Below is a list of reasons that a teacher who uses iPad (iPad is the singular or plural apparently!) in class.
1. Celebrate every day events with the school community.
With 1 click via the Weebly app, you can share what the children are doing with parents and the whole school community. Here are a few examples:
2. Showcase digital and 'traditional' work from across the curriculum
A blog is a perfect place to showcase work done across the curriculum. Again, it could be a simple photo of work (in effect a display board on the internet), like these examples:
However, for the iPad teacher, so much content will be produced on the iPads (video, audio, posters, text). Why keep it on the device? Why print everything out? Instead, create a digital portfolio for each child!
Here are some examples of work that can be uploaded directly via the Weebly iPad app:
With a tiny bit of work between the iPad and PC, children can embed audio or produce screencasts (For tips on using Audioboo, click here) which gives children a performing voice:
In short, iPads and a blog were made for each other!
3. Get children writing for a purpose and an audience
If you are using iPads in the classroom, you will know how engaging they are for pupils; a class blog is a natural outlet to allow pupils to consider themselves as writers. Try the 100 word challenge to get children writing regularly. It really gives them a sense of accomplishment to succeed in front of a global audience, as Leah did here!
4. Teach digital literacy skills
A class blog is the perfect place to develop digital literacy skills for children. From hyperlinking text, embedding HTML code, tagging work and considering the layout and design of a site, children are developing skills which will equip them for the future.
4. Flip the classroom /Break down barriers between the home and school
I have previously written about how a class blog allows you to show videos, share weblinks for games and generally prepare children for learning in the classroom. In addition, files, PDFs and pictures can be uploaded to a blog, reducing the need for photocopies or for digital work to be emailed. This allows the class blog to become the VLE for your class.
5. Encourage children from around the world to collaborate as global citizens
A big claim here, however, a class blog allows children to interact with children and adults that they would never normally meet. Consider here the response from an adult after 1 child left a positive comment for a child in another school! Obviously, this is not strictly limited to an iPad teacher's
classroom, but the Weebly iPad app gives children the opportunity to post work by themselves, thereby making creating digital content so much simpler and efficient.
As children use the internet to make connections with others, a class blog is the ideal way to encourage our children to see themselves as global citizens (For my post on using Oddizzi to make global connections click here).
As for other reasons, raising self-esteem, collaborating and generating excitement are a few which are applicable to class blogs, whether in an iPad supported environment or not!