In my Math Support classes I have created a self-paced learning environment with 1:1 iPads. I have previously blogged about this and my iPads and Math lessons. I am experimenting with effective ways to use iPads with my regular Math 8 classes. I know the key to this is structure and clear expectations and my goal is to keep the Collaborative Team Structure.
Using one of my favorite apps Socrative, I have created "Team Tasks" using iPads that require the students to work collaboratively. The Socrative "Team Tasks" that I have created are self-paced lessons that the students complete as a "Team". These "Team Tasks" include the Team Roles that are already a part of my classroom structure.
For my Socrative "Team Tasks" there is a Task Manager that facilitates the "Team Task" and a Team Mathematician. Here is a copy of what the Task Manager reads to the Team when they start one of my Socrative "Team Tasks".
As you can see I give clear expectations and create a collaborative environment using the iPads. My students understand that the focus should not be on the iPads but on the collaborative discussion and learning.
Here is an example of my students working collaboratively on a Socrative "Team Task".
I have used iPads in various ways with my Math 8 classes. I have used one iPad per team and one iPad for each Team Member. I choose the method depending on the concept they are reviewing in that lesson.
Using One iPad for Each Team
I have done my Socrative "Team Tasks" with one iPad per Team in which the Team Mathematician is the one with the iPad. The iPad then rotates around the Team and each Team Member is Team Mathematician. This repeats throughout the period.
One strategy I have used with one iPad per team is one Team whiteboard and the Team Mathematician is also the Recorder/Reporter. This requires the Team to discuss and problem solve together.
And another strategy is all Team members have a whiteboard and the Team Mathematician guides the discussion and problem solving while all Team Members solve the problem on their whiteboard.
I have also done my Socrative "Team Tasks" where each Team member has an iPad. The focus is still on the collaboration and solving the problem as a Team.
The Teacher as a "Facilitator"
While my students are working I am walking around "facilitating" and checking for understanding and misconceptions. When I do my Socrative "Team Tasks", I use the Space Race option. My students love the competition aspect. I disable the feedback so they have to look to see if their Spaceship moves when they put in their answer to see if they got it correct. If their Spaceship doesn't move, they have to go back and figure out their mistake before they move on.
I hope you have enjoyed my blog about how I creatively use Socrative in my classroom. I have put all of my Socrative Codes on my Free Resources Page. :o)
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