The 1:1 iPad Program is the cornerstone of technology in Shorecrest’s Middle and Upper Schools. Since the implementation of the program in 2013, students have taken greater ownership of the learning process and leverage technology to take an active role in choosing and achieving their personal learning goals. With access to so many educational apps, teachers are able to customize learning experiences and students can use apps that best meet their needs. Access to individual devices has also increased the ways students build community and collaborate within the classroom walls and beyond.
Teachers and students have found amazing ways to use these tools across the curriculum! Some of the ways we use iPads at Shorecrest are:
- As students in 5th grade transition from self-contained classrooms, the Reminders app is critical in fostering organizational skills. Students use it to record homework in each class and set the app to pop up at the end of the day to insure they bring home the correct books needed for homework each night.
- The Kindle app, with its built-in dictionary, notetaking and highlighting tools, allow students to organize their thoughts and allows teachers to supplement their curriculum libraries with age-appropriate, leveled reading materials.
- Notability has become the go-to app for note taking in the Middle School. Teachers begin the year by helping all students set up folders for organize their notes by subject. Student then learn how to supplement their notes with pictures and sketches as well as audio recordings. The built-in backup feature ensures notes are not only backed up on the iPad but also accessible via Google Drive.
- The assistive technologies built-in to the iPad such as speech-to-text, apps such as Dragon Dictation and Learning Ally, as well as Google Voice assist students in their everyday work while school learning coaches use apps like Articulation and iSequence to build language and support students attending speech therapy.
- The use of the graphic organizer app Inspiration Maps supports visual learners when taking notes and learning vocabulary.
- Flashcard apps such as StudyBlue, Quizlet and Flashcards+ engage students in interactive games and study modes to support the learning of vocabulary and other essential concepts.
- Khan Academy, YouTube, BrainPop and Discovery Education allow students with weaknesses in visual and auditory processing to view materials in many different formats to support differentiated learning.
- Cross-curricular projects in Middle School that utilize iPads include fifth grade’s Colonizing Mars in Minecraft, sixth grade’s retelling of “The Hobbit” and seventh grade’s original stop-motion animation movies.
- Eighth graders collect marine ecology data with iPad sensors in marine science classes.
- Upper School Anatomy students use their iPad and the 123D Sculpt+ app to create 3D models of organs to be printed with the 3D printer in the Makerspace.
- Tenth grade readers of “Othello” develop a deeper understanding while making Shakespeare’s work appealing to a broader, modern audience through the art of filmmaking. Working in teams, student choose a portion of the script, split up parts, assign production roles, coordinate schedules, plan and storyboard together, and of course, perform together before the camera. Final products are uploaded to YouTube to be shared with others.
- P.E. coaches use the app Fitness Buddy to create personalized fitness programs in grades 7 and 8. Many Shorecrest student-athletes continue to use the app as they move to Upper School as a way to track their workouts.