Back to School with iPads and Gaggle: Capture Learning in Real Time!
In the past, allowing students to use digital photography and video in the classroom meant teachers had to allot time for the retrieval of media, make decisions on where to store that media, and then ensure students could easily access it when needed. This workflow of image and video retrieval could sometimes slow down the creativity and learning process involved in technology integration. However, thanks to iPads and Gaggle, students and educators now have a safe, quick and easy way to capture learning in real time with an easily accessible location for storage and access to their media-the Digital Locker.
When educators and students use Gaggle and the iPad, authentic experiences are easily documented and shared. By storing the media in Gaggle, students can easily integrate the images and video into their work, creating engaging and true representations of both content and the learning process. Gaggle and the iPad allow students to produce and store their digital media without the complication of cords or SD cards. With Gaggle on the iPads, the possibilities are endless!
Here are a few curriculum ideas:
Introducing video and still images into an English lesson is almost too easy. Students can match images to imagery in poetry, they can act out scenes from books or plays, and they can do oral book reports and share them with the class via video.
A text book explanation of a right angle may be met with blank stares from students, but a “capture the right angles in our school” exercise that has your students prowling the school halls with their iPads, capturing photos of the right angles visible in the school architecture, creates meaningful associations with the term. Students can easily share their photos with their peers via the Gaggle and their iPad.
With the Gaggle app and iPad, science experiments can be easily replicated at home. Students can follow a video of the teacher performing the experiments that has been stored in their Digital Locker or Assignment Drop Box. Messy experiments such as growing crystals never transport well. But by utilization of the iPad, students’ experiments and results can be used to create unique recordings and can be shared via email, GaggleTube or the Digital Lockers.
Gaggle and iPads in the classroom make ‘anytime, anywhere learning’ a reality. With these two tools in your classroom, the events that once happened outside of the classroom can now be captured, saved, and shared with ease.