iBooks at Work

As the year progresses, our Middle School Tech Coordinator keeps track of innovative iBook uses as they appear in the classrooms. These types of use go beyond the typical “productivity” uses that have been common for several years (writing, email, SharePoint sites and web research, for example). Here’s a quick list of what he’s recorded this year:
Student Use of iChat
• Students are using the Notebook Layout view and voice recording in Microsoft Word to check oral proficiency in Spanish. Students send the teacher samples of their pronunciation of exercises sent to them by the teacher.

• 8th grade Humanities – listening to and reading online interviews from The Urban School in San Francisco and other sites.

• Listening to and commenting on Audio Podcasts from NPR and other news sources.

• Scanning and making available electronic copies of old newspaper articles and other old print resources, saving paper and printing costs.

• Making more PowerPoint files available online for students and parents to look at and use.

• Student creation of advanced PowerPoint files, complete with appropriate music, to present information to the rest of the class.

• Beginning the use of electronic grade status reports by sending PDF files to students.

• Use of iChat to partner students for research and study.

• Use of iChat by students to deliver files to teachers and distribute files to students.

• Use of iChat to develop portions of a team’s debate during class without letting the other side of the debate know their strategy.

One more that we didn’t list: A teacher came across three girls in the hallway, talking in French to an iBook. It was connected via voice iChat to one of the girl’s pen pals, in Paris.

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