So here we go ... Camille's adventures with iPads .... Part One
After school on Monday I attended a four hour training on using iPads in the classroom. I will be receiving 26 iPads to use with my class thanks to a district grant so this training was to get me going. Since I had never, ever used an iPad I tried to soak up as much as I could at the training.
Day One: Tuesday
I took the one iPad I received at the training into class. (The other 25 iPads are being prepped.) During stations my students took turns using the one iPad. I quickly discovered that even those students who had never used an iPad before, quickly left me in the dust. I just had them use Doodle Buddy (a free drawing app) to introduce them to a touchscreen.
Day Two: Wednesday
I introduced my students to a new app by placing my iPad on the document camera. Students were easily able to see it and thought it was super cool to see the iPad so very, very big! The app we used today was ShowMe. It turns the iPad into a whiteboard that records what you write AND what you say. I am in love with this app and plan to use it all the time. (... and can you believe it is free????) I made a few recording myself and showed one to the class. They were hooked! I asked for three volunteers to come in at lunch and try out the app. (That way my maiden voyage with my class and this app could be done without a huge audience.) The videos turned out great! They actually made me cry. I admit to being a sap, but really, hearing my firsties voices explaining how to solve a math problem is so endearing. Here is one example. If you could see the huge smile on this little girl's face when we played back her recording, you would cry too!!! Just so precious!!!
In addition to math, ShowMe could be used to record student writing (as long as it is only a sentence or two because that is all that will fit on the screen). Or to give directions or teach a lesson to the class.
Although I am excited about getting an iPad for every student, it is nice to have just one to start with. This way I can ease into this new learning situation. It is exciting, but also scary. I am so glad that I have my bloggy friends to hold my hand in my new adventure!
Lots and lots of love to all,