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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!


  • Onieka (View all users posts) 22 Feb 2016 5:15pm ()

    I am using Seesaw learning journal with my year 1/2 class. It's a great tool for children to show their learning as they can record, draw, take pictures or video. Seesaw then allows you to share on their learning with parents. My students really enjoy using this app.smiley 

  • LukeNola (View all users posts) 15 Jul 2015 12:35pm ()

    Here is the video, made in about 5 mins.

    The Ranger from Luke Nola on Vimeo.

  • LukeNola (View all users posts) 15 Jul 2015 12:31pm ()

    Jade do please try our free Little Legends Strorybuilder app. We've been testing it in schools with iPads and have had amazing results from students who don't usually imagine themselves as authors. The fun thing is they can immediately share their work as movies on Vimeo.  This is The Ranger by Na Ngahu.The Ranger

  • Jerome Lacoste (View all users posts) 10 Jul 2015 6:24am ()

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  • Carol Kendall (View all users posts) 04 May 2015 9:54pm ()

    That looks great, thanks for sharing, Angela. That looks like they could produce stories quite quickly, and a good idea of yours to publish on your site as jpegs. I like your class site, too. I'll have a closer look at the app.

  • Angela (View all users posts) 04 May 2015 7:58pm ()

    Hi Carol

    In reply to your question about Story Patch. You can only use the app's illustrations although you can adapt these to create your own illustration. I use this app as it can be used at a basic level, ideal for New Entrants. They are also easily able to find relevant illustrations for their stories. To insert the PDF's into my Google site I save the PDFs as images, then insert images into the webpage.  Here is a link to the webpage where I have included the PDFs. https://sites.google.com/a/pigeon-mountain.school.nz/room10pmps/written-language



  • Carol Kendall (View all users posts) 04 May 2015 9:57am ()

    Hi Angela

    That sounds like a useful app. Can the students add their own photos and drawings to their stories? I'd love to see a link to your class website so I can see how it all looks and how you add the pdfs too.



  • Angela (View all users posts) 03 May 2015 8:03pm ()


    I have a New Entrant class and we have been using Story Patch. It was free but now there is a small cost. Children who are reading at Yellow level can write stories independently, include relevant pictures and save. They also return to their work to edit. Their work is saved and emailed to parents plus put on the class website as a PDF.


  • Claire Blomgren (View all users posts) 03 May 2015 1:20pm ()


    Hi Alannah, I am using Book Creator with my Y3/4 for wring at the moment.  I use mirroring on apple TV to model process to whole class. Then 1 group per week is able to work directly on iPads after planning on conventional paper and pen then write directly on Book Creator. When finished they read it on ibook. Working Well. Last term we used Brushes for drawing backgrounds and characters or took photos of them selves or backgrounds. These were exported to photos. We then used them in Puppet Pals so their plays are there own work. Both really successful. Cheers Claire




  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 02 May 2015 9:02pm ()

    Book Creator is my fave app. We took it up a notch last year by publishing the books we made using Book Creator to iTunes.

    Here is the workflow for what we did on my blog.


    The first time was a bit tricky but as with anything once you have done it once the process is easy.

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