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Hello educators. With more and more digital resources being used in the classroom, keeping lesson plans that include all of these different digital elements can be a challenge. Well, a new iPad application called School for One makes planning lessons using digital elements, as well as storing those lessons, easy. Let's go ahead and take a look at how the application works. Here on my iPad I've logged into School for One. Creating an account is fairly simple. You choose either the role of a student or an educator, and then you just create a log-in account and log in. Here on the Home page you'll notice it's a very simple set up.
On the left-hand side I have a column for the classes, and we'll create one in just a second. And then at the bottom of the screen, I have four main navigation areas, my Classes, my recordings, a resource browser, as well as school-based resources. To get started, I'm simply going to hit the Plus button in the upper left hand corner to create our first class. I'm going to call this class, Sixth Grade Math. I'll click Create. And I now basically have created a title. You'll notice that the navigation at the top of the screen has changed slightly. I now have a box with a pencil on it where I can create new lessons.
On the right-hand side of the screen, I also have some additional navigation which is going to allow me to take a look at how students are performing in these lessons I'm about to create. To create a lesson, I'm simply going to click on the Create A Lesson icon. Here, if I have any draft lessons or imported lessons, which we'll take a look at in just a second, I would be able to select those. Because I don't have any imported lessons currently, I'm simply going to click on New Lesson. At this point, I could give my lesson a title and then clicking the Plus button on the right side of the screen, I'd have the ability to attach files, create new assignments, or even reference web addresses directly inside of this lesson plan.
Once I put this lesson together, it'll act as a digital collection of all the resources needed for this particular lesson plan. I'm going to go ahead and exit out of this by clicking away from the menu, and then clicking Cancel. Now one thing that's really powerful about School for One is your ability to import precreated lessons and lesson resources. I'm going to click on the Resource tab at the bottom of the screen. Now currently, the only curricula available is for New York State, and just for math grades three through six. From what I hear there will be different state as well as subject area curriculum loaded into the application as it goes through its progression.
The way these lessons are organized are almost by classes and then lessons for those classes. For example, if I click on math, grade six, here I can see on the right-hand side of the screen all of the lessons that are available for this particular class. Clicking on a lesson will allow me to see what exactly is included as well as the objective of this lesson. Now, if you are a math teacher but you're not in New York State, that's okay, you can still use these resources. These resources are based on the Common Core state standards and they integrate teaching best practices from around the nation. Even though you may not be teaching M4 lesson two in your exact class, you may be able to look at the objective of the relationship of multiplication and division and that might be something that your students need to learn for your particular school's curriculum.
You can then access the various elements inside of this lesson. You can choose to download them by clicking on the Cloud icon, and now you have access to this particular resource that you can use with your students. In addition to finding individual resources, you can also download an entire set of curriculum straight to your classes. I clicked back on math, grade six and you'll notice a Download icon in the upper right-hand corner. When I click on this icon it's going to import this particular class, all of its lessons and all of its resources. Now that it's done importing, let's go ahead and click back on Classes in the main navigation.
Here, under math grade six, when I tap on the Create a New Lesson icon, I now have a variety of lessons available to me. Clicking on a lesson allows me to go in, and here I can edit the lesson, change the lesson, add additional resources, and when I'm ready to send it to my own students, all I have to do is simply click Publish. In the next video, we'll dive in a little bit further about how we can create video recordings for the flip classroom directly inside of School for One.
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