Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A Day in the Life of One iPad in My Grade One Class
I feel very blessed to have been given an iPad2 to use with my grade one classroom. In the few short weeks that I have had it, it has been used for many different things. Here are some of the ways I have been using the class iPad2.
A student is using the Word Wizard App.
The Word Wizard App allows my students to touch letters and hear their corresponding sounds. It helps my students gain more letter sound knowledge and use that knowledge to phonetically write their own words. The Word Wizard App has also been used to help students practice their spelling of CVC words, and basic sight words.
Creating a story using My Story App.
My Story App has allowed my students to draw, speak, and write their own stories. These stories, when complete, can be sent to and stored in iBooks for everyone to enjoy.
Practicing our Word Wall Words using Magnetic ABC App
The Magnetic ABC App is just like using magnetic letters but it's more. This version has different backgrounds and some pictures to add. It makes practicing Word Wall Words even more fun! We have several other apps that we've been using to practice our word work.
Monster 1 - There is Monster at the End of This Book
During reading time my students have been using the iPad to read and/or listen to stories. A favourite story right now is The Monster at the End of This Book starting Grover. Another favourite is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Both books are highly interactive. Often there are five or six children sitting around the iPad interacting with it as they read/listen to the story.
Math Bingo App
My students have used several different math apps to practice their basic math facts.
Using the iPad to project a movie from YouTube.
My class has used the iPad in conjunction with a projection device to watch content specific videos. Here we are watching a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears because right now we are learning about Fairy Tales.
These are only some examples of what we've been doing with our class iPad. In addition, I still have what feels like a million more ways to use our wonderful tool. If you have some suggestions of ways I can integrate one iPad into my classroom program I'd love to hear them.