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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!


  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 08 Apr 2013 12:39pm ()

    I am in a break out at the learning at school roadshow that same question has just come up.  Jill Hammonds has talked about the amount of time children have on the computer rather than making this easier.  you can download Some keyboard templeates for mac or PC that are colour coded and she talks about using these during the day for writing their words and modelling what button a you push.  Rather than change this as the keyboard will not change they need to get use to using this.  Hope this helps.  I have a year one teacher in my team who has the same issue but will use some of the examples above to help her little ones.  I also get her to make sure they log onto the computer each morning and write their name this helps with speed and familiarity.

  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 08 Apr 2013 12:25pm ()

    Just a question about how have NE/Y1 teachers dealt with this:

    The iPad keyboard displays all letters as uppercase on the onscreen keyboard. Some children are looking for lower case letters to write their sentences and get confused by this. Has this happened to you? What have you done / would you do about this?

    There seems to be no official Apple app solution to this, though there apparently is a hack "ShowCase" where your keyboard can display the lower case letters. Has anyone got any opinion on this?

    Has anyone used a lowercase/uppercase chart (on paper) they could recommend / share?


  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 08 Apr 2013 11:31am ()

    For counting backwards from 20 I have an app that I have used with my students:  20-1 Counting. It guides the student through the process of "learn" "follow" "play". Unfortunately there are no options in the app for changing the range of numbers or turning off the music.

  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 08 Apr 2013 11:14am ()

    Hi Justine,

    Here is a link that might help - it is more literacy orientated but I'm sure will be inspiring and informative for not only your student with special needs, but all of your students.

    There is an introductory video that talks about early literacy development progressions as well as a PDF that gives a great range of Apps to explore categorized into each of the development stages.

    Apps for Early Literacy Series - Spectronics

    I hope this helps with identifying the needs of your students and choosing an appropriate App.

  • MrsVanderwoude (View all users posts) 06 Apr 2013 3:22pm ()

    Hi Josie...I used to use Posterous but they're closing on the 30th so I exported all blog to WordPress and I found it a great blogging tool.  Video embedding is the way to go.You can do that with most blogging tools.  Have a look at my school's one and let me know if i can assist.  This is my exported blog site from last year. http://chelseaprimary.wordpress.com/  

  • MrsVanderwoude (View all users posts) 06 Apr 2013 3:17pm ()

    I love posterous and had been using it for my school's website.  Here's my link http://www.space3mrsv.posterous.com/ Unfortunately, they're closing this 30th of April.  I've moved onto WordPress - they allow you to transpose your Posterous files to WordPress.  Here's the new exported link - not much different too.  Have a go.  Let me know if you need help.  MrsV http://chelseaprimary.wordpress.com/ 

  • Matthew Thomas (View all users posts) 05 Apr 2013 5:19pm ()

    Theres always the 100s Board and Tens Frame apps for using with Juniors.  I still use them most days in my classroom, and rate them! 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 05 Apr 2013 8:12am ()

    Kia ora tatou, you can now view the recording of last week's webinar on: Using mobile technologies in the junior classroom - one teacher's story in this DIRECT LINK. An inspirational journey of teacher-led PLD and new learning that has led to changes in classroom practice and outcomes for students.

    There's also a summary blog post @ /blog/view/794613/webinar-using-mobile-technologies-in-a-junior-classroom--one-teachers-story-enabling-e-learning-event

  • Michael Fawcett (View all users posts) 04 Apr 2013 10:56pm ()

    If autocorrect is distracting it can be turned off in settings/keyboard.  There's also a Cydia tweak for Jalbroken devices that reverses the normal autocorrect function. ie it only corrects if you tap the suggested spelling.

  • justine (View all users posts) 04 Apr 2013 9:40pm ()

    at the moment we have been using  a basic number ordering act, may look into the number bingo.  not sure which one she used for her writing she used it with TA.  problem we are having 2 many classes not enough ipads. will also look at the sock puppet one

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