Today I am linking up with The Brown-Bag Teacher to discuss iPads.
I will begin by telling a story.
I was sitting on a panel in front of a group of teachers. We were asked to name one "go to" app. I decided to name Doodle Buddy since I used it with my kinders all the time. But before I could answer, I heard a fifth grade teacher answer, "Doodle Buddy". What?!? I thought of Doddle Buddy as an app for primary students. Fifth grade?!?
Yep. Doodle Buddy is a versatile app that can be used with any grade level. Doodle Buddy allows students to paint, draw or even stamp pictures.
Unfortunately, I can only share how I use this app with kindergartners. But I am hopeful, my ideas will spur you brilliant upper grade teachers to come up with even better ideas of your own.
Here are some ways I use Doodle Buddy with kindergartners:
- Students use two (or three) colors to create a pattern. Another student has to tell what comes next.
- I make a pattern with our manipulative bears (example: blue, red, red ... abb) and students have to make that same pattern using two different colors on their iPads.
- Students use two (or three) shape stamps to make a pattern.
- I make a pattern using attribute shapes (example: circle, square, triangle ... abc). Students have to stamp that same pattern on their iPads, using different shapes.
- I make a pattern (example: aab) and students make that same pattern on their iPads, but they get to decide if they will make that pattern with shapes or colors or size.
What I am loving about all of this is that my students can quickly make multiple patterns this way. They can take a screen shot of their patterns and then add it to the photo roll on their iPad. Pretty cool! Sounds like the beginning of a portfolio to me!
2) Addition / Subtraction
- Students create a drawing to match an addition or subtraction problem I give them. They can draw circles / triangles / squares or they can use the stamps.
- A student creates a drawing and a partner writes an equation to match the drawing. (Both the drawing and the equation can be created using Doodle Buddy.)
- I gave students a number (example: 5) and students decompose the number. I had them begin by drawing two squares and then drawing dots in each square. Then students shared the various ways they had decomposed. For example, one student drew 3 dots in one square and 2 dots in another. A different student drew 5 dots in one square and 0 dots in the other square. Then students erase their responses and come up with a second way to decompose the number.
- Students draw and label various shapes. They can even take photos of a variety of items in the room, open the photos in Doodle Buddy and then label the shapes.
Yep, I L.O.V.E. Doodle Buddy!!!! What app do you love? Please link to The Brown-Bag Teacher and let us know.
Love to all,