Jordan H.
"The iPads have helped me grow and learn in math because I was able to learn a lot about ratios and fraction from the Thinking Blocks apps. Also, scanning the QR codes for the math problem answers was very easy and helpful. Nearpod was my favorite of all because you could show your work on the screen with different colors and images. Also, you could learn from other people's work." - Haylie S.
"It has really given us visuals and given us a much better understanding of many different math concepts. Some examples are, Thinking Blocks have helped Hands-On Equation app has helped a lot, and nearpod, and I think if Mrs. Andrews got the iPads, she could come up with many different other apps and things to do to help her students. A class set of iPads would make me a much more engaged understanding learner. I think it would be great for the students to get to use them more." - Evan M.
"The ipads have helped because we learn things in many different ways since every program teaches the subject slightly differently. I think that since they aren't chromebooks, we like them better and also they have more features to them so we can explore new things within the unit using the ipads. Ipads have some good features like drawing and writing differently and they are more visual and hands on. I would rather have them than the chromebooks because they are easier to use and more different and fun. I think that math would be the best use for them because it allows you to draw
and write on them, and it isn't always a physical sheet, so it would mix things up in a way that would make our learning more diverse and different so that we can have more fun and learn more." - Tess B.
"On chromebooks we mainly use them to write, using an ipad with all those apps that we have on ipads would definitely be an upside to our math class because it would allow us to do many math things on the ipad that we can't do on a chromebook. Nearpod helped us a lot because we would not have learned from all the mistakes that we made on there, Hands on equations scale equation solving app was important this year because it let us know how much progress was made from us judging by different levels moving on to see how far we could get in the app. They can be more innovative because we don't use them in any other classes other than math." - Charlie W.
"Well, I pads have been a HUGE help in our math classroom. We have access to so many different math apps that can better our knowledge and help our learning experience! They really helped with fractions and ratios, because there were no good websites. Also QR code scanning is huge. It really helps us learn and it fun too! We would be able to do the QR code scanning, and we would have access to so many different math apps!" - Nicole M.
"I think Ipads have helped us understand different math concepts with the different math tools on them. I learned a lot using the thinking block app, and that taught me a lot because it was engaging, and online. Being able to write on nearpod is awesome, because with our chromebooks we can't. With Ipads there are more options of fun math games, it is just a great online resource. We can't do math games on our Chromebook that would allow us to be able to use a touchscreen or writing on it. I think one really good reason is because it would allows us to touch it, and use the app Nearpod with our hands." - Riley S.
"Using the iPads in math this year has greatly helped me grow while learning new math this year.We have been able to learn in different ways other than the usual, like a google doc. I really enjoy doing the qr codes, and i think it helped me greatly with my understanding of the questions that we were doing. Since, we can not type math on Chromebooks, I think that the i pads have greatly contributed to the great amount of learning, that I have received this year!!! Ipads would allow our class to improve our learning and innovate our classroom, because there are so many more apps and games that we can do on the ipads, that would make it easier for our class as a whole." - Rachel B.
Connections to Danielson Framework
Establish a Culture for Learning:
Students can use various iPad tools to more easily share their work. possible avenues are electronic portfolios, blogs, websites, and YouTube videos. Their wider audience will provide an opportunity to receive feedback and expand their knowledge. They can learn from, help, and encourage their peers. Learning becomes more fun and students more enthusiastic.
Use quick response systems (e.g. Nearpod, Khan Academy) to provide individualized and quick feedback.
Engaging Students in Learning
Use creative visual tools (infographics, videos, images) to engage students and help them understand a topic
Use electronic portfolios to allow students to archive their work
Use Google forms, Socrative or other tools to elicit feedback from individual students to measure understanding
Promote problem solving and choice in products or ways to demonstrate understanding
Using Assessment in Instruction
Use tools like Nearpod to provide feedback on the spot
Use electronic portfolios to allow students to archive their work
Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
What Will Be Accomplished That Couldn't Otherwise Be Accomplished
-Using Nearpod to its fullest can give every student an opportunity to weigh in on math and showcase their thinking, even if it’s incorrect at the start. Including students in the examination and analysis of their thinking will help facilitate rich dialogue, authentic error-analysis, and even determine next steps in the lesson.
-Khan Academy Touchscreen feature can be used to complete work right on the problem itself.
-Learning redefinition. For example: "To complete this activity, you may be as creative as you would like. You will use your information from your solutions to exponent problems to create an iMovie or video that we will post to our website for other students to use as a resource to learn how to solve problems with exponents and grouping symbols. Use google drive to share your progress with me and upload your final video." iPads would allow students to create screencasts to show how they solved problems and to teach each other.
-After being exposed to certain apps, students will likely begin to engage with math more often at home. I found this to be true with the Hands on Equations and Thinking Blocks apps.
iPads can provide an interactive and supportive learning experience. Math lessons can now become an even more dynamic and motivating two-way experience for learners that focus on more than just answers. iPads can help create an environment that addresses students' weaknesses and embraces their strengths, keeps students engaged, and encourages collaboration, creation, communication and problem solving.