A few weeks ago I had the honor of meeting some fabulous teachers, facilitators, and administrators from across the state of Texas and beyond at the TCEA15 conference. One common theme that surfaced through my conversations was the struggle teachers were having of infusing technology into the curriculum. Coming up with an idea was a challenge and knowing how to implement the idea was even harder.
I see this everyday with my work in the classroom. There are a lot of obstacles that can get in the way when using technology…most often are technical. Of course, I can’t change bandwidth and wireless issues that may arise in the classroom but I can help with ideas and provide resources of HOW things work.
I have decided to spend some time showing how to breathe new life into common, everyday activities implemented in the classroom by adding technology to the mix. My “Be Appy” Monday series is meant to do just that.
You probably already know this but my favorite app is Book Creator. It is just so versatile. And since I will always think like a literacy coach, I believe in the power of a journal or notebook to help scaffold students through their learning of a particular topic. So bringing these two sources together seem like a no brainer to me. Especially when you combine other apps into the mix.
So what if I told you you can take the same idea of an interactive notebook and apply it using technology? This can be done with an iPad and/or a computer. No more glue, paper, scissors, and composition notebooks that fill up or even worse fall apart. I can also show you how to save the notebooks via a video, pdf, iBook, and or in a student’s Google Drive. Does this sound appealing? I know it does to me! School supplies drive me BONKERS!
Over the next several weeks I am going to show you how to plan, assess, and implement the use of the DIGITAL Interactive Notebook in your classroom. I will provide you with practical, innovative ways you can use technology. Even if you don’t have a class set of devices I hope my ideas can spark a way for you to use this same idea in small groups. So be on the lookout for more posts to come. For now be sure to grab this FREEBIE to help you get started using the Book Creator app in making interactive notebooks with your students.