Today we found an opportunity to work with the iPads with the English department but in the role of support teacher. Over the next week I will be working with one or two English teachers to trial using the iPads with smaller groups of students in class. Some students in Year 8 are studying Media and will annotate a film poster on the iPad using Explain Everything and make a short video which they will then share with others by switching the iPads. I will be working with a group of four students; two who are G&T and two are LDD. They will then become the experts in using Explain Everything and will then be able to go, the following lesson, to four different tables and lead a similar activity with others. Hopefully we will be able to start using the iPads not always as whole class but in small groups when the learning objective lends itself to an app and this can be a useful way to use the LDD teacher in class. I’m going to be training the LDD team on the apps we found out about in the Apple training next week.
HT from the LDD team also discovered PowToon http://www.powtoon.com/
Its a great free resource which allows you to make simple and quick videos. It can be used on the PC or on the iPads.
In our department, TK, HT and I have been developing a resource called ‘The Learning Hub’ which is available to all students and staff to access. It launched last week and has already had almost 100 participants, with several giving us feedback via a questionnaire on how to improve it. Our aim was to be able to support students in how they learn without the stigma of being ‘LDD’. We also have been able to include G&T resources and extension activities. It’s so far showing itself to be a good way for our department to communicate widely with the student body. Below is an advert made by HT to advertise the Learning Hub using Powtoon. It will be hopefully shared during homerooms via the student bulletin, and also appears at the top of the Moodle page.
If anyone has any useful resources to share on the page, please let me know and also feel free to leave your feedback on the feedback questionnaire or use it during your class as a support tool!