iPads enhancing education
dad at Livingstone
member of the PAC Communications Team
At first glance, the group of people walking down Main Street last Friday afternoon could have been mistaken for a tour group taking a few too many selfies on oversized phones. In actuality, it was a very interesting exploration of architecture and photography by Ms. Geri's grade 5/6 class.
Earlier this year, the PAC paid for 10 iPads for our school. Curious about how the technology was being used in the classroom, I had arranged to join them for a part of their photography class. The class started with a brief review of architecture elements on the smart board before we headed out to take pictures along Main Street.
From what they showed me, the students had already been exploring the history of photography, starting with reproducing the daguerreotype style pictures they had seen when studying the Franklin expedition. Different points of view had also been explored including sky-view, shadows, framing and my favorites the ant-view and giant-view. The architecture lesson focused on looking at details and finding interesting themes among the mish-mash of buildings between 26th and 15th Avenues. I was impressed by how engaged the students were and how the technology facilitated focusing and capturing details of their neighborhood that otherwise would probably have been missed. Although I could not stay, the students would later stream their pictures to the classroom screen and provide feedback to each other. Just another day in the connected (and mobile) classroom.
This is only one of many examples of the iPads in action. How have your kids been using them in their class?