Sunday, September 23, 2012


The iPads have arrived!  It has been so exciting exploring and using the iPads.  I'm not sure who is having more fun---students, teachers, or me! 
The sixth grade has been studying biomes in science.  We met in the library last week for an introduction to the iPads.  We first talked about usage and responsibility.  It's fun to ask how many students have experience with iPads.  Our school librarian pulled all the books from the shelves for the students.  Groups were formed and research began.  I created a portal for the students to use which helps narrow the search while staying on safe sites. 
(This can also be found in the student resource section on this blog). 
It has been thrilling watching the groups interact cooperatively to complete their assignment.  The integration of technology has been seamless with this group of sixth graders. 
We have a few tricks up our sleeves for the completed projects.  Stay tuned.
Julia taking notes while using the portal to research.
Fourth Graders had fun exploring with the iPads.  They logged on to IXL for some extra math practice.
Anders working on a math problem.
Third Graders have also had an opportunity to use the iPads.  We used the free app educreations to become creative writers and artists.  This app has become a favorite of many students.  We plan on creating student presentations in the near future.  Students also had a great time with the camera on the iPad.  What's more fun--taking a picture of yourself, your friends, or your teachers?
My good friend Stephanie helps me with her third grade class. 
This picture was taken by a third grader with the new iPads.

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