Woohoo- it's Thursday and time again for our Tune into Technology linky! This week's topic is iPads, so please come join us and link up ways you use iPads in your classroom. We are so excited to read your ideas!
I am very lucky to have a set of 4 iPads for my small reading groups. My groups tend to be 3-4 students, so I've been very lucky to have a 1:1 ratio with our iPads...and as a result we use them everyday in our reading groups. I use iPads for word work, reading response activities and for creating things with apps. Now, this post could go on forever, so I tried to pick the apps that I use most often with my little friends and for a variety of reasons!
First up...word work: I say a word or letter, my little friends write it and then we'll go back and reread our letters/words. ABC-Magnetic Alphabet Lite and ShowMe are my two favorite apps for this (both free!).
Reading Response Activities: I use the iPad as a way for students to respond to their reading as well as a way to practice reading strategies we have learned. In the pics below, my little friends are working in ShowMe on drawing their visualizations while I read them a story.
Here my little friends are drawing answers to their "questions" we came up with while reading our stories. These were done in another free app, Screenchomp.
Math: My first graders love using their ipads for QR Codes, Application and we also did some centers using the camera feature on the iPad.
Here one of my little friends wrote, in a dry-erase marker, his answer on our laminated task card then will scan to check to check and see if he is correct.
This center students were asked to take a addition flash card from the pile, make the addition fact using unifix cubes and finally to take a picture of it using the camera on the iPad. Eventually I uploaded their pictures and created a PowerPoint Presentation with their math facts. If we had extra time before lunch I would play it as students said the facts. Next, year I am hoping to take this project one step further and let students add voice to to their slides.