Thursday, 29 May 2014

Show what they Know

In iCafe this week we talked about using iPads to allow students to demonstrate their understanding. Two great quotes come to mind when thinking about this topic "You don't really understand something unless you can explain it to your Grandmother." Albert Einstein and "If students are sharing their work with the world, they want it to be good. If they are just sharing it with [the teacher], they want it to be good enough." Rushton Hurley

Letting students create on an iPad is such a simple and effective way of finding out what they know and understand after a unit of work. Just some ways to do this are having students:

Create games using TinyTap, Keynote, Stick Around
Make digital stories using BookCreator, Keynote, Animoto, Haiku Deck, LittleStoryMaker, SonicPics
Create screen casting lessons using Educreations, Explain Everything, ShowMe
Make movies using just the video camera, iMovie, greenscreen, virtual greenscreen
Create tutorials using iMovie, SnapGuide

Other apps that can be used to show understanding include a Tellagami, PicCollage, PhotoCard, StopMotion, Skitch.

It doesn't always need to be the teacher deciding what students should create to display their understanding. Leave it up to them to decide and then share their creation with the world through blogs, websites, YouTube, in app sharing etc.

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