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My class was very fortunate to be able to have the Washington lab of 13 iPads for the entire day the Friday before ISATS. We had been working so hard on preparing for the tests that the iPad day allowed us a fun chance to review before testing began on Tuesday. I knew that if we were able to get them all day that I wanted to incorporate their use into each subject we had and I was able to do so. Below are some of the apps we used in each subject:
Sizzler(Morning Work): I used the notepad to type out student-generated iPad rules (iRules) and posted it on SMARTBoard so that the students could see.
Science: We took the iPads to our Learning Center so that the students could research their biomes on different websites I had bookmarked for them in partners. The only downside to this was that some of the websites I had found were not accessible on the iPads. However, we did discover that we could use resources like NetTrekker and World Book Online with the iPads.
Math: We have been working on fractions so the students were able to work in partners and use apps like Pizza Math, Division Wiz, and Coop Fractions to practice identifying fractions, changing fractions to decimals, divisibility rules, and finding equivalent fractions. I challenged some of my advanced students to try Conundra Math which required them to take a number and change it into a different number using the four operations. The students loved this!
Reading: The students practiced vocabulary in partners using the Pop Words app. This app is like Word Ladders we do in class where students have to manipulate words to change them into new words by only changing one letter at a time.
Enrichment: The kids worked in their Enrichment groups using the StoryLine app to create fun stories. This app is really cool because it starts with a student choosing a famous quote, then the next student illustrates that quote, and the next describes the illustration without seeing the original quote (and so on and so on). The students found their interpretations hilarious!
Writing: The students viewed the different picture books that were loaded on the iPads (even though some were meant for primary) and then also played Bluster, Word Search, and Mini-Words to identify spelling words and new vocabulary.
Overall it was a really fun day and worked as a great incentive to get all of my kids to turn in their missing work before the end of the trimester. The students were very independent and on-task with the iPads and been the same way in the more recent times (we had them yesterday too) that we've had them. I'm looking forward to checking them out more in the future!