Quite regularly, I get emails and other contacts about the lack of professional learning opportunities with the successful use of technology in the classroom. So often, it goes like this – “they gave me all these iPads and told me to integrate”.
That’s a pretty tall order given everything else that goes into making a school day successful for a teacher.
So, into the mix, you might consider downloading and installing Paul Hamilton’s Edtech Teacher Tutorials. There is somewhat an irony that they are delivered via the device that you’re trying to learn about and that you need to have a bit of skill (and the access) to install the application but what’s one more mountain to climb?
Anyway, download the application and open it.
You can browse the tutorials by selecting the grade levels across the bottom of the screen.
I’m always a sucker for any menu option that allows you the option of “More…”
More provides access to the videos by topic.
I was immediately hooked by the option to see the videos devoted to “Code Apps”.
There are many people trying to effectively use coding in the classroom. These videos may just be the inspiration needed to get started.
So, if you’re in the position of having to learn by yourself, or you want to learn more, download and take a look at this application. It might be just the answer you want.
Once you’ve mastered the tutorials, you might want to step back and think about the long term. Constructing videos is an interesting way to record lessons and let students play and replay them as needed for their learning in class and at home. Do they figure in your future plans? How about organizing them into a central application like this or even just a page on your wiki with the same sort of implementation.
It would be an interesting “next steps”.