|The project's paper version|
To transition this project from paper to iPad, we had to find apps that allowed us to teach the project's different components. Even though we're moving to iPads, we're still teaching students how to:
- Create a Works Cited document
- Research using a wide variety of materials from books to databases (my teacher-partner is a fan of the index card method of research)
- Take notes
- Develop an outline
Our motivation for using the iPad for research isn't the novelty factor (though we'll totally curious to find out if this is even possible). We're hoping that the iPad can streamline and actually IMPROVE the project.
Here's what our students are going to be doing, and the apps they'll use to accomplish this (scroll to the bottom of a complete list of apps and links to check them out in the iTunes store).
Step 1: Students introduced to crafting MLA citations. We could use a citation generator, but my English teacher partner prefers they learn how to do it from scratch.
Step 2: Students select a teen issues topic. Students then find 3 different resources (hopefully a book, web site, and database) about their issue.
- BOOK resource - Students will use our photocopier to scan and email PDFs of relevant book pages to a classroom e-mail address. Students will then use the app ReaddleDocs to access and save the PDF attachments to their ReaddleDocs folder.
- WEB SITE and DATABASE resource - Students will use the web browser feature of ReaddleDocs to locate relevant Internet sources, and then download and save the information as a PDF file.
Step 4: Students will use the app ReaddleDocs to highlight and annotate the PDF files they have saved in their ReaddleDocs folder. The highlighting and annotations will be saved on to the PDF. Students will then use ReaddleDocs to share their annoated PDFs with their teacher via DropBox for grading.
Step 5: Students will then use their annotated/highlighted PDF reserach files, stored in their ReaddleDocs folders, to generate note cards. They'll use the app Index Card, which they also used for their source cards, to take these notes. Once students have completed their index card notes, they'll use DropBox to share them with the teacher for grading.
Step 6: Next, students will use their index card notes, created in Index Card, to generate an outline. We're still on the fence about which app to use for outlining (we'd really like one that incorporates traditional roman numeral numbering), but we're probably either go with Outliner or Pages. Students will share their completed outlines with the teacher via DropBox.
One of my challenges is making sure their finished books are accessible to the students as the pamphlets have been in the past. If I can squeeze enough money out of my budget, I'll buy a few more iPads that we can dedicate to the library for study hall students.
Below are the apps we're going to be using for the project:
Our App Allies
|Book Creator $6.99|
|Demibooks Composer FREE|
|Index Card $4.99|