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New project for the history class

New project ahead: After the vacation break I planed some projects for the iPad. In the history class – 12th grade – the subject is the cold war. Traditionally we should study main developments of that period found in the class books. I want to approach this period differently – by content and by method – needing the iPad to realize the project. Firstly I do not want to focus around the traditional Western centred perception of this part of history. I want students to get a larger perspective by integrating developments that are normally neglected: the process of decolonisation in Africa, the rise of South Korea during the 1970s and 80s, the rise of China since the 1980s. The central question is: Which developments lead to the end of the Western centralised world? Introducing the concept of global historical consciousness history should be understood from different perspectives not within the Western framework but truly transcending it. The task for students will be to develop a project – film, documentary, presentation…) to present results of their research in different ways. This should also lead to new ideas for presentation- examinations. The time planning gives room for discussion and exchange and will be from beginning November until the 11th of December.
(Andreas Heuer)

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Desmos – plotting graphs in mathematics

desmos_icon_wdesmos_largeWith Desmos you can draw graphs, points and tables in a two-dimensional coordinate system. Desmos also allows you to use multiple sliders in your constructions. Desmos is a powerful tool for teaching and learning mathematics.

List of features (compare the official website):

Graphing: Plot polar, cartesian, or parametric graphs. There’s no limit to how many expressions you can graph at one time – and you don’t even need to enter expressions in y= form! Continue Reading →

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One Day in NYC – creating brochures using pages and the iPad

During the last workshop, some of you were able to have a look at my last project “One Day in NYC”. It has taken me quite a while to actually write something about it but I hope to be able to present and adequately reflect on this mobile learning scenario in the following text.

In my class 8 we were talking about NYC and found out about the city’s many famous sights. It seemed to me that talking about the city and finding out about this fascinating place, should not be restricted to the two or three pages in our English text book. I knew that pages offered different pre-set designs and decided to create brochures for one day in NYC using the iPad minis of our project and the brochure design of the pages app.

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Face yourself

When I prepared a practice lesson in arts in which the pupils have to assemble their photos of themselves with photoshop once as a giant, another times as a dwarf in the style of “The journey of gulliver”, I discovered a handy app of a girl called split pic. It`s a great app to face yourself very fast without assembling and you can learn a lot about composition.
It works on iPads, too, but at this time I`m not allowed to install an app by myself, so we worked with own iPads and smartphones of the pupils.

This situation shows, if there will be at some future time a different learning situation with various accesses each pupil have to own a private iPad or something similar like “bring your own device”. In my mind it would be very interesting to learn from each other and to participate different ways – like in Sollentuna ; )
I`m looking forward , Eva

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A surprising winner – iTunesU vs. GoogleDrive

During the last weeks I’ve tried to work with two different apps: GoogleDrive and iTunesU.

They are not developed for the same purposes but I used them for almost the same things in two different groups. My implication was to create an interactive platform for the students to look for exercises, to work, to create products and to give a chance to interact with each other.

The first group was a 9th grade in religion and the other an 11th grade in politics/economics. The first group uses GoogleDrive for the whole year, the other one iTunesU for some weeks.

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Changes in my teaching

Last year, before our students had their own iPads I tried to use them once in a while when I had an oppurtunity to get hold of a few. Then I asked the students to use them for presenting group work they did during one lesson, and then there was only one iPad per group. That was because I found it difficult to find enough iPads which I could use, more often.

Today when our students have their own iPads I use them quite often and there have been changes in my way of teaching. One could say that I use the iPads for four different purposes: commenting and grading, writing, searching information, presenting.

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