|Reading on the iPad!|
|Working on Keynote|
Since we had been using one iPad in the classroom all year, my students were already familiar with some of the gestures (swipe, chomp closed, etc.). This meant that when the iPads arrived, we didn't have to spend a lot of time learning how to navigate on the iPad, and instead were able to get started right away.
|Working on Keynote|
In just one short week the students have already started creating using several different apps to show their learning! Each child created a Keynote presentation to show what they've learned about their reading vocabulary, they created a Popplet to show what they learned about a Native American culture, and are starting a project to show what they learned about a specific Native American tribe.
|Sharing a Keynote presentation for vocabulary.|
We have also started using the iPads to improve our math and reading skills. FrontRow is an excellent app that helps with math. The students are working at their independent level to enrich what we are already learning in class. The students that need to be challenged are able to work on more complex problems, while the students that need more practice with a certain skill are able to practice. Differentiation at its best! We recently received permission to use Raz Kids with our students. This app also helps students work at their instructional level in reading.
|Reading a book using Epic!|
One app that I recently found is called Epic! Books For Kids. This app is free for teachers and students to use. There are tons of books available for the students to read on a variety of different concepts. I can pick specific books that go along with our curriculum to have the students read, or the students can explore all of the books to find a book of their choice. All I had to do was sign up for a free educator's account on the website, download the app, and then make choices of what types of books I want to have available for the students. Some of the books can be read to the students, which is a feature that many of my students enjoy. Practice makes perfect, so Epic! is a great app for students to use to practice their reading skills.
|Listening to a story in Epic!|
I can't wait to see how my students continue to grow and what they create with their iPads! I think this is going to be an amazing adventure for our classroom!