Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ipads in the classroom

This an interesting video about Ipads in the classroom.

aIpads in the classroom have endless possibilities to help children. They make learning fun and exciting for children. They provide another tool for teachers to use in the classroom. They can be used for multiple purposes and can be customized to fit your classroom. They can be used in any grade or subject area. We use them in out prek classroom daily. We use them in centers. We have one actual Ipad and the rest are tablets. We use them for letter and number recognition as well as handwriting. The letters and numbers can be traced with their fingers. There are games that can be played for letter and number recognition.

These are apps that can be used on the Ipad in prek and kindergarten

PreK Letters and Numbers
This is an interactive learning system that teaches children Letters, Words, Numbers and Phonics in a fun and engaging way.

Letter School
Kids practice essential skills as they play four exciting games per letter/number.

First Words
First Words Deluxe is a very straightforward word-building game. Words are either said letter by letter as they are dragged into the appropriate gray boxes or, if chosen in the settings, a smaller set of words can be sounded out with phonics. This makes this game a treat for both pre-readers and early spellers.

Word Wagon
As the little mouse and bird bop along, kids can tap any item they pass and try to spell it. Depending on the level you choose, you can either see the silhouettes of the letters in place, or try to spell it without any such hints. For each word they spell, kids will win an animated sticker for their virtual sticker book. And every three correct spellings earn them a chance to play a connect-the-stars constellation game.

Mobile technology has become a must have in classroom today. It allows students to investigate topics without being in a computer lab. They can move around and have technology wherever they are. Roblyer and Doeling (2013) explain that, "Students can take notes, gather data, or do research from wherever they are and have easy, fast access to resources such as writing labs and digital production labs". This technology has no walls. It is also easy for more than one student to "crows around" and participate in this technology together. Teachers also benefit from this technology. Roblyer and Doeling (2013) point out that teachers can monitor students more effectively by using technology such as Ipads. It allows the student's progress to be immediate and continuous. The technology is also wonderful for students with disabilities. Roblyer and Doeling (2013) point out that this technology is effective for people with sensory impairments and physical disabilities. They can function better in regular classrooms with the aid of things such as an Ipad. There is also a virtual reality for students with visual impairments. I believe that every classroom is unique and all of the student's needs are unique. This type of technology is unique and can fit many different needs. I would recommend a Ipad in every classroom.

1 comment:

  1. Reading your post got me thinking about what a process it has been to get computer/internet access for students (out of date technology, booked computer labs, not enough computers, etc.) I agree that using iPads can make technology usage in the classroom more productive. It's exciting to think where we have been and where we are headed in education! Thanks for the post. Nice job!