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ipads in the classroom

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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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Michael's picture
Project Leader at ShowMe

I can't resist giving a plug for ShowMe. It allows ridiculously simple creation and sharing of lessons. Check out a demo at showmeapp.com and let me know if you want to join the beta program. You can email me at michael@showmeapp.com

Rick Linet's picture
Rick Linet
7th Grade Math Teacher Framingham, MA

Does anyone know of funding for Ipads or Xooms in the classroom? Thanks.

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Audionote is a great app that will record the discussion in the classroom while letting a person take notes, and it syncs the audio with the notes for playback. This is amazing especially for kids that might be out sick- they could listen to a class discussion afterwards and read along with notes to get caught up, or to review for a test.

Dragon has a dictation app so you can speak and the app will print; great for kids who are struggling with the writing process;

Brainpop has a video and quiz attached- different movies every day. Today it was explaining the work "idiom" and giving examples in an entertaining way.

ihomework is a great calendaring app for kids to track assignments;

ithoughts HD is a great piece of mind mapping software- super easy to use;

Ideate works like a sketchpad

There are apps that work as lab timers; interactive table of elements- you name it. Even SAT review apps.

In the end, remember the iPad is just like a computer- access to the web and all it offers (less flash) and great apps that let you do everything from keynote presentations to artwork to document creation and beyond- let the lesson and pedagogy lead the way, not the very useful and attractive toy alone.

Jeremy Cartee's picture

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.

Peggy Felton's picture

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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