I have been working with Tanya at St Joseph’s today. Most of the day has been focused around integration of iPads into the curriculum. Consuming content is easy on an iPad, and there are a plethora of paid and free apps that enable you to do just that, passively consume content or never get past enrichment exercises. The trick with the closed eco system of the iPad is to find quick and easy ways for students to create content that demonstrates their understanding and to post this work to a public space rapidly. In all of my research with apps for the iPad this is my focus, can students create content easily and how easy is it then for them to share that learning on a wiki, blog, LMS or website of their choice.
Today I worked with some of Tanya’s class to show them the ShowMe app, a free screen capture and annotation app that enables students to write and speak their thoughts and ideas on screen. We captured a block of text from a book in the library and then had them identify the text features on the screen. The app is easy to use and within seconds the students were proficient at the tool and were demonstrating their learning. Now Tanya has a record of what each student knows and this work has now been embedded into their wiki page. The ShowMe site is a whole community of teachers and you can follow the videos of others, so if you want to scaffold students through concepts that they find tricky there are lots of videos up there for you to choose from and to passively consume. However it is better to be the ones creating the content in my opinion and sharing it with the wider ShowMe community. Below is a video I took of the students at work.