Friday, March 2, 2012

iPad Initiative - Writing Workshop Research

Last Thursday, Ms. Murphy's 5th grade class utilized their iPads to begin conducting research for their writing workshop that would focus on careers. Students participated in an open class discussion and generated a lengthy list of potential career choices to research. The students then used the iPad app Qwiki to help with their research. With Qwiki, students could search a topic and Qwiki would combine relevant images, videos, graphics and narration into one presentation that students could begin exploring. From there, students would then decide if this was the right career choice for them to write about. If not, they could move on to another option. I loved how easy it was for a student to begin researching another career without having to get up and grab a different book or other resource. Everything was at their fingertips!

From the images below, you can see that our next app may be a mind-mapping or brainstorming app! If you know of any good ones, please feel free to share. I've had some Twitter followers give me several recommendations. Thank you to @nanc765 and @MissDSciTeacher for your recommendations. Here is a blog post by Greg Swanson from his blog Apps In Education titled 10 Mind Mapping Tools 4 the iPad.

Ms. Murphy teaches an all girls 5th grade class at Lucas Crossing Elementary in the Normandy School District. 

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