Dec
19

Using iPads in Class

Filed Under (General) by on December 19, 2012 and tagged

We have been using a set of 5 iPads in class during the last two months!

We got the iPads through a generous grant from the Stonington Education Fund. So far we have been using them in reading, writing, and math.

Using the iPad during math

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In writing, we have been using an app called Comic Life to make nonfiction text features (like diagrams) to go along with our informational writing pieces.

Here is a diagram we made in Comic Life showing the main parts of an iPad:

Front of iPad

Back of iPad

(Look for lots more diagrams and illustrations in our own informational writing coming soon!)

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In reading, we have been using the iPads to listen to audiobooks while we follow along in our own books. Listening to reading like this helps improve our fluency, accuracy, and vocabulary. (And it is just plain fun!)

Listening to Reading

Listening to Reading

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We have also been recording our own reading using an app called Evernote. We practice reading a short passage fluently and then record it on the iPad. Then we practice some more and record it again after a few days. On Evernote we can see how much our fluency improves the more we practice.

practicing fluency

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In math, we have been using an app called Educreations to demonstrate and share different ways to solve math problems. Using this app we can make short tutorials and also explain to our teacher how we are solving the math problems.

Here are a few different solutions for solving a math story problem that had the equation 72 + 134:

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What do you use an iPad or iPod to learn?

Do know of any other great learning apps (not games) that we could try?

What is your favorite thing about using iPads in class?



13 Responses to “Using iPads in Class”

  1.   Matt Flohr Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich’s Class,

    Great post!
    My third graders enjoy Stack the States & Rocket Math. They are nice apps that the kids can use once they complete an assignment.

    Popplet is a nice app to let the kids visualize ideas.

    From,
    Mr. Flohr

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  2.   Sandy Says:

    Dear Mr.Salsich,

    I love our post about the IPads! I am enjoying the iPads! I suggest an app called For Kids! It is a app for learning addition and subtraction!

    Your Student,
    Sandy :lol:

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  3.   Kali Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    The math videos are cool.

    From Kali :evil:

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  4.   Jillien Lakatta Says:

    Dear Mrs. Salsich’s Class,

    Hello from Friends School of Baltimore. Your iPad diagram was very nice because it showed a lot of the parts of the iPad. We think iPads are a great tool for learning about different resources. One of us has an App called Factor Samurai for math. It is fun because it is a great game for learning math. We have used Flow Free in math because it teaches us good strategies. Do you have any other cool Apps to share with us? We are just learning to use iPads in the classroom, and we are really excited about it.

    We love your blog!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Lakatta’s 4C

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    •   Brendan Says:

      Dear Mrs. Lakatta

      Some of the apps we use are Educreations and Comic life. Also We use the ipads to listen to books like “who would win” in an app called Storia.

      Sincerely,
      Brendan

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    •   Ivy Says:

      Dear Mrs. Lakatta,

      Thank you for the wonderful comment. I have the app called Flow Free.
      It’s a lot of fun. We will try to look at the apps you suggested. I also think that the apps will be very helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Ivy

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  5.   Nora's Mom Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich’s class,

    You are so lucky to have iPads to use at school. We found two Apps for practicing math facts called: MathBoard and Flash Tables.

    From,
    Nora’s Mom

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  6.   Cayla Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    My favorite thing about using the iPads in class is the app “Comic Life”.

    From,
    Cayla

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  7.   Ryan Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    By the way, thank you for getting the ipads for us so we can use them in our class room. My favorite thing about using the ipads is it’s fun using ipads instead of using paper, and you can do a lot of cool things on the ipads that you can’t do on a regular piece of paper.

    from,
    Ryan

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  8.   Cole Says:

    Dear Mrs. Lakatta,

    On my iPod at home I have flow free and I am pretty addicted to it too!

    Sincerly,
    Cole

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  9.   Esmeralda Says:

    Hello , my name is Esmeralda. I am in Mr.Miller’s classroom. You kids are lucky to have iPads. We have netbooks, they are cool but iPads are better. I never really thought iPads could be helpful for school and be educational. I guess they are and very educational and helpful in class. I liked the diagram of the ipad because it showed me some parts of the iPad I didn’t know.

    Wonderful job with this post . :)

    From,
    Esmeralda

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  10.   Cayla Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    Two apps for the Ipads is Mad Math Lite and Mad Math 2

    From,
    Cayla

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