Some people have asked me “how do I integrate the iPad into my English classes?” I respond by providing some iPad related tasks that link and work well with the text types taught in Australian primary schools.
Text types linked with iPad related tasks include:
Explanation: Using reference apps to discover and uncover the mysteries of the world for example the How Stuff Works app (used in conjunction with hands on, investigative research in class). Creating podcasts on Garageband/ QuickVoice or instructional/explanatory videos using Screenchomp/ShowMe is a great way to share a explanation.
Discussion: Radio interviews are a great way to create a discussion. First writing following the text type structure then recording the discussion using 2 guests, 1 host on Garageband.
Information report: Firstly, using the iPad’s many reference apps (brainpop, wikipedia, natgeowalk) or connecting apps (skype, twitter, facebook) or browsing the internet for research followed by content creation using Apple apps (Pages, Keynote, etc).
Exposition: Looking at adverts on SMH/The Age app and analysing effective ads – designing and creating persuasive texts using ShowMe (instructional videos), iMovie (for filming and editing TV ads) or Skitch/Viz for stills. Written persuasive texts can also be done on Pages.
Recount: Mindmap a sequence of events using the Popplet app followed by content creation on Pages, Keynote or any other creating app.