Engaging students in course content (35 min)
Participants will actively participate as students in class activities using iPads and their apps.
Activity 1: Research, background information, and interview
Step 1. Using one of the news service apps, ie. CNN, USA Today, BBC, etc find a current event that has to do with your subject matter.
Step 2. In groups of 2, share your news article with your partner. The person reading the article will gather information and write down 2-3 questions they have about the article, topic, etc.
Step 3. Using the sound recorder app, conduct an interview of your partner, asking questions about the article, topic, etc.
Next steps. Share possible next steps that students could do with this activity.
Activity 2: Finding resources
Often we find it difficult to vet the numerous resources that are available to us through the Internet and apps. One of the things that we can do is have students find, share and critically review resources that could be used in class.
Step 1. Using the YouTube app on the iPads, search for a video that may be applicable to your instruction. Review the video and evaluate it to determine if you think it could be viable as a learning resource for your students.
Step 2. Think about how you might use the resource, would it be used in class or would you have students access it via a mobile device? What do you think the benefits could be to having students evaluate the resources? What could be some challenges? Share the YouTube video and its possible use with your partner.