Saturday, October 29, 2011
Since I asked for advice on what apps to use when I first got my iPad, I thought I'd share what I'm using so far. We start our day with a Brain Pop video and quiz (I can't believe this app is free - it's fantastic!!!). I was having a bit of a problem getting all my students to enter the classroom quickly after they came in to the school in the mornings. Now when they enter, they know they have 60 seconds until I start the movie ... the problem has been solved. The students (and I) really enjoy the movies, and I love the wording of the multiple choice questions. Definitely a HIT!
I bought the iTooch app ($4.99 each) for both math and language. It's based on grade 5 curriculum, so it's a perfect fit for my grade 5/6 class. Completing the practice questions, and then the short quiz takes about 5 minutes, and is a great way to start my math and language classes. I try to do one lesson every second day.
I recently used Songify (another free one) in math class, and the students loved it so much, I'll definitely be doing it again. I had each student write a phrase or math sentence related to place value. Each group recorded themselves saying the phrase, and then we played it back in song format. SO.MUCH.FUN!
I want to use my iPad in my guided reading groups. I thought it would be great to record the students reading, then have them play it back to reflect on their fluency, phrasing, or expression. Does anybody do something similar to this? What app would you suggest? I've downloaded a few free ones, but if there is something out there you LOVE, I'd LOVE to know ...