Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tune into Technology Linky- iPad edition! :)



Hello everyone! I am excited to participate in my second linky party today! I’m linking up with Alyin and Amanda over at Learning to the Core for their Tune into Technology; it’s all about the iPad today. This linky stays open until next Thursday, so head on over and share your brilliant ideas! ;)

I have been an Apple addict for the past few years now, so this linky is so perfect for me to participate in! This past spring during my final internship, my college gave each of us an iPad to use in the classroom. We were participating in a study to see the effect that technology had in the classroom. We had to record and monitor how much we used it and how students responded. Unfortunately we had to give the iPad back at the end of the semester and I was so incredibly sad! However, for graduation my awesome parents and husband got me an iPad mini so that I could continue to use it when I began teaching in my own class. Hooray!! :-)

Classroom Management:

The first way that I was able to use this piece of awesome technology and probably the most effective was by using Class Dojo. If you have never used this program- oh my goodness! It was a lifesaver for my sweet, but overly social class ;) I wanted to place them into groups to work together, but I knew I would have trouble with their talking. So I devised a plan! I used Class Dojo to get them to work together and earn points for their table groups. I cannot tell you how incredibly well this worked! On Fridays, the top earning team came back to the room to eat lunch and I always had an extra special surprise waiting. These students worked so hard and they motivated each other. Not only did they earn points for being on task, but they also earned them for praising other teams and their teammates. This helped prevent the constant nagging on each other and arguments from forming. In addition, they would also lose points for poor sportsmanship. I really wanted to create a family environment and this helped with that. I would recommend it to any teacher that wants a new type of classroom management tool that they can even use on the go. I would carry my iPad with me at all times to award and remove points as necessary (this really helped my 4th graders learn to walk in the hall!) :-) I love it! It is free as well, so download it and check it out!

Math:

The Quick Math app is one that my students LOVED to play if they drew the iPad stick from the “I’m Done” jar! It is a fact-based game that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. There is also an option for mixed where they can practice all skills. Each of the choices has the option of choosing beginner, intermediate, advanced, and extreme. So it’s also great for differentiated learning! I hope that you will check out this app for your iPad, I’m sure there are so many ways you could incorporate it!

Writing:
An app called Cursive Practice changed the lives of some of my 4th graders this past spring. Unfortunately, cursive is just something that is NOT focused on here- but I really believe it to be important! On the choice board each week, the students had some activity that included cursive practice. Considering some of my students couldn’t even write their names in cursive- I had to work with quite a few of them to help get them going. This app contains individual letters in both uppercase and lowercase, words, sentences, and even numbers to practice. They loved to sit and use the stylus to learn how to create the letters and connect them. I loved seeing their progress and how they improved over time. I think any teacher would appreciate this app, but mostly third grade and up would benefit!


Well, since I shared so much about these two- I think I’ll save some apps for next time ;) I’m interested in this DonorsChoose.org site- how do I go about doing it? Where do I start? Any and all advice would be lovely!

Thanks everyone!

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10 comments:

  1. Lindsay,
    I'm glad you included a cursive app. Not many schools have to focus it, but it's still good to know. I think the inclusion of the stylus with it is just about perfect. Thanks for sharing

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. The students LOVED the stylus! :) I'm glad I was able to incorporate it more while I was in that classroom and I was able to help the students love writing in cursive! Thanks for following my blog and taking the time to comment! :)

      Lindsay

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  2. Class Dojo is an app I'm very interested in starting this year. It probably could have worked wonders for the class I had this year.;) Thanks for linking up.

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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    1. Hey Kristin!
      I have to say that this app saved my sanity this year! As wonderful as those students were academically, they would miss everything I said because of their chatter. Once I started using this, problems decreased to almost zero! I hope you give it go! I don't think you'll turn back :)

      Thanks for commenting!
      Lindsay

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  3. Hi Lindsay,
    The little 1st graders at my school just loved Class Dojo this past year-- and I actually think the excitement never wore off- which is awesome!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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    1. I agree! My students just loved the thrill and competition aspect. :) I cannot wait to use it again!
      Thank you for the awesome opportunity to link up! This was a fabulous topic!
      Lindsay

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  4. I just loaded the cursive app. Thanks for the tip! I had to throw in cursive at the end of the year this past year and didn't feel like I was able to give enough instruction. This could help!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. I'm glad I shared an app you could use! :) the cursive app was definitely the most used app while I was in that classroom. I was really able to help those students that needed the practice! There are so many ways you could incorporate it! Thank you for taking the time to check it out and comment on here! :)

      Lindsay

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  5. I love your modification to using Class Dojo. I tried to use it as a whole class... but I would spend the whole time searching for certain students names. Having just the tables would be so much easier. Thanks for sharing :) ~Cara Lee

    The Sweet Life of Cara Lee

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    1. You are welcome! It truly was a life saver in this class using it for the tables to work for. It was amazing when I needed them to quiet down, all i needed to do was pick up my iPad or walk to the board and pull up the tables point values. It got their attention immediately :) I hope it works for you!

      -Lindsay

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