Paula Johnson

Leading with iPads for Diverse Students – Podcast Episode 129 | Classnotes Podcast 129

Classnotes Podcast (October 1, 2013) There is a lot of attention on how students and teachers can use iPads and other tablets in and outside the classroom. But school administrators too can use these technologies in creating an equitable teaching and learning environment that maximizes student achievement. IDRA education associates, Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., continue our series of conversations on seven research-based strategies IDRA has developed for delivering instruction differently for secondary students. In this episode, Veronica and Paula focus on Strategy #4: Maximize use of technology in delivery of effective science and EL instruction and use Internet resources to supplement and enrich instruction of English learners.

This episode is the third in our three-part series on using iPads and other tablets in the educational arena. But, Veronica and Paula focus here on capitalizing on what can be done on any tablet without the need to download or purchase any apps. They describe how iPads can be used for online data collection for evaluative purposes and for capturing ongoing “snapshots” of classroom life for value-based professional development that includes student voice as a means of reciprocal learning. This is especially critical for traditionally marginalized student groups, such as English learners who already face the challenges of finding their social identity and learning a new language while discovering their academic identity as well.

Veronica and Paula are interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

Show length: 13:58

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The Learner-Centered Approach – Leading with the iPad and Other Tablets
by Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and  Paula Johnson, M.A., IDRA Newsletter

Science Classroom Strategies for English Learners – iPads and Other Tablets for Teachers
Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., IDRA Newsletter

Science Classroom Strategies for English Learners – Learning with the iPad and Other Tablets
Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., IDRA Newsletter

Science Instructional Strategies for English Learners ~ A Guide for Elementary and Secondary Grades
by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D., Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Kristin Grayson, M.Ed., IDRA

Science Smart!
IDRA’s professional development that provides teachers with scientifically-based strategies to teach initiative scientific concepts, critical-thinking skills, problem-solving abilities and processes.!_Secondary_Training/

“The Learning-Centered Principal,” 
By Richard DuFour, Beyond Instructional Leadership

Using Classroom Walkthroughs to Improve Instruction
By Nancy Protheroe, Principal

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Show Notes

  • Veronica explains why technology has become an important tool for school administrators.

  • Paula talks about the efficiency and usefulness of the iPad, from its portability and ease of learning to the variety of apps it features for users of all ages.

  • Veronica and Paula discuss how administrators can use the iPad for accessing and storing data, including lesson plans and homework assignments, as well as aiding their in-classroom teacher evaluations.

  • Veronica shares how administrators can use iPads to communicate and share immediate feedback with parents, such as through texting or holding a FaceTime virtual meeting.

  • Aurelio asks Paula how administrators can overcome the learning curve of adapting to new technologies.

  • Veronica and Paula emphasize that ultimately, technology in the classroom should serve as a means to student achievement and advancement.