I'm excited about the iPads and their options in the classroom. My principal and I had a discussion about iPads yesterday. My principal said he was considering purchasing a classroom set to help students in the math classrooms. I get to be the "guest expert" supporting this usage. (I, however, am not sure how long it till take until such a purchase is made .)
I'm hoping my fellow Intel Engage Educators can suggest apps that can benefit math students at the middle school level.
I was lucky enough to be able to put a classroom set of iPads in a second grade classroom this year. Although they were the first generation, I have never seen kids so excited. I am working with the teacher this year so will report back the findings I have.
I will tell you one precious little second grader came running up to me at recess and told me her grade in math went from a C to an A "all because of the iPads".
Our goal for this school year is to use the ipads for a project based lesson. The teacher is a 2nd year teacher and she is still learning a lot, but she is ready to try anything. We are at the stage now where we are moving away from the "apps" for review. We will now move into actually using the iPads to create a project. I would love to hear any ideas on what others may have to add. Our overall focus on this project is going to be "Citizenship". We are also going to partner up with a high school class for some collaboration, so it should be exciting.
I was just sent this info on an app for the ipad for autistic students and other students with disabilities that is a Video Scheduler. It is free for the next two days. Make sure you search for it in itunes to get it for free. I haven't used it yet, but it allows you to put in video or still pictures in the schedule.
Jo Ann- this was such perfect timing today as we are teaching a two day ipad training focused on special education and Video Scheduler app looks amazing!
Here is our resource list of all special education apps to provide a share back to you too!
Our main suport iPad site: http://danking.net/iPad/ipad.html
Special Education section continued: http://danking.net/iPad/spedapp.html
Hope all is well!
I just posted Get it while it's FREE! - detailing an app that lets you use Microsoft Office with an iPad and Dropbox. This fantastic combination of tools might be the best option on how and why some reluctant teachers and administrators might look more closely at the iPad.
Jill, I would love to hear more about how your second graders are using the iPads in the classroom. Our second graders are using their iPads to practice basic skills , buth they are also sharing what they have learned in Keynote presentations and Pages documents. One of their favorite things to do is annotate text and answer questions in Notability. They also record themselves reading the text to monitor their fluency. The possibilities for students is almost endless when they have a device like the iPad in their hands!
Here are some great resources to assist your efforts with a 1:1 iPad rollout and documentation of policy and procedures. I just compiled these resources for our WI Tech Leadership meeting for this Friday, so I thought I would share with all of all :-) I you have documented your iPad rollout please share your strategies with with us please!
Thanks for all the links and resources everyone's posted... It can be tough to find truly authentic and meaningful ways to integrate items like iPads into classrooms successfully. I know I have defaulted to great app's that promote tons of practice for many areas, and it's something I am still working on--when it comes to utilizing 2 iPads that are available to my classroom. Ideas above are very helpful...thank YOU!
I know this question was asked a bit ago, but I just wanted to reflect. In just two years the iPad has become so integrated in our teaching lives, at least many of our lives. If you are using an iPad regularly in the classroom, not having one is unthinkable. I have come to rely on my iPad like another arm. This little tablet has weaved its way into my teaching so completely that I carry it everywhere. I just wish that they would wait a year or two before upgrading or making a new one.