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ipads in the classroom

Flo Anthony 4th grade teacher

The 4th grade at my school will be piloting ipads in the classroom this fall. Each student will receive an ipad for use in regular and enrichment classes. Please share apps you have used and ideas for ipad technology in the classroom. We have been doing a great deal of research on this topic, but it would be great to hear from other teachers who use technology in the classroom. I plan to share throughout the pilot.

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Developer Who Wants to Partner with Education

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I saw this message in my Edutopia email and felt compelled to comment. I am a developer in the banking industry but I am expanding my horizons with a real passion to serve education. I am surrounded by educators, my Wife, Mother, and Mother-in-Law. I am scheduled for an intensive development class in July. I am reading and just getting started with iOS development but I am talking with teachers around me about customizing apps to cater to curriculum for teaching key concepts. My mother is beginning a social studies/language arts block next year. Her plan is to work on literacy skills development driven primarily through the social studies curriculum. I'm hoping to gear my app development toward the same type of goal.

I can't really offer a suggestion to the original question since I am just starting but I may need to engage discussion groups like this as I move forward. Let me know if you are particularly interested. I envision needing a bank of educators with vision to help drive what I want to build.

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Want to use ipads with 7th

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Want to use ipads with 7th grade science students this year. How did you get ipads for each student. I teach a total of 120 students. I willl need a class room set of about 20.

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Remember about saving stuff

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When multiple students are using the same iPad, make sure they save their files and work to the cloud- either by using dropbox or something else, otherwise you'll go crazy trying to make sure every kid has the same iPad the next day

8th Grade Special Education Teacher

iPads in Buchanan, MI

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The app Science 360 for iPads is an awesome resource!

4th grade teacher

ipads

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Wow! I haven't checked back because the faculty members involved in the pilot just recently received the ipads and macbooks. Tomorrow we should get our codes to use when purchasing apps. I will be teaching reading workshop to 3 4th grade classes. I plan to use apps for note taking, mind/story mapping, fluency practice, vocabulary etc. I am about to start reading your idea filled comments!

4th grade teacher

apps

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Thank you! I will check them out.

4th grade teacher

thanks! i will share with my

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thanks! i will share with my coworkers!

Principal

I am new to this particular

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I am new to this particular blog and thank you for allowing me to participate. Our school has just received a grant and we will be piloting iPADs and laptops where we will be integrating technology into our curriculum. I want to begin our integrations in small increments. Any suggestions? We will be receiving training on these devices sometime in the fall.

4th grade teacher

I agree with beginning in

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I agree with beginning in small increments. Our students will use The iPads in all subjects including art, music, and Spanish. I teach reading workshop and will begin with note taking and mind mapping apps. The students will also get grammar, spelling, and math practice apps to use in those classes. The teachers participating in the pilot received their iPads this summer, so I have been testing apps. Many are free, but I have purchased a couple. I will use the app confer when conferencing with students in reading class. It is a must to be comfortable with the apps. Although most kids are familiar with iPods, itouch, iPhones etc, some of the apps do have some confusing quirks.
They will not take the devices home initially. Our instructional technology specialist will be discussing safety with parents and students as the iPads will not have the web filters for safety that our school PCs have. We have had one introductory session with an Apple rep. It was really for us to decide if we wanted to participate in the pilot. We have another scheduled at the end of the month. We do have a great many ideas for integrating this technology into the classroom. For example creating comic strips and student authored ebooks. Do check back often because I will be posting, and the others posting are providing a wealth of ideas!!

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