Showing posts with label ipad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ipad. Show all posts

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Best Apps and Websites

Are playful.
Have spoken directions.
Give suggestions or support (visual and/or auditory) when child chooses the wrong answer or takes a long time.
Have varied level of difficulty.
Avoid unnecessary sound effects.
Track progress for teacher.
Encourage, not discourage.
Teach concepts.
Allow for creativity.

The iPad as an All-in-One Device

What is the iPad to YOU?
for me, it replaces a lot of items and makes so many things possible...

And in the classroom...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is the iPad Mini "Just Right" for Kindergarten?

Choosing an iDevice for your classroom...

Just as Goldilocks had three choices, there are now three iDevices available for teachers to choose from. 

The iPod might be too small (but the price might be ‘just right’ for your budget) for classroom use.  Some apps don’t work on the iPod, and some just don’t look right or are harder to use.  iPods are not big enough for a lot of creative use or collaboration.

The iPad might be too big, in price and size.  It’s better for creating, and with the largest screen it’s great for collaborative projects too.

The iPad Mini might be ‘just right’ for your classroom.  Smaller, lighter, but with a good sized screen... the iPad Mini is big enough to do everything it’s biggest sister can do, but fits better into your kindergartners tiny hands.  And the price (iPad $499, Mini $329, iPod $199) is more affordable.

Another benefit to the Mini is the lightning power cord- it can be inserted in either direction and is easier for small fingers (and me too).  I've previously mentioned that it's not safe to let kinders plug iPads in using the 30 pin chargers- they can jam it in the wrong way and damage the device.

Ipad 2, Mini, iPhone
Which would be just right for you?

Monday, November 19, 2012

There's an App for that: Using iPads in Kindergarten Schedule

There’s an App for That!
A Day in the Life
of a Kindergarten iPad

Dear Diary,  I love being an iPad in kindergarten- especially when I am used all day long.  It gets boring on the iPad cart and it's sad to see kids sitting around bored, or time being wasted when things are done the 'old' way... luckily I'm in Mrs. H's K and she knows I can do anything (ok, well... almost anything!) and her students use me a LOT!  
Here are some of the ways I am used in adigitalkindergarten!  

Before school starts: 
Sketchio to practice writing alphabet, numbers, sight words
Read I Like Books, 
Play apps in the ABC/123 folder
Create stories using StoryKit, Show Me, Screen Chomp, Doodle Buddy, Toontastic
Teach Me Kindergarten to practice addition, subtraction, phonics, sight words
TooLoud to help regulate volume control
During group time: 
Help teacher pick students randomly with Stick Pick or Decide Now
Sketchio for writing letters, numbers, words
Twitter (whole group) to write to K Around the World Pals
Counting Board to follow along as you count
Check the weather locally, and in K Around the World  locations (whole group)
Literacy Centers/Daily 5/Workshop
Sketchio to practice writing alphabet, sight words, sentences
Read I Like Books, We Give Books
Play apps in the ABC
Write stories using StoryKit, Show Me, Screen Chomp, Doodle Buddy, Toontastic
Play What Rhymes, ABC It! Or Alphabet
Handwriting Practice with Write My Name, BlobbleWrite, Letter School, iWriteWords,  Little Writer, Alphabet Tracing
Advanced readers can use Accelerated Reader to take tests
Practice phonics with ABC Magic series, Pocket Phonics, 
Rover to access websites like Starfall online
Math Centers
Use counting board to help fill out 100 board worksheets
Use Apples in Hour Hands to practice telling time
Rover to access websites online
Number Magic Apps, Montessori 100 Board, Montessori Numbers
Social/Free Time/Choice Time/Reward 
Angry Birds
Toca Boca (Band, Store, Salon, Tea Party, Doctor)
Felt Board
Playhouse Lite
Alien Assignment
Clock/Timer to let kids know how much time is left or when to clean up

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Connected Science: Science Project, Wiki's, Google Docs, and Skype

I LOVE my Twitter PLN (Professional Learning Network) #kinderchat !  We have been doing some exciting things this year!

My class has joined  Kindergarten classes from Canada, US, and New Zealand to find out if eggs are the same around the world... We are conducting a simple but fun science experiment.  More information can be found here, Eggciting Experiment Wiki, on the procedures and observations with the kids.  There are google docs embedded in the page that we have used to document the project. 

Today my students skyped on the iPad with a K class participating in the project from Vancouver Island, British Colombia- a couple of my students showed their eggs, and her students shared theirs.  The children had a great time sharing their observations.  I love skype play for the converstions and sense of wonder the children have.  They discussed the time (Vancouver BC is in the same time zone as us) weather (they had rain too) and even recess.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Using Blooms Taxonomy with Technology

Great site to read over:  I particularly liked the emphasis on higher level use of iPads, etc.  I agree that the iPad should be used as more than a fancy workbook.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dear Sync Letter

Dear Sync,

I'm sorry, but I just can't stand you anymore! I'm abandoning you today, as you are too complicated and can never quite meet my needs. You take way too much time and interfere with my enjoyment of my iFriends.

If you have to know, I am going to be with iCloud now. He's easy to be with, dependable, and is there when I need him, no matter where I am.

Sync, I hope you and I can still be friends. We may see each other from time to time, especially around ios4. Once ios5 is ready for iCloud and I we will probably never see you again.

Love, Digitalkindergarten

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