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@Kristina How about a way for

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How about a way for teachers to share information about the apps they're using? That way there's an opportunity to build up a body of best practices amongst teachers, and if someone installed something funky, then you'll know.

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Here's a good blog post to go

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Here's a good blog post to go along with "Mistakes Made #2: Selecting Software" - http://blog.wowzers.com/bid/276638/Five-Things-Educational-iPad-Platform...

First grade teacher/graduate student from Texas

Even though I don't really

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Even though I don't really encourage bringing an ipad to school in first grade, I think ipads can be very useful in the classroom for secondary level education. I have junior high aged boys who both take their ipad mini and itouch to school. However, I am disappointed that they don't use their devices for their advantage. I understand it may be a challenge to keep this age of students on task but the ipads are so beneficial in the classroom. Having a mom for a teacher is not always fun, especially when I am always suggesting to "look it up on your ipad" during homework time. I just don't get it. Our children have so much at their fingertips but choose not to take advantage of the resources. I know my boys are listening to music and texting while in school because I received an imessage from my son when he should have been reading. Reading your blog would be beneficial to our teachers who may not want to deal with ipads at all. Just like any part of your day: get a plan and execute. The students will follow your lead.

Math Specialist/School Test Coordiator

A set of 30 iPads were just

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A set of 30 iPads were just purchased for my elementary school for the 2013-2014 school year. In anticipation for this I attended a workshop over the summer that models new and innovative ways to incorporate the iPads, and other technologies, into instruction. There is a way to lock the iPad so that student searches are restricted. One of the biggest take aways for me was that it is important for your school or county to purchase certain apps for students to really be able to make use of the iPad as more than just drill activities. IBooks was a great app that, when used well, students can create presentations in class. It is important that the teachers are comfortable with the technology as well, or comfortable enough to allow their students to share their knowledge. Good luck!

3rd Grade Teacher

I had that same problem when

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I had that same problem when they typed in sites or we lose time in just getting to the site. I found that if you download a QR codes creator you can make bar codes for the kids to scan. These bar codes will be the approved sites you want them to go to so they do not accidentally get into a site they should not. I use the application called Qrafter. You can label and laminate these codes and put them in a notebook or tape them in an easy to scan spot.

Math Teacher, 5th grade

The iPad Pool Our school

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The iPad Pool

Our school has recently received a cart of iPads, and they will be available for use this school year. Most teachers took advantage of a one-day training offered by the district. This was a good introduction on using an iPad, but it fell short of offering concrete ways to integrate iPad use in the classroom. We went over several apps but it is still up to the teacher to figure out how to use this technology to effectively teach content/process standards.
I, personally, am excited to integrate iPads into my mathematics classroom. I think the level of engagement will increase exponentially. I just have this sinking feeling that I will be spending countless hours of my own time to figure out how to do it. Fortunately, I enjoy technology and this will mostly feel like playing to me. Many of my colleagues, however, do not want to invent a curriculum for iPad use when there are paper/pencil options.
As a PLC facilitator in our building, I feel the most effective way to increase technology use in our building will be to have those who are excited and willing to dive into the iPad pool share their experiences with other staff members. I think this will be an authentic way to build interest and buy-in across our building and district.
Thank you for the link to Sublime Learning. I look forward to researching how this might support our staff's growing use of technology. When we launch our PLC's this year, I can see this being a useful tool as we inquire about how to best support our students.

4th Grade teacher

I appreciated your post. Our

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I appreciated your post. Our school purchased a cart of ipads for shared use among 3 classrooms for this year. I am very excited and have been exploring how to use them. I am also overwhelmed with the number of resources and how to narrow it down to the best, so that student learning is enhanced. I appreciate the websites you shared and plan to look into them. I was wondering if you had thoughts on how to establish criteria for adding programs or apps to the ipads. Would you suggest that teachers are allowed to add anything they want to the ipads or that there be a process that they go through to get an app approved for using? As I have been researching this summer, I have been particularly interested in making sure that the apps we add are not only drill apps, but are ones that encourage critical thinking, allow students to be creative, and encourage collaboration.

First Grade

I bought an iPad with the

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I bought an iPad with the hopes of incorporating in my classroom a year ago. I use it a little bit, but not nearly what I had hoped to do. Right now with my class, it is best utilized with small groups. The students are so excited to use it and it really gets them excited. I have found some reading programs that we use and some math games. I really would like to find something to use with the whole class but like everyone else need some more time to do research on what is out there. I actually just stopped by the Apple store yesterday to see what workshops they have coming up, but there was not anything in the area for teachers. I'm hopeful that they will have something soon. Thank you for the tips you shared on avoiding common mistakes. Our school does have a filter but even that is not foolproof. I have seen my 6 year old students pull up some pretty strange stuff when they accidentally mistype the address they are looking for on our classroom computers! They did not intentionally seek out the site but still got on something inappropriate.
I have also heard buzzings from the administrators that textbooks are on the way out as technology improves. The more we learn about them now, the easier it will be for all of us in the future.

Elementary Reading Specialist and TBIP teacher

I received an iPad last year

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I received an iPad last year and was told to look up apps that would benefit the students in my classroom. I had no idea where to begin. I began searching and I was overwhelmed. I also did not want to buy an app that would turn out to be absolutely useless. So far I have used the iPad to check my email and follow along with our agenda during collaboration times. As you said, we have to have support before we can implement new technology in the classroom. I not only need support, but I need resources. I plan to check into the 3 resources you listed, and I hope that will aid in my resource dilemma. Are there any apps or resources out there that have been proven to be useful in an elementary reading classroom? I would appreciate any suggestions. Also, I only have the one iPad so keep that in mind. Thank you for your information Ben. It has been helpful.

Administrator, author and educator

Joanna: I keep forgetting

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Joanna:

I keep forgetting that some teachers view everything they write down as part of their evaluation, and therefore are hesitant to take any risks. This is a sad commentary on our profession. Basically, if I told the teachers that the iPad lessons would not be part of their evaluations, then I could guarantee support and participation in requiring a lesson a week with integrated iPad learning... Hmmm.

I like your idea of reflections about how things were going each week. It makes the assumption that some technology was being used, and asks teachers to share lessons learned. I can see that this sort of attitudinal survey would be valuable in gauging the relative buy in of the iPad implementation.

Thanks for your comments.

Ben Johnson
San Antonio, Texas

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