Despite the digital age we live in, our schools can often be under equipped in relation to ICT. Often a school may only have a few iPads. This lack of adequate technology poses a problem for teachers; how do we teach effectively with minimal technology at hand?
Station teaching is an excellent solution for this problem. In a station teaching environment a class is divided in groups (4-6 pupils) and each group is given a task. The pupils spend a set amount of time (10-15 min) at each station and then they rotate to the next task. This means that a class of 24 can use two iPads effectively on a daily basis.
While pupils are working at the iPad station they may work in pairs, engaging in the set task (content or creative app). When pupils are sharing an iPad (one iPad for every two pupils) pupils are engaged in dialogue and often construct more knowledge than they would in a 1:1 (ipad:pupil) environment. Another benefit of using iPads in a station teaching environment is that new iPad app/tasks can be introduced more easily (increased teacher support) in a small group. The intimate nature of the station teaching environment particularly benefits younger pupils (4-7).
Lesson ideas for station teaching
Station teaching can be done for any subject. In younger classes station teaching is an excellent environment when teaching maths & English. Once pupils are familiar with the iPad station and the app(s) they are using pupils can work in pairs independent of the teacher. iPad stations work well for project work in older classes (researching, presenting research etc.)
So why not give station teaching a go in your classroom!