iPads transform teaching plans into something more interactive
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CHARLOTTE--You may not think you would find iPads in a world history class, but students at Cochrane Collegiate Academy are using them almost every day.
"Instead of doing a lesson that is notes based and lecture based, you have to do a lesson that's activity based and get them to do hands on things. That's the beauty of technology and the thing that pencil and paper can't give our kids,” said teacher Kristin Glaeser.
Glaeser is finding new ways to incorporate technology in to her classroom and she said it's working.
The students are not only having fun, but are now able to move along at their own pace.
"It's pretty amazing because we get to use different types of technology. We don't really use textbooks as much," said Lorin Stephens.
The iPads make for less lecturing, which according to Glaeser, is key.
"I actually took the same notes and I made last night a video presentation using the app 'Show Me.' It's an interactive white board and I added pictures and text, covered with VO and I added in my own narration. Instead of taking 45 minutes to teach a lesson, it takes 10.” said Glaeser.
This leaves ample time for students to pause, rewind, ask questions, etc.
For some students, the idea of it all, helps them get out of bed in the morning.
"It makes me want to get up every morning instead of laying in bed because I know that I get to use an iPad," said ninth grader Charlee Nichols.
"It's better on the iPad because it's creative, it doesn't get you bored, it keeps you in to the lesson," said ninth grader David Salazar.
That's something Glaeser said is proving to be a success day after day.