I am very fortunate that my current school has a cart of full sized iPads and a cart of iPad minis. In addition all teachers have an iPad to use with students in the classroom. This has allowed us to create lessons that are engaging and before the iPads either cumbersome to do or impossible to accomplish. Here I have compiled, and will continue to add some of the lessons we have done with the iPads.
Introduction to my favourite Apps and App-Smashing!
Suggested Paid Apps to use in the Classroom:
This is the app that can be used in so many ways. It is the best 2.99 you can pay for an app. It is easy to use and has so many possibilities. One of the best uses in the classroom is to have students create Explain Everything videos and then import them in to Book Creator to create interactive books on a topic. Check out this Explain Everything tutorial below:
Book Creator"The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store.
Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on." Students at my school have made interactive books on a variety of topics this year in several subject areas.
Suggested Free Apps to use in the Classroom:
Pic Collage is an easy and versatile app. Students can easily create collages with pictures, text, and stickers. The pictures can be from within the app or pictures students take on the iPad. Here are some ways I have had students use Pic Collage:
Tellagami is one of the favourite apps of students at my school. Student's create a Gami of themselves talking about a variety of possible topics. Here are some ways students have used Tellagami this year:
Haiku Deck is a great app that is also available as a web based activity. I find that the App has more options and is easier to use. My students like to create quick and easy slideshows to enhance their oral presentations or to show learning. I like to make slideshows to teach concepts. I enjoy how easy they are to make, and they are a great alternative to Power Point.
One of my favourite free apps is Screen Chomp. I love using it to deliver and record lessons. In addition, students have been using it to create tutorials and demonstrate learning and understanding on a topic. Recently, I gave students a 6 digit number. They then had to describe, using divisibility rule why the number was or was not divisible by 2,3,4,6,8,9 and 10. It was a great assessment tool, and the students had fun making their 'screen chomp' test!