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Four innovative Texas educators received five iPads each as part of the TCEA/Association of Texas Professional Educators' “Let’s Get Mobile” grant. Recipients included:
Victor Cantu, a fifth-grade teacher at Trevino Elementary in Edinburg ISD, is using the iPads to assist his students in a project that teaches the students to identify birds and then share the data they collect throughout the year. He is using different apps that will help document the sighting, and then uses Keynote to create presentations to share their knowledge.
Pamela Simmons-Brooks, an eighth grade teacher at Sloan Creek Middle School in Lovejoy ISD, is using the iPads to do virtual dissections, build and test roller coasters, and even build a tree house.
Terra Farmer, a high school teacher at Alpine High School in Alpine ISD, is using the iPads in Anatomy and Physiology classes to build resources that will help her students in AP Biology and Anatomy.
Pamela Kerl, a kindergarten teacher at Donald Elementary School in Lewisville ISD, is using the iPads to access apps that provide engagement and learning opportunities for her students. She uses Educreations, Buzzle, ABA-Which Go Together, and Sticker Sudoku to increase the logical reasoning of her students.
Now that these remarkable teachers have had time to integrate the devices into their classrooms, we wanted to know what lessons they have learned and what tips they may have for other educators using iPads in the classroom. Here's their helpful advice for other teachers:
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