50+ Ways a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective Teacher

Want some practical ways to use tablets in the classroom? I'm a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school and was asked by Microsoft to share practical ways that any teacher can use tablets. In this presentation you'll learn:

  • More than fifty (50) ways that you can use a tablet in your classroom (most of these apps are multi platform)
  • You'll see a sneak peak of the fabulous new Office Mix tool that will change screencasting forever
  • You'll get a preview of some of the information from my upcoming book Reinventing Writing. (Released June 3, 2014)

It was an incredible session with more than 1,500 registrants. We had attendees from around the world: the US, Canada, Ecuador, Vietnam, Egypt, Australia, and more… There was awesome energy in the group.

Upcoming free sessions are with Jonathan Bergman and more. The sessions are free. (If you want a certificate of attendance, you can sign up and watch the 10 video series and receive one.)

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Miranda P May 22, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Hello Ms. Davis.

We are using your textbook in my Issues and Trends in Educational Technology course for my Educational Technology minor. This minor will accompany my B.S degree in Elementary Education. We have only begun reading the textbook, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the information thus far.

As a future educator, I am a huge supporter of tablets in the classroom. Prior to watching this video, I had absolute no reservations regarding their use. While tablets can be used in counterproductive ways, I have personally watched them turn students that considered themselves “non-readers” into readers, non-verbal students into collaborators, and low self-esteem students into rock stars. There are so many wonderful resources and opportunities tablets bring to education!

Before viewing this video I had never heard of Kahoot. I decided to try it out. What a wonderful tool! I am excited to share it with others that may not know about it. You also mentioned Mindmap. This tool was introduced to me through my Emerging Technologies course I am also taking for my minor. We used it to share information we gathered with a partner on the topic of inquiry-based learning. Since being introduced to Mindmap, I have used it to prewrite a paper for another course. I had the opportunity of sharing Mindmap with a high school teacher that once was my middle school instructor. She was teaching sixth grade English at the time. I mentioned something concerning my Educational Technology minor on Facebook, and she messaged me right away. I was able to share with her what I learned about Mindmap. In no time her students were using it for their writing as well! What a wonderful thing, huh? That teacher was recently offered a job as head Technology Leader for her entire school.

I just wanted to make a few remarks regarding your video and share a few personal things with you. I know it is wonderful to hear the changes that are being made in education, no matter how small.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

Miranda P

coolcatteacher June 1, 2014 - 10:21 am

Thanks Miranda! What great stories!! Thank you for sharing!Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

Maha Arafat May 29, 2014 - 10:19 pm

While I was fulfilling my field experience days, I noticed many schools seem to be incorporating a small number of iPads or tablets in each classroom or grade level to be shared. The use of a small number allows the teacher to meet with a small group at a time and direct them to apps, digital books or other materials to use in this setting. They did one iPad in a group of five will allow group response to class discussions. The teacher made sure the students didn’t sit there all day with use for only one application or activity. Students can rotate their use throughout the day in an exercise deemed appropriate for all. They can be used as a center while teachers are involved in guided reading or Math lessons with a small group.

Katie S June 1, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Thank you for all the ideas on this video. I just recently tried Kahoot, and I agree with you that students who are normally not engaged find it fun and give it full their attention. They see it as a game, but it is a very easy way for teachers to access students. Classtools.net also sounds like a great resource that students will love. I plan on checking it out. Like your said, it would be a great way to have students create an author page for my English class.

coolcatteacher June 1, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Thanks Katie!! Out students agree on kahoot for sure!!Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

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