iPads in the History Classroom – A Teacher Reflection – Connect Charter School

iPads in the History Classroom – A Teacher Reflection

-by Jody Pereverzoff, Grade 7 Humanities

This reflection is based on the Pre-Confederation Canadian History Unit, Determining Historical Significance (reference Determining Historical Significance and Determining Historical Significance Part II)

This unit required students to work individually, as well as collaboratively, to demonstrate their understanding. The discussions were thoughtful, and rating the events using the historical significance criteria was not an easy task without really discovering why each event occurred, and how each event was connected to another event in time.
I had students record their discussions using their iPads, as I could not be with each group for the entire time, and found that when I was gone, they continued to have rich conversations about each event and the impacts they have had on present day Canada.

They took on their role of experts seriously. They planned lessons that engaged the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners by providing simulations, reader’s theatre, videos, keynotes, songs, and more. One struggle I had was assessing each individual student based on the collaboratively created final product. After completing group and self reflections/evaluations, it was easier to see who had made greater contributions to the assignment and who had developed a deep understanding of their event and its impact on the world we live in today.

Ipad vs. Laptop

As the year goes by in a 1:1 iPad classroom, my students and I continue to learn (using trial and error) how to use this new technology in a meaningful way. I will continue to blog about how we use iPads in the classroom as a tool for creation, rather than consumption. Please post any ideas you have about ways that we can continue to make this happen in our grade 7 Humanities class.

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