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iPads in the Junior Classroom

Started by Jade Kylee Butler 06 Dec 2011 6:49pm () Replies (129)

Hi, I would love to know what others are doing with iPads in their classrooms!  I am in a year two class and we have been doing a range of things with them in our room! 

- I use them as part of my reading rotation and specify what apps I want the students to use. 

- I also use it as part of my maths rotation and again specify the apps I want the students to use. 

- I have also got apple t.v set up in my room and use this to airplay shared reading!  My students love reading along with the wonkey donkey! 

- I have also used mirroring and the whiteboard app in a maths group situation where students solve problems on their iPad and then turn the mirroring on as they share how they solved the problem with others!

- I have also worked with students to create their own comic lifes about atheletics day.

Would LOVE to hear what others are doing!


  • Debbie (View all users posts) 05 May 2014 12:59pm ()

    Just from going to the course last week in Auckland the Sock Puppet app is good for getting the children talking and tellagami.

  • Simon Coleman (View all users posts) 05 May 2014 2:44pm ()

    Kia ora All and I hope the first day at school has gone well!

    I too, like Tane, am looking at apps for the ipad that assist with raising literacy and numearcy particularly for our boys at yr 7-10 [who seem to fit the lower end of these areas] - ENGAGEMENT!!

    Any help appreciated. Simon 


  • karins (View all users posts) 06 May 2014 1:57pm ()
    Not an app- but have you used "study ladder"? It aligns with NZ curriculum, has individual free log ons for all students so you can track what they are doing and what is causing them difficulty, they earn points they can spend in pimping up a virtual bedroom. You can set the activities you want each group to be working on at whatever level they are at.
    You can access it on an ipad or notebook or PC and children can access it at home. There are also printables and mini videos teaching various maths concepts.
  • MrsB30 (View all users posts) 05 May 2014 3:42pm ()

    I have a Year 2/3 class and I really like Puppet Pals.  You can take photos of the children and then they use themselves as a puppet on any chosen background.  I used it last time for them to share their Te Reo learning from Term 1 (you can see them on my blog if you want - www.uhpsroom172014.blogspot.com) I love Futaba, which is a paid app but well worth the money.  You can have 4 students using one ipad at the time and it's a quiz game.  You can use the questions from the gallery (maths, languages, sight words etc) or make your own questions and answers.  Educreations is great for recording voice and annonations.  My students use it to explain their maths strategies.  Found it the best out of the free whiteboard apps.  Pic collage is a simple way to add a few photos and get students to retell an event.

  • Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 06 May 2014 2:12pm ()

    Hi everyone, I noticed a few requests for some Maths apps. e-learning in primary Mathematics VLN group includes some group discussion / ideas related to Maths apps and other digital technologies to enhance the learning experiemces in Mathematics.


  • Shanna (View all users posts) 08 May 2014 1:53pm ()

    Book Creator and Popplet have been my all time favourite APPS to use in literacy predominantly, but we have also made some use in maths. Tons of fun! Plus......started seeing some cross APP application....kids using a Popplet they have created in their Book Creator book! So awesome, as the kids tried that out without any ideas coming from me.

  • MrsB30 (View all users posts) 08 May 2014 2:36pm ()

    Do you use the paid version of Popplet? I love Popplet but just using the free version

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 08 May 2014 2:50pm ()

    Well worth spedning the money on the paid version - I think popplet is one of my 5 top apps  - if you want more convincing you might like to check out my ideas for using popplet across the curriculum 

    Popplet used many ways


  • Shanna (View all users posts) 08 May 2014 8:57pm ()

    Yes, I use the paid version. I think the two most important differences between the two, paid and unpaid, is that the paid version allows learners to 'lock' their Popplet and return to the work to continue working on their ideas and the paid version allows for more options to share their Popplet.

  • Carolyn (View all users posts) 17 Jun 2014 7:53pm ()

    I have just started using a free app called shadow puppet with my junior class.  students add photos and then record themselves talking about them and it creates a movie that saves directly to the camera roll (one less step for uploading to blog than lots of other apps). It is simple to use, great for oral language and assessing what students know without the hang up of having to be able to write or type.  We love it!

  • Rachel Stevens (View all users posts) 11 Aug 2014 8:03pm ()

    I discovered the App TinyTap, and it is very useful in my classroom. You can create apps/games/lessons with good tools like reading, soundboards, puzzles, question/answer, flashcard and you can also insert a youtube video. You should check it out, if you use iPads in your classes. http://bit.ly/TinyTap_forums

  • joleneb (View all users posts) 09 Sep 2014 9:58am ()



    Are any of the teachers chatting in this thread in the Wellington Region?


  • Gina Foster (View all users posts) 22 Nov 2014 7:51pm ()

    Yup, from Lower Hutt.  

  • Steve Ayers (View all users posts) 16 Sep 2014 12:45pm ()

    I'm wondering how to transfer text from Dragon Dictation to another app so children can add pictures etc? Is this possible? And is there a dictation app that picks up subject-specific vocabulary like the word "Ninjago"?

  • Yvonne L (View all users posts) 16 Sep 2014 2:11pm ()

    Hi Steve,  I was able to kcut and paste from Dargon in bookcreator.

    to do this you need to bring the key board up,  and then you will be able to select text and copy it and pop over to Bookcreator or I imagine any app and paste.

    I also pasted it into Spellbetter.  You can add pictures here just like in bookcreator.

    I am not sure about subject specific vocab, so can't help there.

    have fun ...

  • Anzar Chida (View all users posts) 02 Feb 2015 9:49am ()


    We have just started BYOD for Year 9s at Mount Albert Grammar School and the department has created ibooks for a good portion of what is taught in the year. All the .ibook and .iba files are available at: www.magsmaths.com

    What this essentially means is that you not only have ibooks to use with your students on the ipad but you also have the author files to add/remove from them as you feel fit on your mac laptop. We are hoping that if you improve them you send your improvement to mathsbyod@mags.school.nz (this could lead to some great collaboration, all is explained at website)

    Once again, the website is www.magsmaths.com

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