Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wordless lessons

I love using technology to allow students to think outside the box.  Students were challenged to use the iPads and the Haiku Deck app to put The Gettysburg Address in a few words as possible.  This challenged students to break down the vocabulary and analyze the meaning.  Here are a few examples.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Monday, October 14, 2013

Literature all around!

This year using the iPad Cart is a little different for my kids. I have 15 iPads instead of a 1:1 ratio because of sharing with Ms. Gaither's class. I still am very much excited to use the 15 that I have in the classroom especially with language arts.

A typical day in my classroom during language arts consists of stations. In those stations, I incorporate the iPads in three of the five stations. In my station the students, have to log in to download their guided reader from Edmodo. I have used Edmodo in the past but not like I am this year. I have also used the quiz tab to create a quiz for their guided reader. The students seem to like taking the quiz on the iPads.

The next station where the iPads are incorporated is in the Word Study station. After the kids have sorted their Words Their Way words, the students then can select different activities to complete. There are 5 or 6 activities that they can complete with the materials provided and that they can complete on the iPads. One of my favorites is the magnetic alphabet. The students practice using this app to spell their words for the week. 

They also enjoy using the Spelling City App. They enjoy playing the games that work on the spelling words for the week. 

At the last station, the students are interacting with the books they read by responding and posting in Edmodo. Each small guided reading group has a different question to respond to based on their guided reader. They then post their response and respond to another student in the class. At first, the students were not going into detail but once I put a rubric in place the writings got better. Below is an example of a response from Edmodo.

Each week the students are introduced to a new iPad app that they will be using in the classroom during stations. Check out these apps mentioned before and test them out. Your kids will love them just like mine.