|iPads can capture new concepts we are learning. They also give us opportunities to design and create as well. In the photos you see some students practicing sight words, another takes a photo of a sight word that was created with playdough!|
We used Airserver to explore the different features of Doodle Buddy. This is an App that we will use to help us with our mathematical thinking and our reading and writing!
This morning we explored the App, Doodle Buddy. Click here if you want to get it. It is a great App because we can use it when we are learning about letters, numbers, patterns and words too! Today we explored using the drawing tool and the wallpaper. AirServer was great to use too because we can compare and contrast our ideas!
AirServer in Kindergarten!
This morning we explored using AirServer to help us see multiple ways of creating a number! AirServer is a way to remotely access what is on an iPad. This helps us think deeply about the many ways we can represent a number.
Today we played a new math game with dice and the App, NumberRak on our iPads. 1st- you roll 2 dice. 2nd- you add the dice. 3rd- you create the sum of the dice on the iPad!
iPads Capture What We Want To Share!
iPads are amazing tools. We use them to deepen our understanding of concepts we are learning. We also use them to capture things we want to share. Each of us has different ideas about what is important.
We have many opportunities to create and design things in Kindergarten with a variety of materials. iPads give us a way to share what we are exploring and discovering.
Today we created ourselves using an iPad! We discovered that if you took a picture of yourself, you can use the picture to help you see yourself so you can draw all of your features. Our self portraits are pretty awesome!
We have been exploring different geometric shapes and their attributes. On our iPad we have an app called; Geoboard. Lots of possibilities here!
Air Server is a great way to share and collaborate! When we share our ideas, we get inspired!
iPads help us collaborate and share how many different ways we can represent a number. Look at some of our great mathematical ideas!
iPads Help Us Think Deeply About Numbers!
NumberRak helps us subitize numbers. We can also see what makes a number too!
This morning during our math workshop time we created numbers by writing them and by using our NumberRak app on our iPads. This was a fun way for us to deepen our understanding of "how to" create numbers. Doodle Buddy is a great app to use because we can write with it and it is easy to "Change Our Thinking" too!
iPads Are Great For Creating Our Portraits!
This is a wonderful way for the children to see how a technological tool can be helpful in regards to our learning.
After reading a great story my students were creating their own reflection of what they could and could not see. We started with mirrors, but then my intern and another student said; "Let's use the iPads." So we did and what a great idea. Our photo remained unchanged so we could check for all of our facial features.
What Apps Are We Exploring Today?
Each day we use iPads in a variety of ways to enhance what we are learning in Kindergarten. When we are using iPads we always have a focus about what and how we are using them in regards to our learning. Each morning during our exploration/independent play time we check the circle area to see what apps we are exploring. Thanks to Ms. Rachel for this grand idea! Now we can make independent choices by ourselves.
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Look What We Discovered On Our iPads!
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This year our iPads have these really great stands that we can use too! We have been learning a lot about curved lines and straight lines. We created lots of different things using both types of lines.
iPads Help Us Document Our Learning!
iPads are now part of our math workshop rotation! The children use the iPads to help reinforce basic numeration skills and skip counting!
Today the children used an iPad to log onto their kidblog! Wow! The children were creating a title and making a post about anything they wanted to share. Some tips to think about when you are posting with your child.....
1. Let your child sound out the words they want to say.
2. Tell your child to press the space bar after they write each word.
3. Create a title.
4. Submit for preview
More Learning With iPads!
After the children have had an opportunity to explore a little with this app, I have asked kids to count forwards, then when they reach a certain #, let's say 20. I would say, now count backwards. The trick here I have found is to have the child touch one # while counting backwards, if they do not another # will appear in counting order as I believe that is what the app is programed to do.
Another thing I tried and was successful in doing was to have the kids count to 10 or whatever # you wish, depending on the level of the child and then to ask the child to touch the # i say, like press 10, etc. Nice for # ID. Then I tried having the kids place #'s, 1-10, 9-21, etc. Then I ask the children to touch the # that is either before or after a certain number. This was also very successful and fun for the kids. Again, having the kids being careful to press 1 # otherwise the app will produce the next # that appears in counting order.
The video below give you a quick view of how the children are using these amazing tools.