The Colonial Heights school in Kingsport, Tennessee has integrated technology throughout their campus using Wi-Fi devices in accordance to their Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program. Instead of banishing all smartphone and tablet use at school, students and teachers are building a system of respectable use that embraces the benefits of a tech-savvy environment. Wi-Fi devices are being welcomed to school for a round-house integration, all in the name of education.
Sessions are being held where in some cases, the students are handing out lesson plans to the teachers. Not only is this expanding the world wide web usage for teachers that maybe haven’t had as much exposure, but it’s giving students first-hand experience in communication and instructional demonstration. Look around the web, technology communication skills is in demand.
So what’s hot in educational technology? iPads, iPods, and iPhones. No, this is not a plug for Apple (it’s a plug for Worthington Direct) but the truth is that Apple offers excellent educational discounts and keeping devices updated and synced is a breeze. While more and more students have their own iPhones or iTouches many don’t have the allowance budget to swing their personal iPad.
Expensive tablets like these are usually school property where classes can use the iPads and then move them 30 at a time from classroom to classroom on a laptop storage cart. Having a central cart allows the iPads to be controlled by single MacBook that syncs and charges them. Here comes that intended plug… visit Worthington Direct today for educational discounts on all kinds of laptop storage cabinets for your school’s next BYOT bash.
Below’s a great lesson idea from the original article found here.
The students from Joe Smith’s physics class a few days before had gone to Rock Springs Elementary School and swung on the swing sets, videoing one another with the iPads. That Friday in class, they were using those videos and a virtual overlay to make a graph of their swings. Smith said the exercise looked at things such as the potential energy added when they swayed their bodies to go higher and stay in motion longer, as well as potential energy lost when they stayed still in the seat and let gravity have its way.
The graphs were not approximations or averages but actually based on the iPad videos in slow motion. So they were not smooth but had some bumps and variations showing real human movement.