Friday, October 4, 2013

They're HEEEEEEEEEEERE!

I'll let the photos do the talkin'!

6 ipads and 6 wireless keyboards!
My trusty charging station!

UGH...love the reflection in the ipad! 
HEHE . .  of my six rainbow colored covers!

And CHARGING!

So now the fun begins--I have a few apps loaded on, but I have SO much learning to do!  From figuring out how to best utilize six of them in the room, to figuring out how to save document/photos and so on to our network, to teaching the students about how to use them--the journey starts now!

I would LOVE to hear all the different ways you use ipads in the classroom, how your organize things, what apps you love, what blog posts or articles you think I might find helpful--ANYTHING!  I know I need to start small, but now that I have them, I feel a sense of urgency to get them used productively.

By the way--just wanted to let you know that I did post a set of seasonal word problems yesterday if anyone is interested.  I think I will do a similar set for some of the upcoming holidays as well.  I'm using them next week as warm ups!






8 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you and your students! I use the ipads a lot in math and language. I've made and purchased a lot of QR coded products. They are great for centers.
    A few of my favorite apps and my students favorites are Math Bingo and Splash Math for 4th grade (this has a game/activity for every standard.) Since I run a math workshop I keep 5 ipads at one of the stations for the students to use. If you are looking for some free QR stuff my TPT store has a bunch of math ones for free. Kristin Kennedy also has great 4th grade math QR codes.
    Enjoy your new technology!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  2. Eeeekk! I am SO excited for you. :) You will fall in love and decide immediately to start lobbying/searching/applying for more!

    Here are my suggestions -
    -Join Tracce Orman's 1:1 Pinterest Board (although you're not 1:1 it is a fantastic iPad resource board).
    -Download Socrative (for free). It is an assessment system that allows you to receive immediate feedback on student learning. I started using it this week in an exit slip station and LOVE it! The last question of the quiz is always "Finish this Quick Quiz" or "Let another student take this quiz"
    -Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about my favorite apps - http://thebrownbagteacher.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-is-for-app-get-your-ipad-back-to.html
    -Use QR codes to help students learn to research. In a QR code you can embed videos, internet links, or text.

    Eeek - I am SO excited for you. Please let me know if you have any questions along the away. I can definitely try to answer them. :)

    -Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  3. I second the suggestions for Math Bingo and Splash Math. My kids also loved Math Hero. There is an app called Rocket Math that sounds good and the kids love, but there is practically no math in it, so don't be fooled into that one :) Scholastic also has an app that lets kids time themselves reading and keep track of how many minutes they have read. I hope you have a blast with them! My new school doesn't have ipads and I am suddenly missing them!

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  4. I second the suggestions for Math Bingo and Splash Math. My kids also loved Math Hero. There is an app called Rocket Math that sounds good and the kids love, but there is practically no math in it, so don't be fooled into that one :) Scholastic also has an app that lets kids time themselves reading and keep track of how many minutes they have read. I hope you have a blast with them! My new school doesn't have ipads and I am suddenly missing them!

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  5. I second the suggestions for Math Bingo and Splash Math. My kids also loved Math Hero. There is an app called Rocket Math that sounds good and the kids love, but there is practically no math in it, so don't be fooled into that one :) Scholastic also has an app that lets kids time themselves reading and keep track of how many minutes they have read. I hope you have a blast with them! My new school doesn't have ipads and I am suddenly missing them!

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  6. How exciting! I am very jealous.

    Did you apply for a grant? If so, which one?

    I can't wait to see how you integrate these in your classroom. Congrats!!!

    Jennifer
    Elementary School Garden

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  7. I have two ipads and a Chrome book new to my classroom this year, but I can't use them because we don't have wifi at our school! :( When we get it and we can start using it, one of the things I was hoping to figure out how to do is transfer videos I have made using Smart Board Recorder for reteaching purposes. So if a student needs rounding reteaching, they can watch the video and then go to an app for reinforcement. The problem I have with it, besides no wifi, is that I have tried to convert theses wmv videos to mp4 and it still doesn't come up on ipad - so I'm trying to figure that one out. A great app for your classroom library is Book Finder. You can scan in all your books and let students check in/out. Another app I love and can use without internet connection is Evernote. I have a really hard time with keeping up with students as they read out loud when doing running records, so using Evernote, I can record them and then listen later.

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  8. So happy for you!!! We just received one iPad per classroom and I'm just beginning to peruse blogs, etc. to find out what to utilize and how to use. So glad to find your posts!!!

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