1. I think that by tying the technology to the objective, the students are more likely to remember the content. The technology can become the trigger for the information such as a reference to "do you recall when we used _________ to explain/discuss/learn/manipulate ____________?"
2. Students should be held accountable because it will help maintain the technology and it will last longer. If the students are held accountable for the condition of the devices, they will be less likely to damage the devices or deface them in any way. Also, it will indicate to the students that the technology is not just for fun, but also for learning and should be taken seriously.
3. www.nationalgeographic.com, and www.worldatlas.com
Both of these sites can be used to access maps. In addition, National Geographic provide informational videos and interactive games/puzzles, much like Discovery Education. The maps can be used at a station for exploration of various countries by the students and for information on specific countries, depending on the unit. The videos and games can be used at a station to help review students and also give them a fun, interactive way to learn about the different countries and cultures. Students could be held accountable for their time at the stations by demonstrating completion of the game/puzzle, a quiz, written work product on the assigned country, etc.
4. Dropbox and Screens
The Dropbox app allows the students to access their Dropbox account. They can post assignments and check postings by me. Students could use this in a station to turn in assessment and also to manipulate a discussion question. Screens allows for remote desktop access which means that the students could interact with the ActivBoard.
5. The iPad can function as a screen for video viewing, a Dropbox platform for file sharing, a tablet for map creation, etc. There are many many ways to use the iPad.