I went to her session on using iPads in the classroom. Mary emphasized throughout her session to
- Try one idea and KEEP trying until you get it.
- Fight to get technology in your classroom.
- Try your ideas at school-school filters can block internet sites.
Before you begin think about
- Labeling and assigning devices
Management: This is where I failed last year. Don't just randomly assign kids to iPads. Think about it in terms of how you will have the kids use them. This year I will be assigning kids to specific iPads. I will be creating a roster for each iPad. Every app on the iPad will have the login for only the students assigned to that iPad.
When I'm reedy to install new apps, I can bring the iPads and my iPad roster home to add the students to the apps. I use my home computer to synch all my iPads. You will need to check how your school wants you to load and synch apps.
Different Types of AppsHere is something I learned from Mary's session. There are different types of Apps. She has cleverly named them Assigned, Open and Multi Player.
Assigned Apps: User profiles can be created for student. The games build on the students performance. Sometimes specific skills can be assigned for each student and data can be collected of the students performance as well as. Teach Me is one of my favorite Apps. It is available for several different grade levels. It is well worth the $1.99
Letter School is an example of an Open App
Did you know that some Apps can be changed from Open to Assigned? I didn't until Mary told me. Under the user profile select enable. I haven't tried it, but I will once I get my new iPads all set up.
Other Great Apps to Try
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I'll admit I'm pretty excited about these. QR Codes is short for Quick Response. I experimented a little bit last year with QR Codes using one of Mary's products. I was so intrigued by the entire thing. Here is what I know. The one above is supposed to link to my website. I currently use i-inigma. There are many out there, just try a few an see which one you prefer.
QR Codes can be used to:
- Read text to students such as a story you have recorded
- Access Youtube videos
- Check Answers
- Ideas are endless!!!!
There are many free QR code scanners available. I use the one
Mary has a fabulous blogpost that breaks it all down for you. To get a better understanding of what they are and how to use them in the classroom, read her post.
So, are you ready to start the year off with you iPads. I will be cleaning mine up, updating old apps and wiping out student information. Then I will be loading all the new apps and assigning each iPad a specific number. I made iPad backgrounds to help my students identify which iPad is which. You should be able to right mouse click and save to your iPad desktop, then select to use as background image.
I hope you have found some of this information useful.
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