iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

Inspiring Deeper Thinking

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 7.46.21 amPlacing mobile devices in the hands of our students gives them access to amazing resources – videos, paintings, sculptures, cartoons, podcasts not to mention the information available on thousands of websites. They can access this wealth of information using a range of safe, students friendly search engines or we can send them safely and quickly to the site we have planned using QR Codes.

As powerful for learning as this is for our students, sometimes  I fear that students  look without seeing and listen without hearing. We want our students to go deeper, to reflect and make connections. By combining Thinking Routines with the resources of the web we can encourage our students to go deeper. To think, reflect and make meaningful connections – then as Dr Seuss said “oh the places you’ll go”!

Imagine if students watch a Youtube clip with a clear intention of using the thinking routine “Connect – Extend  – Challenge” or studied an original historic photo or magnificent painting and asked themselves what the could “See – Think – Wonder”. Or used the “Zoom In” routine to consider the 1903 painting of the “Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia” by Tom Roberts.Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 10.35.40 am


We can also use our iPads to enable students to quickly and creatively record and share their reflections and connections. They might use:

  • Haiku Deck to create 3 slides with relevant images that explain their thoughts when they used the “Claim – Support – Question” routine.
  • Apps like Tellagami, Morpho, ChatterKids or DMD Topic would be great to encourage students to step into the skin of someone else and could be linked with The “Step Inside” routine.
  • Comic apps such as Pow Strip Designer, Comic Maker, Toon or Comic Touch would be powerful and engaging ways to represent students thinking using the “Circle of Viewpoints” routine.
  • Mematic lends itself beautifully to the “Headlines” routine.

I truly believe that our students can gain so much more from the rich and varied resources on the web if we encourage then to  think deeply, reflect and make connections. Combining iPads and thinking routines – well the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations.

For more information on Thinking Routines try the Thinking Routines page in the “Teacher Info” tab on this blog or go direct to the Visible Thinking Website from Project Zero at Harvard.







Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: