It has been nearly three weeks since the third grade teachers at SIS received five iPad Minis to use in their classroom. Here is what students and their instructors are saying about the iPad Minis:
Mrs. Wildings students:
“I like the iPad because it is smaller and I can take them anywhere” ~ Ory (Student)
“I like the iPad mini because it is faster and has more apps.” ~ William (Student)
“I like the iPad mini because it is easier to hold than a full iPad and the MacBooks are so heavy to carry.” Lukas (Student)
“We like Bluster because it makes word work fun!” William (Student)
“I really like Educreations because then we can make videos about what we have studied lately. We can post them on kid log and people can comment on them.” Ory (Student)
“I like Educreations because we can post on kid log and show what we learned.” William (Student)
Here is Mrs. Ruthai’s class website, it covers the first couple of days using the iPad Minis in their classroom.
Mr Callahan: The iPad mini has proven to be the perfect size for portable learning in my classroom. The size of the screen allows students to easily take pictures, audio or video recordings, and type with both thumbs while standing. This portability has made the use of apps such as Educreations, a strong tool for students to share, and document their knowledge. For Word Crafting, the students are able to use Spelling City and Bluster to practice word patterns. For reading, students used Educreations to explain how nonfiction text features make them better readers. For writing, students have been working on informational pieces, which will be typed up using Book Creator to make an interactive ebook. These will contain photos, videos and audio to enrich their nonfiction text. Finally for math, students have been able to apply their knowledge of symmetry by playing games like Reflekt, or demonstrate their understanding of polygons by using Geoboard.
Ms. Carino: During literacy centers, one of the activities the students do is scan a QR code to get a website called Wallwisher. In this application students build a wall with facts, take a picture related to that fact, and post it on twitter. Using an app called Educreations, students reflect on their learning by having to teach a lesson using video and writing features in the application. The students also use Kidblog during literacy hour to post blog entries for others to comment on their writing. Student have received positive comments from their parents and family from all over the world. Finally Math, students discover new ways to practice their facts by playing different games such as Monster Sushi or Beat the Computer.