The results of two lessons with classes using the iPads for the first time
Using the Camera and Safari apps with a Year 9 mixed ability class:
The problems the teacher encountered were that recording 5 or 6 videos in the same lab was a little difficult, as it was a loud environment. Some students wanted to take their iPad outside (which, for a first use the teacher thought perhaps not) to overcome this, which was a reasonable request. One group went out with the TA and produced a very clear video with good sound quality. When playing the video back to the class, it is essential that the iPads are plugged into some speakers as they were only 'just' loud enough to hear. The class were absolutely silent during play back so they could hear, which the teacher thought showed good respect. The iPads all came back in one piece. Some thoughtful students had closed any apps they had used and deleted anything not needed, though not all had done this. It is recommended that the teacher leave time to do this at the end as it will preserve the battery and not clog up the Camera Roll.
It should be noted that this lesson was held on a Friday, lesson 5 (1.45pm - 2.45pm) of the penultimate week before Easter and the teacher was impressed that the students behaved so well.
Using the Infection Bio War free app with a Year 8 mixed ability class:
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