Session 205: iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013
  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Erin Igo
  • We will tell our stories of how we've been using iPads and video in middle school math classrooms focusing on developing students' accountable talk and deepening students' mathematical practices. We will explore ways teacher leaders can assist teachers in creating an environment where student learning is sustained, validated, and challenged.


  • Introductions
  • A Little Background
  • Phase 1: Initial Experiences
    •       stations
    •       educreations
    •       skilled-based games
  • How can iPads be used on a continual basis to improve learning?
  • Phase 2: Procedures
    •       establishing routines
    •       exit ticket
    •       using iPads during class
    •       Socrative
  • The iPads aren’t being used as a tool. The students respond BUT it’s just to do and be done.
  • Phase 3: Communication
    •       sustained use piece
    •       communicating through
                  teacher - student
                  student - student
  • How can concerns be addressed that students aren’t talking with each other?
  • Phase 4: iPad Becomes a Tool
    •       distributed handout
    •       decisions
    •       make a plan
    •       reflect and revise
    •       practice for performance
    •       performance & peer feedback
  • Changing to view of iPad use not as daily use but as a tool for a unit.
  • There will always be this spectrum of a learning process not only for the students but for the teachers as well.


  • Student Handout Examples
  •       [MS Word] [PDF]
  • Self Reflection Rubric
  •       [MS Word] [PDF]
  • Additional Resources
  •       Understanding the Problem: Notice/Wonder [PDF]
  •       Problem Solving-It Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering [PDF]
  •       Blog: Suzanne at the Math Forum [HTML]
  •       Suzanne Alejandre: Unsilence Students' Voices [Ignite! Talk]
  •       Unsilence Students' Voices [PDF]
  •       Annie Fetter: Ever Wonder What They'd Notice? [Ignite! Talk]
  •       Max Ray: Why 2 > 4: A Proof by Induction [Ignite! Talk]
  • Software
  •       Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app [HTML]
  •       educreations FAQ [HTML]
  •       Student Clicker - Socrative app [HTML]
  •       YouTube: Socrative App - Students Taking Space Race Quiz (Matt Hurst) [HTML]
  • Tour [HTML]


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