"In our class this year, we have been blessed with four available iPads for the kids to use this year during our Math Centre time.
However, I have been told by many of my students that they have gone home that night and downloaded many of the games! I was shocked! A good surprised kind of shocked that is. I know it is technology and it is more prevalent in our culture and society and especially schooling now that it has been and is still growing, but the fact they had enough fun during Math class to spend their own personal time at home to download a game was astounding! It was also very rewarding and made me realize how much fun Math has become during our Math Centres!
For you parents or fellow teachers who are looking for some good apps (these do cost a little bit, but are worth it!) here are some maybe you can get your kids to work on their numeracy skills at home on your very own iPad devices. "
"EverySlide is a free (for educators and students) service that allows you to share your slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of your audience. As you move through your shared slides you can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from your audience."
With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.
"Learning in Hand #27 is all about the Stick Around app for iPad http://bit.ly/1fp7dPA . The idea behind Stick Around is simple: players move stickers onto the correct spots on a background. The thing is, you not only use Stick Around to play these sticker puzzles, but you use it to create them as well!"
"It’s no secret that I love using QR codes in my classroom, but this year I’ve been trying to incorporate more student-created QR code activities. I recently made an inference activity I’ve been doing for years more interactive by turning it into a student-created QR code bulletin board.
After having some fun with this inference riddle website, my students created their own inference riddles in a similar fashion. I had them type their riddles in Powerpoint and then generate a QR code with their top-secret answer. To generate the QR code, they went to QRStuff.com and clicked the “Plain Text” option. Then they typed their answer in the text box and clicked “Download QR Code.” The last step was to drag the QR code into their Powerpoint presentation."
"ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement, and improve student behavior quickly and easily, with no painful data entry. ClassDojo also lets you communicate student progress with parents and students. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Here is a list of some excellent features ClassDojo offers to its users. Click here for a downloadable PDF documents of these features."
"If there was ONE thing that I’d want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources that you can use in your work immediately.
The trick is tracking down those resources quickly and easily. Just because people are SHARING resources doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to FIND those resources. Thankfully, practitioners using social spaces for learning are also adding hashtags –short identifiers that start with the # symbol — to the end of their messages."
"The iPad comes pre-loaded with apps that can be used to carry out the basic functions of teaching. However, most (if not all) teachers who want to improve their teaching experience will be looking for more specific apps to tailor to their individual needs."
"Looking for some opportunities to expand your knowledge and grow professionally? The two apps below are some you should definitely consider checking. Both of these apps grants you free access to courses and educational content from the world's leading universities."
"I loving using Keynote, both on the Mac and the iPad. Keynote is a powerful presentation tool where students can show off knowledge of a subject. There are many web-based presentation tools I love, but Keynote has some really cool features that really resonate with students. For this project, 2nd graders used Keynote to illustrate and animate the letters in their first names. Here are some helpful tips if you do this project with your kiddos!"
Kids will learn all about the process of photosynthesis, discover amazing adaptations plants make to their environment, and uncover the many ways humans depend on plants for our own survival in this interactive reading app.
"This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations. Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom."
topia"If you are teaching with one, a few, or a class set of iPads, finding the right apps and project ideas for your students can be a challenging task. We’ve organized some of the best resources from Edutopia and beyond to help you figure out what tools are best for your early elementary school students. Explore different ways to integrate technology into your instruction!"
"Most students need all the help they can get when it comes to planning big projects. Here’s a list of apps that can help them stay organized when they’re working on group presentations, research papers or other big tasks that might take a little extra energy to keep everything together."
"Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22 since 1970 as a day to focus on conservation and environmental education. From learning about recycling, protecting the environment and appreciating the planet for all it has to offer, we have compiled a list of FREE apps in honor of Earth Day. Oh, and I threw in The Lorax, which is not free, but it highly discounted and well worth the $0.99."
John Evans's insight:
Even thought Earth Day was yesterday, these are still useful apps for the classroom! - JE
"I do not use a lot of worksheets in my math program. So much so, that last week, I gave a worksheet during math to my grade 2 students to do and one of my students cheered. CHEERED! For a worksheet! I asked the child in my class why she cheered. I figured that she would have responded with, "I like worksheets." If she had answered that way, I would have been fine with that. I believe that we all have our own learning preferences and some children enjoy doing worksheets. However I would never have anticipated what she said to me. She responded with,
"I like doing worksheets better than using the iPads because I don't have to think as much.""
"To help her students understand and be able to analyze the apps they come across online, Mutt Susan from Digital Divide and Conquer http://bit.ly/1nG4TZF ; has created this wonderful rubric. The Student App Review Rubric, features five sections ( or criteria) that students can grade when assessing an app. Each of these criteria can be graded with a numerical number from 0 to 4 with 4 as the top grade.
The five criteria included in this rubric are :
Looks and soundEngagement and motivationUser friendly directions and instructionsPerformance and ease of useDifferentiation in learning."
"You might be looking to keep children up to date on current events, help them build prior knowledge, or simply make connections to the world around them. With these free apps (for iOS and Android devices) you can stream videos straight from your device to share with students!"
"Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown. One boy didn't respond to the other and walked away. The ignored kid got frustrated and pushed over a small staircase, causing the first boy to fall.
Their speech therapist, Jordan Sadler, decided to address the issue by recreating it in an iPad app called Puppet Pals. She restaged the scenario as a movie, even taking photos of the room for the background and of the kids for the characters. Using the app to show an instant replay of the scuffle, Sadler and the kids identified what went wrong and then recreated the scene, this time making better decisions.
Creating custom stories to help kids learn communication skills or understand complex situations is just one of the ways parents, therapists and educators have taken advantage of tablets to work with kids with autism."
"One thing young children are not lacking in is imagination. They have no trouble pretending, playing make believe and suspending reality. We’ve recently crossed over into the augmented reality arena. Augmented Reality (AR) allows for a digitally enhanced view of the real world. It allows the user to open or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through a mobile device. I’ve talked about our first foray in AR with Aurasma app here. Aurasma is a great tool, and now my student’s are using the Chromville app to create in their own Augmented Reality worlds.