From paper, to iPad

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I’ll be the first to admit that I love using paper in my classroom. Not necessarily worksheets, but the tactile opportunities that paper provides. Sticky-notes are just one of my favourites, and cutting out shapes for posters or wall displays is so much fun!

This year is my second year with an iPad, having bought my first iPad last January. I now own two, but that’s another story. One of the many advantages of an iPad is that it can reduce paperflow in the classroom. I’m not necessarily keen on having my planner on my iPad, as I like to scribble all over my planner and see what changes I had to make from week to week, but I’m aiming to reduce my paper usage this year. Here’s one way I plan on doing this:

In 2013, I found this fabulous idea from Mrs Robinson’s Classroom Blog that I used for my Year 4 students.

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It was amazing to see their goals and expectations for their entire year. I kept the posters up all year (once I glued the sticky-notes down when they lost their ‘stick’) and we reviewed them on the very last day of school, to see if we thought we’d achieved what we set out to do. It was very inspiring to hear their feedback.

This year I’ve turned the posters into a Socrative quiz for students to complete within the first week of school. If you have the Socrative Teacher app, you can import my quiz with the code SOC-3003573. When the student results are emailed to me as a grid or table, I’m thinking about turning them into a Tagxedo word cloud to display as a QR code in my classroom. I can fit 6 QR codes on one A4 piece of paper, which is a lot less paper than 6 big poster sheets, plus numerous sticky-notes on each one!

I love the simplicity of the iPad for it’s ability to take a screenshot of student work. The screenshot is so easily shared via Airdrop, Dropbox or email, making it so much easier to see what students achieved in each lesson. Easier to share their work on the class blog too – simple upload of the screenshot!

I would like to make every piece of paper that is displayed in my classroom have some sort of digital link or use, but I think that may be stretching the limits a little! However, my brain has drifted towards the possibilities of using our world map poster to create some sort of augmented reality feature with populations and locations…

Has anybody got some nifty ideas for shifting from paper to iPad?

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