The excitement in our grade five classroom has been hard to contain over the last few weeks, just knowing that the IPads were arriving! Trying to harness that energy and apply it to learning has been much easier than I anticipated. We had a bit of a crash course on setting them up and good practices – Thanks Von!! We were then off and running!
The apps that we have chosen are lending themselves across the curriculum. The students are independently taking on challenges to learn new technology and expand their creativity. They are taking risks with new apps that they are not familiar with and learning things they did not know they could learn. Many are confidently sharing what they have figured out, even those who are not our typical leaders.
In language arts we have started working on cartoons. There are 3 different apps that we will be trying, each with varying templates and levels of direction. The students are currently exploring with Puppet Pals. They are looking at character, setting, plot, theme and problem in a fun app.
In math we will be investing more time in journaling and blogging. Of course we are using many of the web sites to practice fun math, the kind where they are learning but don’t know it yet!! I plan on exploring more of the educational apps out there but have only used math workout so far.
The students are using their IPads in their music class with the music teacher as well. In music, students are exploring ways to make music videos by using pre-made songs and matching them with pictures, videos and effects that they have made. Students are verbally contributing to elements needed to make videos, through peer and self assessment. Students have been exploring two different apps for these videos; videolicious and video star. We are looking into ways to create our own music on these apps to match with our created visual effects. We plan on exploring more musical apps to help create original works.