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2011-2012 RJ Hawkey - 1:1 iPads for Sport LENS Program Findings

Description:

With the ever-changing world of sports, our students use iPads for inquiry-based learning within RJ Hawkey’s Sports LENS class. This grant was used in a one-to-one program where each student was able to use his or her own individual iPad. Furthermore, the grade four class was also able to share their findings with the two other Sports LENS classes in grade two and three. Throughout the year, students were learning the grade four curriculum through a multitude of different sporting events (ex: Euro 2012, Olympics, IIHF World Juniors, etc…), league points and standing (ex: NHL points pool), and human-interest stories (ex: Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow and Josh Hamilton). The iPads allowed the students the opportunity to read and research current stories through media sources such as TSN, Sportsnet, ESPN, CBC and other outlets.

 

Engagement:

Students are far more engaged when learning with technology. The world we live in today is far more up to date than ever and the access to information is incredible. Students are far more engaged when they are learning with current tools and current events. iPads provide the opportunity to keep students engaged and interested in what they are learning. Textbooks do not provide current, up-to-date information and our class is constantly analyzing stories that are happening around us. Students are more engaged in reading, writing, math, social and science activities as they are watching stories develop throughout our units. Students are then far more likely to stay engaged in peer and adult conversation about such topics and issues at the dinner table, local rink or soccer field. Additionally, this gives a great opportunity for most parents to stay engaged with their child’s education, as they are able to share a common interest in what they are learning at school.

Recommendations for others:

In our 21st century classroom, it has been found that students learn much better when they are able to use current events, which are happening right in front of their eyes at school and at home while watching the nightly highlights.  Applications from “The Daily 5” and “Reading Circles” are easily applied to what we are doing in our classroom. Students enjoyed reading about last night’s sports stories and how each event is special in its own way. Through mainstream media, students are taking what we have learned in school and going home and creating a deeper understanding of their favorite heroes and sports. This synergetic engagement of the child in reading and researching their passion is providing them with great tools for the future.

 

Recommendations for others:

In our 21st century classroom, it has been found that students learn much better when they are able to use current events, which are happening right in front of their eyes at school and at home while watching the nightly highlights.  Applications from “The Daily 5” and “Reading Circles” are easily applied to what we are doing in our classroom. Students enjoyed reading about last night’s sports stories and how each event is special in its own way. Through mainstream media, students are taking what we have learned in school and going home and creating a deeper understanding of their favorite heroes and sports. This synergetic engagement of the child in reading and researching their passion is providing them with great tools for the future.

Examples:

Here are two items, which the students had to research and create using their iPad. The first was researching a country from this year’s UEFA Euro 2012 Football Tournament. Students were learning about European settlers coming to Canada in Social Studies and we used the tournament to learn more about these European countries. The second is from our weekly sports journalism class where the students need to read three sources and then create their own article on a current sporting event.     

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Conversations:

-Throughout the year, students kept making comments about how much they enjoyed using their iPads for their hockey pool (in which they are adding and multiplying point totals) rather than regular math.

-Several parents have made comments on how much their child has enjoyed our responses on current sporting stories and sports journalism classes.

-Students are constantly coming up to me and talking about what sporting event they watched last night and how it ties into what we have learned earlier in the week. Currently students are very interest in which of their heroes is making the Canadian Olympic team and how their team is faring in Euro 2012.

 

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