I currently teach in a school that is in its 4th year of a 1 to 1 iPad initiative. However, we are currently waiting for the iPads to be deployed to all of the students. I think it is important during these few weeks that I model lessons that allow the kids to use my iPad and infuse 21st century skills into the lessons. Today I used the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment as a way of unpacking the scientific method. Then we went outside and filmed the experiment with the iPad. Also, to show my students that I don’t take myself too seriously I let them post the footage to my You Tube Channel.
When we returned to the classroom the students imported the experimental video footage into Explain Everything. Then they made a group screencast. Each student added a verbal or an audio annotation describing how the Diet Coke and Mentos demonstration helped them understand the scientific method. The choice to record and/or write in the screencast was based upon learner preference. Also, this activity reflects the Common Core emphasis on speaking, listening, and relates to the following science Common Core Standard
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Hip-hip hurray for iPads and 21st century skills.