So....I had intended to post every Friday about our new adventures with our iPads but I have been so overwhelmed with all that goes into having an iPad Lab in the classroom that I haven't found a lot of time to post. So now that things are rocking and rolling I am hoping that I will have more time to help everyone that has asked HOW DO YOU DO THIS IPAD LAB THING!
Let me start with the beginning!
Back in April I presented my school board with an iPad Lab Proposal. It was a big leap because our school is NOT technologically inclined. We are school built on the principle of "back to the basics" in education. That being said, one of our school board members had already been pushing toward upping the exposure to technology that our students were exposed due. There was some skepticism about how well the students would even be able to work the technology because of the socio-economic background that most of them come from. One argument that seemed to prevail is that EVERYONE has technology. I MEAN EVERYONE! In some form or fashion, people are drawn to technology. For my proposal I took a survey of my current class that year and found that out of the 26 students I had, 14 of them had an iPad in the home, 17 of them had a computer (mostly a laptop) and ALL OF THEM had parents with SMART PHONES! So, could they work the iPad...I said YES!!!
Once approved it was all about the set up! I spent the better part of the summer setting up iPads in the charging station, setting them all up to our classroom account and then the mother of all conferences hit CHICAGO! In July I attended a conference hosted by BER on iPads in the k-6 classroom! IT WAS THE BOMB!
I came home and finished setting up each students iPad complete with Apple sticker on the back and their student number. I synced them all up with my new Mac Book Pro and we were on our way! I started with FREE APPS! There are so many! But I found some that were paid that I just HAD TO HAVE!
Here we are 8 weeks into the year and this is the progression of iPad University!
Week 1: Learning the iPad
We learned all the basics of the iPad. We went over how to turn the iPad on and off. We learned how to open apps and how to close them. We learned how to take a picture and how to make our home screens our personalized pictures! We went over, extensively, all the rules for our iPads and how to carry them and take care of them. Each table has a bucket that the iPads fit in PERFECTLY! When they are not in use, they are put into the bucket. Here we are on week one...all happy about our iPads!
Week 2: Guided Reading and Raz-Kids!
This was a great week for the kids. Our BIG RULE with our iPads is WE DON'T PLAY ON OUR IPADS WE LEARN ON OUR IPADS! The kids really take this to heart! We have ONE, ONLY ONE, actual game on our iPads and they have yet, in week 8, gotten to open it! It is in my back pocket of tools to use as incentive. Haven't needed to pull it out yet but the kids ask about WHERE'S MY WATER all the time! They will be so excited when they finally get to open it!
The first and biggest reason I wanted the iPads was to engage my students in READING! I want these kids to get excited about reading and this is where Raz-Kids came in. I did have to get a subscription to Raz-Kids but it opened a world to my kiddos that they might only dream of. Raz Kids allows my kids to have personalized book rooms for their level. They can listen to reading, read and record themselves and SEND me the recording, as well as take comprehension quizzes to earn stars for use in their Rocket Room or building their READIN ROBOT! They love to read and that makes for one happy teacher! This week we got our earbuds and our styluses and our zipper pencil pouch to keep both in. I numbered the pouches with a Sharpie so that the kids would know whose is whose and when not in use they put the pouches on top of the iPads in the bucket on their tables. PERFECTION!!! Here we are in Read to Self during Guided Reading!
Week 3: Using our iPads during Guided Reading Station Rotations
These kids were eager to do more on their iPads than just read. However, even after learning all the great apps, they still gravitate to their personalized book rooms and listen to reading more than any other app! Here are few apps we use during station rotations!
Top Left: Chalkboard APP--students rainbow write their spelling words and take a picture for proof they completed the station.
Top Right: Grammaropolis! This app is awesome for introducing parts of speech and guiding students through a fun treasure map of learning.
Bottom Left: Raz Kids--nuff said :)
Bottom Right: Grade 1 Math by Math Splash! Kids love working through the standards based skill sets!
Well week 4-7 was all about reviewing and reinforcing our procedures and rules! The kids were settling in so well and really have become independent with their iPads. When they rotate through stations, they have LISTEN TO READING as one of their rotations and when their group gets to that rotation they get their iPads. Everyday I list on the board two apps they can explore and learn with once they have finished their "hands on" station activity. Starting in a few weeks, that will all change...Week 9 is going to prove FANTABULOUS for integrating our iPads totally into our classroom routine!
WEEK 8---THIS WEEK
Now that my kiddos are responsible iPad students, it was time to take them into the 21st Century with their learning and education. This week we learned how to EMAIL! Oh yes my dear friends. I put the power in their hands...well kind of! I found this amazing app and after exploring it knew this would be just what I needed to introduce my kids to email!
This is a kid friendly email system that allows the administrator to set up their contacts and limit them to only contacts that are approved. Today we worked to set up our accounts and connect with Mrs. Shipley so that beginning Monday we can start emailing Mrs. Shipley our work during stations. Students will complete a station activity like sorting nouns and then take a picture and insert it into an email along with a brief explanation of what they were doing in the station. This will help me truly assess if they understood the activity they were working on. They will then send the email to me and I can see, REAL TIME, what they are doing and if they need to correct anything. These kids LOVED practicing emailing me today! Take a look at some of the fun emails I received today!
Well if you stuck with me through this long post you are AMAZING! HOPEFULLY I can keep these coming every Friday to show what we did during the week with our iPads and new apps we learned in iPad University! Thanks for being online friends and family!
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