Every Student Learned Using iPhones and Evernote.com
On January 5, 2012, Andy Brown and Julie Mayer taught a 6th grade interactive lesson on volume using manipulatives, an iPhone, and a web based service called Evernote (www.evernote.com). Mr. Brown built a box out of cubes while asking students reflective questions to get them to understand the concept of volume. After the the box was built, a picture was taken using an iPhone and uploaded to an Evernote notebook.
Students were very engaged in this lesson because the picture they saw Mr. Brown take was instantly shown on the SmartBoard in their classroom. Individual students were then assigned dimensions and built boxes of their own out of cubes (see photos below). The iPhone was used again to take photos of their individual boxes and post them to the Evernote notebook. Then, the class had a discussion about the concept of volume and had to calculate how many cubes made the box. Every student was able to discover how to find the volume of a rectangular prism. They are now ready to dig deeper and learn how to show more sophisticated work in the coming days.
Great work students and teachers!