I had the wonderful opportunity of going go to Dallas last March to attend the TESOL 2013 Convention. It was great, not only participating in workshops, plenaries, and a variety of presentations, but also meeting other English teachers and exchanging ideas and experiences with them.
Before choosing the presentations I wanted to attend, I focused on the ones which involved technology in the classroom or the ones related to practical activities for EFL classes. After attending so many presentations related to these topics, I came across the theme: The one iPad classroom. The concrete ideas I was introduced to made me feel enthusiastic to use more technology in class. In this post, I would like to share some of those ideas related to the use of only one iPad in an English class.
Although we are in the 21st century and technology is all around, teachers still face difficulties in having computers available for each student in all the classes of the course. Having iPads in the classroom is a trend, but not the reality we have today. Only few schools offer iPads to the students’ use in class, and even then, teachers have to share those iPads with their co-workers.
What I would like to show here is that, if a teacher has his/her own iPad, she/he can make use of it in class and benefit students with technology. Or, if the school provides one iPad for teacher use only, it is still possible to make a profitable use in class.
Here is a list of apps that can be used in class and my suggestions for their uses.
PingPong ScoreBoard Lite (Lin Huangchun)
This app is wonderful to score points when using a game in class. The teacher does not need to stand and score the points on the board anymore. The teacher may use the projector for the game, and the iPad for the score.
Stick pick (Buzz Garwood)
This app helps the teacher to call on students in a fun way.
Timer (Francis Bonnin)
This app is very useful to establish time for the activities. Students can keep track of the time they have to do the activities.
Bola de Cristal HD Free (CATEATER, LLC)
It is useful if you are working the second Conditions. Students formulate questions, the teacher shakes the iPad and the students see the answers in the projector. They usually have a lot of fun.
Word Game: Taboo – Free (Yasarcan Kasal)
Students sit in pairs, facing one another. One student sits back to the boards. The teacher projects the word on the board and the other students has to describe the word avoiding the taboo words.
Tap Roulette (Laan Labs)
Students have a lot of fun. It is useful to decide which student answers the question, or in many other situations. Up to 5 students tap the iPad using one finger and the program chooses only one person.
Doodle Buddy for iPad – Paind, Draw, … (Pinger, Inc.)
The teacher can call on one student at a time, offer an iPad pen, and ask the student to draw something related to what is being studied so that the other students have to guess. The image is projected on the whiteboard. Alternating students, they have a lot of fun.
Dice! (Russel Gray)
Games are part of our classes. Teachers can vary the way of scoring them by giving dice (in the iPad) so that students have to roll it and get the points. They have a lot of fun!
there are many free books for young children which you can project on the board and read to your students or even play the audio.
Having one iPad available in class when working with literature books reading, facilitates students access to the meaning of the words. The iPad can be connected to the projector so that the other students of the groups have access of the definition of the words.
Dare, innovate, ask experts, read for extra information, but put in practice everything you know and see what can happen if you have the will to go beyond.
After pointing out these suggestions, I would like to add that I strongly believe teachers must never give up going the extra mile and looking for challenges to enhance their careers. I would like to thank Casa Thomas Jefferson for giving me so many opportunities to improve my teaching skills and make myself a better teacher.