Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
At OLOL Seven Hills the Stage 3 children have been enjoying learning through exploration and discovery with the iPad's in the classroom. We have been using the iPad's in Maths, Menu Board Groups and Integrated lessons.
In Maths lessons, the students take turns completing mentals for 10 minutes using the following apps: - Times Tables - Math Board - Pizza Math - Let's do Math! and - Math Ninja.
In Menu Board the children are able to use the iPad to play spelling games or read books. We have used the following apps: - Hangman - Word Search -Toy Story -Alice in Wonderland -Jack and the Beanstalk -The 3 little Pigs - Word Dropping and -Puppet Pals.
Our Integrated Unit this term is on Antarctica. We have downloaded 4 different apps labelled, "Antarctica" which all have great links and valuable information on different animals, explorers and Antarctica itself.
So far we are enjoying using the iPads and find they are a valuable motivational tool!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I have found the following programs very useful:
- Let's Do Math! - suitable for lots of age groups where the concept of 3+1+ 3 or 5-3+2-1+2 is understood. There are multiple levels, a time limit for the users plus positive comments along the way. When you make a mistake, it says things like "Uh uh" and "Oh, time's up" It is a race against the clock so you need to think quickly.
- ABC Blocks on the Farm - suitable for infants/lower primary children. Is a spelling activity where the blocks that display the letters need to be placed on top of each other. It is not left to right spelling activity as would be the normal convention but top to bottom.
- Google Earth - just like the desktop application - but you need to be on a www connection. Suitable for any student needing access to the software.
- Amazing Facts - Multiple categories with facts written on pieces of paper the shape of a head. An example of a fact is "In Australia, 225 of adults will never have children." (Note- sources are not given.) Suited to any age where the text can be read.
- Animal Eyes - Fun - Flickr photos that focus on the eyes of different animals - from snails and frogs to elephants and crocodiles. Could be used with infant students.
- Trip View - Rail, Bus and Ferry Maps. Fantastic app. Multiple uses.
- Mini Piano - could be used in any class. Only has 8 notes but very clear. Would be great on an IWB or large screen to teach notes on a piano.
- Puppet Pals - from Kinder to the grave! A must have. Fantastic application for those wanting students to write and perform a play using the characters provided. Additional characters can be purchased but it is worth it.
- Sticky Notes - All ages - Just like the sticky notes on a MAC. You are able to take notes on "Post-it" style notes.
- Jumbo Calculator - Great for those learning to use a calculator. Would be fantastic on an IWB or large screen.
Just sharing that St Agnes has located and already have started to use a very good App called iFile. With iFile you can upload files from your computer to your ipad via a wifi connection. You upload your files to a specific IP address and once you run your app on your ipad the files are downloaded onto your device. It also works when sending files from the ipad to the specific IP address.
This kind of app is very useful when transferring files from the ipad to multiple computers without using itunes and a cable.
We are also wondering if any school has been successful in connecting their devices via Bluetooth?
We have attempted to connect our ipads to each other and to other devices but on all occasions the ipad has failed to locate the other devices. This is still the case when using a Bluetooth file transfer app.
- Introduction to the iPad
- Navigation of the iPad features
- Downloading Apps
- Syncing iPads in the school
- Ebooks and reading with iPads
- Special needs uses
- Marco Torres showcasing use of Apps in Education.