I currently have 10 ipads in the classroom; all are set up through a classroom Google account. This allows automatic/passworded access to:
- our blogs
- gmail - we can email many of our app creations
- the itunes store/icloud storage (controlled by teacher via a separate password)
Our ipads are used individually, in pairs, or in groups of 3 (video projects only)
And are used for: writing, maths, reading, inquiry and for general exploring!
When planning activities or selecting apps for the ipads I try to keep in mind the SAMR model for technology tool use in the classroom (aiming for transformation activities where-ever possible:
Image created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/
APPS WE LOVE TO USE ON OUR CLASS iPADS:
- SUBSTITUTION - iBooks, Vimeo, Google Maps, Wonderopolis, WWF Together, Number Line,Weird But True (Nat.Geog), Touch‘n’Slide Calculator, Math Slide (Add/Sub etc), Tap Quiz Maps, Safari (for reading websites/searching for info)
- AUGMENTATION - Blogger, Comic Life, Wonderopolis, Typing Game, Google Earth, Kura, Piano, Maestro, padlet.com (used via Safari), Kibo 360, Let’s Get Inventing, Toon FX, PhotoBooth, and many MANY maths/spelling apps!
- MODIFICATION - Shadow Puppet, Tellagami, My Story, Show Me, Puppet Pals, Sock Puppets, Comics Head, Friendstrip
- REDEFINITION - iMovie, Explain Everything, GarageBand
The SAMR model as applied to the use of a wiki - good visual example
Chart with simple explanation