documenting science experiments with iPads

Posted on: January 25th, 2014 by jnovakowski

The grades 2 and 3 teachers at McNeely have been investigating ways to integrate iPad technology into the science curriculum this year as part of a collaborative inquiry. This term the classes are beginning to investigate properties and states of matter connecting to a study of air, water and soil.

We have been introducing apps to the students that allow for them to share their learning and can be used across different curricular area. This week we introduced the app, Haiku Deck. This app is like a powerpoint slide show for the iPad and connected well to the class’ work with procedural writing.

The students worked with a partner and took photos with the iPads. For this lesson, we just demo-ed the experiment in Anna Nachbar’s and Leanne Neaves’ classes, with the students watching and taking photos.

The students had all sorts of predictions as to what would happen when the baking soda fell into the vinegar.
“The balloon is going to blow off.”
“It’s going to explode.”
“it’s going to melt.”

They were shown how to create a new Haiku Deck, how to add photos and how to add text to each slide.

Here are two Haiku Decks the students created, documenting the experiment and their observations:

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

One student used the app 30Hands to explain the steps of the experiment and her observations.

The students are building a repertoire of apps that they can use to represent and share their learning.


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