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Keywords: Science, Anatomy, Technology, NearPod
Subject(s): Science
Grades 11 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
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School: Lima Senior High School, Lima, OH
Planned By: Shelby Heilman
Original Author: Shelby Heilman, Lima
The students would need to get an iPad and use the code I give them to join the live-session lesson I created using NearPod, a program that allows the addition of various activities into a traditional slide show presentation. The first thing the students see on their individual iPad screens after entering the code is a 3-D model of the muscles of the human body. Students can manipulate the image and zoom in or rotate it to view the model from various angles. The slide show is controlled by me, so students cannot advance the presentation on their own. Once every student has joined the session, we would begin the lesson on the new content of Muscle Tissue for this high school Anatomy class. In the traditional slide slow presentation, NearPod allows you to add activities for the students to complete so the teacher can do quick formative assessments along the way to see how well students are engaged and what they are retaining. There are simple matching activities, polls, collaboration boards where students respond to a prompt, and a quick multiple choice quiz at the end of this particular presentation. When the class has completed the presentation, I will have several sets of data from the various formative assessments built into the presentation. From there, I would have the students go to a Google Form and complete a short survey about the activity we just completed. Using an add-on called AutoMastery, the students will be sent an email with a link to another activity based on their answers to the Forms survey. These activities are chosen by the teacher and can be at different ability levels to meet students where they are and bring them up or to extend the topic for students who have already mastered the introductory content. Students would complete those activities with their remaining class time.
My room currently has a set of very outdated iPads that only run on iOS 7. iOS 12.1 was just released this week. It is difficult to download new applications to my current iPads because of how old they are. Most apps will not work.
The follow up activities describe after the students completed the survey in Google Forms would be other technological practice or extension activities.
Materials: Mobile Labs, High, Assessment, Integrating Technology
Other Items: 24 iPads, $329 each, total of $7896.00