This year, we are trialling the use of iPads throughout the school. For the first session, students from Grades 1, 2 and 4 have been integrating iPads into their units of inquiry.
Grade 1′s have used iPads to photograph and video members of the community as part of their ‘Our School Community’ inquiry. They have also integrated ‘Write and Play’ and ‘Phonics-1st’ into their daily literacy programme.
Grade 2 students have learned how to take photographs , find images connected with their ‘Healthy Choices’ unit from a safe search engine and upload their work to the app ‘Pearltrees’. Last week students also used the apps ‘Eat-and-Move’ and ‘My yoga_free’ to explore the components of healthy living.
Grade 4 students have been using the iPads to complete pre-assessments and concept maps using the app, ‘Popplet’ and photographs they took around the school campus (see a screenshot below). Students have also used the iPads for research using a pathfinder site called ‘Symbaloo’ and the Library OPAC. For their final assessment students will choose from a variety of creation tools to share their knowledge and understanding of an invention of their choice, as part of their ‘Discoveries and Inventions’ unit of inquiry.
Grade 5 students have also used the iPads for research through the Library OPAC and to explore the app ‘EmPOWERed kids’ in relation to their ‘Electricity’ unit.
The iPads were launched in Secondary School last week and students explored the apps, ‘Keynote’, ‘Prezi’, ‘Bamboo Paper’ and ‘GarageBand’ in connection with their Personal Projects.
The photos in this post were edited using a great app called, ‘My Sketch’. This app is $2.49 at the Appstore. All other apps mentioned in this post, except for ‘Keynote’, are available for free from the Appstore.