Glacier Peak High School is once again pairing up with the Seattle Aquarium. The Aquarium is continuing to monitor the shoreline at Lighthouse Beach Park in Mukilteo. Jean’s success with the iPads last year beckons a second go around this year.
I met Jean’s class and representatives from the Seattle Aquarium at 8:30 in the morning. Each student group then got an iPad, they used their iPads to take pictures and notes of the coastline and organisms they are studying. Groups took 50 to 150 pictures as well as notes that I uploaded to dropbox. In order to complete, the students then collected their notes and photos.
The iPads work well in this situation because they’re able to both take pictures and notes with one wireless device. The notes are contained next to the photos and easily transferable once the iPads are connected back to the internet.
The downside to using these outside of the classroom is there is a larger chance for loss and destruction. Fortunately, we only lost an iPad magnetic cover, so only a minor loss. All in all, this was a good experience. The students and learning benefited great amounts. As long as that continues, we’ll be back next year!