1:1 iPad use in Full Day Kindergarten Background This is the first year of 1:1 iPads in my kindergarten classroom. In October 2010 I received one to use with my class of 26, and by the end of May 2011 I had 11 and my class had dropped down to 22 children. I absolutely loved that half the class could be working on the iPads completely independently, at various levels, while I worked with the other half of the kids. I begged and pleaded until I was assured I would most likely have a class set of iPads for the 2011-2012 school year. Getting started On the fourth day of school I introduced iPads to my class of 20 kindergartners. At the end of the day several kids started to put their iPad into backpacks- I had to explain that they were for class only- my, how their faces fell. Over the next weeks I took time to introduce the apps on the dock- those that I feel are as good as or better than traditional classroom materials and address learning goals more effectively or equally as well. A typical day in my room with the iPads
Mobile Sync and Backup - Online Storage for Mobile Devices SugarSync provides data security you can count on. SugarSync makes online file sharing a breeze. Whether you are sharing one file, or an entire folder with hundreds of files, a few clicks is all it takes. Share public links Sharing large files and folders just got easier. Generate a public link for any file or folder and share it on Facebook, Twitter, email, IM, or on your blog. 25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re putting out a special mini-issue early next week. It’ll be available in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app and, best of all, FREE to subscribers! If you’re not (yet) a subscriber, it’ll be just $0.99. The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom.
Pedagogy and the iPad « Northern Arizona University's e-Learning Center by John J. Doherty and Kevin Ketchner Perhaps the hardest part of owning an iPad is trying to avoid the addictive world of Angry Birds, the favorite game app of the new British Prime Minister. For just $5 you, too, can attack pigs with hard-headed flying birds. That kind of distraction is exactly what many faculty worry about when we ponder the place of tools such as the iPad in the classroom. The iPad is a good case in point. Consumption The iPad is very obviously a tool for consuming information and media. For example, in a course on Reinventing King Arthur, John used the Kindle app on his iPad to give his students access to some of the course readings. Kevin has been using the iPad for an Honors course on the cultural impact of comic books. The following panel is a screen capture of the Iron Man (2004) #1 book, available in the Marvel app. Students in the course can download the movies Iron Man (2008) and V for Vendetta (2006) via the iTunes Store or other media sources. Accessibility
Dr. Seuss's ABC Load Up Your iPad with a Massive Library of Over 38,000 Free eBooks The iPad is a great device to read on, and if your digital library is feeling a little bare then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found some of the best places to get free ebooks, ready to be downloaded and opened with iBooks on your shiny new iPad (or iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nook, or Android, for that matter). Project Gutenberg Top 100 – Full of classics, if you’re only going to visit one source for free ebooks, Gutenberg should be it. They have over 38,000 free ebooks available, and their top 100 list is basically a mirror of the Western Canon of literature. Gutenberg is probably the best source online, but other sites offer free ebooks too: If you download the books onto a Mac or PC, emailing them to an iPad or iPhone is generally the easiest way to transfer them over quickly without syncing. Know any other quality sources for free ebooks?
The Challenge of iPad Pedagogy Staff training completed. Make no bones about it, the use of the word completed couldn’t be further from the truth. My advice to anyone else undertaking an iPad trial, be more than prepared. Imagine the most challenging class you have ever had to personalise learning for and double it. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the vigour with which the staff and students have approached the training at such a busy time. The challenge lies in the pedagogy. Exposure to app use, productivity and possible implications has opened up the proverbial can of worms, and it’s fantastic. Whether you subscribe to the device as a consumption, creation or discovery tool, the technology opens the eyes of educators when given time to investigate. Not that I didn’t have my own ideas! It just feels like the trial has a real chance of success and not because of the new technology. So what to do next? It’s a challenge and it’s not about the technology! Like this: Like Loading...
Kid Safe Browsers for iPad and iPhone by Natalie Parents know that it’s not safe to allow children unrestricted access to the internet. You wouldn’t let little Jimmy run around all willy-nilly in a strange city and you surely wouldn’t allow anything of the sort in cyberspace, right? The issues with internet access and children come in many forms. With the growing popularity of internet access to mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, monitoring internet activity isn’t so easy as plopping the computer in the living room and keeping a watchful constant eye over young shoulders. Fortunately, the tech world has heard the rally cries of concerned parents and a number of kid-safe browsers are available to allow your child internet access in a safe manner. Quintura KidsPrice: $1.99 Available for a very affordable $1.99, Quintura Kids aims to make searching the web an educational process for children. Websites available through the browser are determined through a number of factors.
Almont Community Schools Management and pedagogy of iPads in schools If you are planning on buying multiple iPads for your school you need to do a bit of planning around the management, administration and pedagogical integration of the iPad in your classroom. There are also important issues around licencing of apps. The following articles provide some background information and practical strategies for schools: Australian Macworld discusses the main issues for schools in iPad goes to School...... For starters, how does a school deal with the issue of students putting apps onto iPads? If the iPad is a shared resource, then having students install or remove apps can be a significant problem. Application licensing is also a concern. Where students are allocated an iPad for their own use, life gets a little easier. iOS apps can be added to the school booklist and students can be given iTunes Store vouchers in order to buy apps themselves and set the device up to suit themselves. .......... Preparing your school for iPad implementation.
10 Best Apps 4 Teachers Most of what we do is for the students. The focus of this and many other blogs and websites is about learning, and rightly so, but there are also apps that will make our jobs easier too. I am talking about that catergory of apps that are designed specifically for the classroom teacher. Keynote: $9.99 Keynote for iPad is almost as powerful as the desktop application. Since one of the first jobs you have to do each morning is to take the role Attendance is a great solution for the iPad. TeacherTool saves grades and makes suggestions for grades. iAnnotate is a PDF reader and annotation tool for the iPad. GradePad: $2.99 The GradePad application allows you to grade your students’ performance directly from your mobile device. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Attendance is a universal iOS touchscreen application. TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. Flipboard: Free This is a great app for the iPad. Evernote: FREE
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