12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom
- Adaptive (less rigid)
Learning pathways, embedded differentiation, and personalization, culturally and cognitively responsive tasks and work that honors constructivist thinking and doing over passivity and compliance
- Dynamic (less static)
Having constant access to constantly changing information and media requires a curriculum that is equally dynamic
- Digital (less physical)
Promoting blogging, collaborative project planning via apps and cloud-based suites, digital presentations through apps like Prezi, curating of complex digital portfolios, etc.
- Student-centered (less teacher or institutionally-centered)
Student as designer and producer, teacher as resource and assessment expert rather than knowledge holder and task-master
- Diverse (less uniform)
With access to a nearly infinite number of digital domains, instruction will have to adapt in parallel, including peer-to-peer, student-to-student, school-to-school learning; mastery-based learning via apps such as the Khan Academy
- Focused on persistent transfer (less focused on “tests”)
iPads cater to media consumption and production. Intentional instructional scope-and-sequencing will help promote transfer of standards mastery through both consumption (reading, viewing, observing) and production (designing, constructing, executing)
- Authentic (less academic)
Seamlessly transfers to physical and digital domains of learner, with useful artifacts, products, and applications in the “real world”
- Frequent & Formative (less intermittent and summative)
A climate of assessment that yields simple data digestible to all stakeholders–including the teacher
- Fluid and/or Project-Based (less obsessed with standards and “proficiency”)
“Fluid” assessment provides a constant stream from a wide variety of sources and forms. This is possible in Problem-based, Challenge-based, or Community-Based projects that reward innovation, risk-taking, self-awareness, and inductive thinking patterns
- School & District Initiatives (in isolation)
Literacy and Technology plans, extracurricular programs, college-readiness programs, etc.
- Relevant Communities (forced, awkward audiences–for the love of everything, please no more letters to the principals)
Digital, Physical, Local, Global
- Apple Ecology (disconnected from other Apple and related ecologies)
ITunesU, Macs, Apps, iOS, Apple-friendly apps, etc.
Terry Heick – Director at TeachThought – We all can learn better!