If we are going to prepare students for a technology-rich future, we must expand what it means to be literate. Teaching our students how to be “literate with technology” and understand how to use different and new forms of media is so important. Although our students are born into the world with technology around them and use it every day, that does not mean that they understand how to use it to learn. It is up to us to learn first and then teach our students.
We have been learning about some great new apps like Do Ink that can enhance our teaching, and redefine how students are learning and showing what they have learned. Do Ink is a fun and easy green screen app that makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on the iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera with live images! In addition to Do Ink, teachers have also been learning and using Chatterpix and Book Creator. Chatterpix is an app that allows students to take any photo and make it talk. Fourth grade used Chatterpix to bring character thoughts to life during Lit. Circle. Book Creator is a fun and simple app used for creating digital books in which students can add text, images, audio, and video to create a digital book in any subject area. The fifth graders used Book Creator to demonstrate their understanding of onomatopoeia in writing. These are only a few ways we are using what we have learned to teach our students how to be “literate with technology” and to use technology to learn. So be on the look out for more ways teachers and students are APProaching new ways to use technology to teach and learn.
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