I love the iPad. I've wanted to buy one for my family since they came out. When our school started using them I begged and pleaded and whined until I got 5 to use in class. Then I got 5 more (well one is on loan from another teacher- I'm hoping she'll forget!) I use one as my "Master" iPad- I try new apps, use it to record kids' reading, the students use it, I use it a lot myself, and yes my daughter loves it too. But it's not mine. I want my own iPad because I don't like using school property as my own. When I let Lily use it I feel guilty. I try to tell myself she's a future student... but that only helps a little. I feel guilty putting on apps I enjoy.
So, I am sitting here, at midnight, wondering how I can get my hands on an iPad 2 next Friday. I just watched the video of Steve Jobs presenting the iPad2 and am a little worried about how much I want one. I guess I am just a big kid. I am trying to convince myself that paying the wonderful woman who cares for my daughter while I teach isn't that important, or surely we can skip one car payment or...
I had planned to buy one as soon as the second gen came out, no question about it. I viewed it as a reward for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher on the first try. I didn't spend my Christmas or Birthday money gifts. I thought that by Spring we'd be financially steady. I "need" one for the two upcoming conferences I am presenting at- really, I'll be the only one who doesn't have one... However unforeseen expenses have used up all discretionary funds.
So, ok, I guess there's no iPad2 in my immediate future (although I did suggest to my husband that we cancel our cruise and get iPad2s instead. He did not appreciate the sentiment.) I am trying to tell myself to be grateful to have health, my family, a job, a home and so much more. Perspective people! BUT, I still really want the new iPad2. Enough whining for now I guess.
So how would I utilize the 2nd generation iPad in my Kindergarten classroom?
1. Camera (to take pics of kids, kids to take pics, kids to record their creations- lego, blocks, etc).
2. Video (kids can read to themselves and playback, kids could facetime other students in other schools, video presentations, record directions for playback)
I use my camera a lot in class and would love to use the new iPad instead.
3. LOVE the new garage band app (for the kids) and iMovie (for me).
4.-6. Thinner, lighter, faster!!!
I am sure I will find more reasons to need the new iPad. I hope you can get one too. Someday.
Using technology in meaningful, developmentally appropriate ways to make learning come alive and differentiate instruction so that all students achieve. I hope this blog is helpful to anyone utilizing technology with children. If you have found it useful, I appreciate you letting me know and sharing with others.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Posted by DigitalKindergarten
Labels: apps, iPads, kindergarten
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