Apps Are Where It's At!
By: Brandon Brown
During the AMLE conference in Louisville, Kentucky, I attended a session called "Apps Are Where It's At." It was such a hot topic for educators to learn about, it quickly became standing room only as many participants were turned away. Throughout the session, Susanne Long and Brent Anderson explained that using 21st century technology, teachers are provided with an easy way to assess and use instructional time wisely. As the audience crammed into the stuffy, petite room, the presenters educated us on the importance of using modern-day equipment to teach students. For example, Ms. Long and Mr. Anderson talked to us about the iPad 2 and ways to incorporate it into instructing students. For instance, the Frog Dissection app for the iPad 2 enables you to easily go through step by step and technologically dissect a frog. With the Pro Prompter app, students are able to write their script and read from the iPad to help present their speech or project. Brent said this app helps students realize the importance of the production process of speeches and projects by allowing the students writing the content themselves. There are countless other apps teachers can use to create an up-to-date environment for the students to thrive using modern technology. Using these apps to the teacher's advantage, students can thoroughly learn many concepts from Shakespeare to astronomy. Take the lead by accelerating students' minds and incorporating the latest technology inside and outside the classroom.