EDT 704 iPad2

Assignment 1: Seven Web Sites and Articles


How will the iPad change education?

With current technology, schools won't need to buy paper copies of textbooks anymore. Instead they can pay a rental fee or subscription to have it on student iPads. The textbooks could be updated at any time to keep all information current that students are learning. After the students are done with the class they can just delete the text app. It would save on the environment due to not having to print the textbook on paper. Students could also use the iPad for other textbooks, apps, and to stay connected to other students.

How will the iPad change education? (2010, January 27). In PBS Teacherline. Retrieved May 13, 2011, from http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/blog/2010/01/how-will-the-ipad-change-education

Measuring the iPad's Potential in Education

iPads defiantly have a place in the classrooms. Using the iPad in the classroom can help connect teachers to their students. With the iPad having access to the internet and other applications, it even makes it easier for educators to teach their students. Using technology like the iPad will help students stay engaged and be connected to what they are learning. The only drawback when it comes to each child having an iPad is budget.

McCrea, B. (2010, January 27). Measuring the iPad's potential for education. In The Journal. Retrieved May 13, 2011, from http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/01/27/measuring-the-ipads-potential-for-education.aspx

The iPad-Breaking New Ground in Special Education

The iPad has been very beneficial in teaching students with special needs. The screen has been very appealing to special education students including those with autism. It is also beneficial for students who are unable to use a mouse. With the iPad students can touch the screen to communicate, learn and practice a variety of skills. The students can communicate their needs by touching pictures and using different communication apps. The iPad is a fraction of the cost as other communication devices which can cost around $10,000. Another benefit of the iPad is that students can have a schedule that they can access easily that has pictures, words, and audio.

Herbert, M. (2010, November). The iPad—breaking new ground in special education . In District Administration. Retrieved May 15, 2011, from http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2619

iPad Changes the World for Kids With Special Needs

The iPad wasn't intended for students with special needs but it has changed the world for many of them. The iPad has hundreds of special needs specific apps available that can make life easier. iPads are better than other devices due of size, weight, cost, and portability. With the many communication apps available, it can bridge the communication gap of non-verbal students. A mom of a 9-year-old non-verbal boy with autism describes their iPad as "nothing short of miraculous". Her son uses the iPad for many purposes including learning, communicating, entertainment and social stories. Even though the iPad is much cheaper than other special need devices, the cost is still an issue for many families. The HollyRod Foundation helps provide iPads and apps to children with special needs whose family cannot afford the device.

Hatzell, M. (2010, November 25). iPad changes the world for kids with special needs . In The Stir. Retrieved May 15, 2011, from http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/112940/ipad_changes_the_world_for

A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom

An eighth grade class is piloting using iPads instead of textbooks for algebra. The app is exactly the same as the Houghton Mifflin algebra textbook that the other classes use; however, it has videos of teachers explaining the math problems as they solve them. The iPad shows and explains how to get the answer where as the textbook just gives the answer. The videos have been one of the benefits students and the teacher have noticed when using the iPad v.s. the textbook. Students that were not interested in math and did not participate when using the textbooks have become more interested in the subject when using the iPad. Teacher, Jeannetta Michell, noticed that the iPad makes it more fun for students to learn and that it keeps them engaged.

Barseghian, T. (2011, January 26). A day in the life of the iPad classroom. In MindShift. Retrieved May 22, 2011, from http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/01/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-ipad-classroom/

Midland teacher uses Apple iPad to keep classroom innovative and organized

Anthony Bauer, a middle school teacher, uses his iPad in different ways throughout the classroom. He uses his iPad to give presentations, take attendance, monitor students work, enter grades, and organize data. When the students take a test he doesn't have them use paper and pencil, they enter their answers on a computer. That information is then automatically sent to Bauer's iPad. He can then monitor and record how each student answers. Bauer believes the iPad is going to be an important tool in the classroom. He admits that cost can be an issue when it comes to iPads but believes that as technology advances they will lower in price.

Dodson, A. (2011, March 8). Midland teacher uses apple iPad to keep classroom innovative and organized. In mlive.com. Retrieved May 22, 2011, from http://www.mlive.com/midland/index.ssf/2011/03/midland_teacher_uses_apple_ipad_to_keep_classroom_innovative_and_organized.html

Math that moves: Schools Embrace the iPad

Schools are noticing the impact iPads have on education and are starting to purchase an iPad for each student in the school. As a part of a pilot program, a school on Long Island handed out 47 iPads to students for school and home use to replace textbooks and allow students to correspond with teachers and turn in homework. Even though it has created some controversy, educators are excited for what the iPad can bring to education. Some also believe that in the long run iPads will cut down on spending by going paperless. Apple has started to work with publishers for instructional programs and textbooks. Currently there are about 5,400 apps available for education, approximately 1,000 of those are free.

Hu, W. (2011, January 4). Math that moves: schools embrace the iPad. In The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Assignment 2: Fifteen Applications

10 Educational:

SUPER WHY! for iPad:

This is one of my favorite apps for my students to play to practice letters and sounds. The children are able to choose one of four characters to play different letter/word games. Princess Presto's Wands Up Writing Game helps children practice letter identification, letter sounds, writing, and spelling. Princess Presto says a sound and the children choose what letter makes that sound to spell three letter words. After the children choose the letter, she shows the children how to print the letter and gives them an opportunity to trace it. In Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Hunt the children help Alpha Pig spell words. He tells the children the letter needed and the children find that letter to spell the word. Super Why's Story Saver allows children to complete a story sentence by choosing a word that matches the picture. He then reads the sentence to see if the sentence makes sense and matches the story. Wonder Red's Rhyming Time Game has children find words that rhyme with the word she puts on the screen. As the children play each game they earn stickers. The children can use the stickers to decorate a picture. This app costs $3.99.

BOB Books #1 Reading Magic for iPad:

This app helps children make connections between letters and sounds. The child touches a picture and spells the word by dragging the letters in order from left to right to the boxes at the bottom. Once the words are spelled the picture turns to color, has animation, and the sentence is read aloud. There are different levels that the child can play. Level one shows letters and you drag them in the box with the corresponding letters. The child can start with dragging any of the letters in the correct box to create a word. Level two is the same however the child needs to put the letters in the correct order from left to right starting with dragging the first letter first. Level three has the letters but no corresponding letters in the box to show where they go. Level four is like level three but there are more letters to choose from for more of a challenge. This iPad app is $3.99 and has 12 scenes with four game levels that provide increasing difficulty. There is a free version that has three scenes and is called Bob Books Magic Live.

Cut the Rope Lite:

My students love playing this game. This is a puzzle strategy game. The child has to use strategy to cut the ropes in the correct order in order to collect stars and feed the candy to the creature. Cute the Rope Lite is available at no cost. The Cut the Rope HD app for the iPad is $1.99.

Math Bingo:

I use this game for students who are adding numbers to 10. The child can choose four games: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mixed with three levels of difficulty. The object is to get five bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems. Once the child gets bingo he/she earns a bingo bug. There is also a mini game called Bingo Bug Bungee where the child can launch bugs to collect coins. This Math Bingo is $.99 for the iPad.

Word Bingo:

This is a great app for my students who know letters and sounds. The child can choose different ability levels: Pre-Primer, Primer, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Nouns, and All Words. There are two main games. Word Bingo says a word and the child has to find the word in the bingo board. The goal is to get four bingo bugs in a row by correctly identifying words. Once the child gets bingo he/she earns a bingo bug. Spelling practice allows the child to spell words by dragging the letters in order from left to right to the boxes at the bottom.
There are also two mini games. Fling It asks the child to touch on the word that they hear (three choices are given). If he/she gets it correct they get a bug that they can bungee launch to try to hit the circle. In Word Up blocks with words fall from the top of the screen. When a word is said the child has to touch the block with that word on it to make the block disappear. If the child touches the wrong word the block will stay on the screen. If blocks fill to the top of the screen the game is over. This Word Bingo app is $.99 for the iPad.

BubbleAlpha:

This would be a good app for my advanced students. The child can look at the picture and pop letter bubbles to spell a word. Color and First Words are available free in this app. Animal, Food, Household, and Nature packs are available for $.99 each.

Jump Start Preschool Magic of Learning:

There are 15 games that teach math, pre-reading, and critical thinking skills. Every time a game is completed the child earns a jump star.
Here are a few games and what the children can do in them. Puzzle Surprise has the child put a puzzle together. Once the puzzle is put together it will say the letter, sound, and two words that start with that letter. In Lunchbox the children need to categories smallest to largest. Matching Ladybugs is a memory game where the children have to match the numbers that are the same. Bug Catchers has the children hunt for bugs. It tells the child the kind and number of bugs or the color and number of bugs he/she needs to put in the bug box. Matching Ducks allows children to play memory while matching lowercase letters. In Bunny Fun the children select the bunny holding the matching capital letter. In Barnyard Fun the children select the cow holding the matching lowercase letter. Treasure Chest has the child put certain letters of the alphabet in order. Balloon Sorting allows children to sort colors, shapes, and animals (land and sea). This Jump Start app is $1.99 for the iPad.

Abby Train - Colors & Farm Animals Free:

I can't wait to use this app in my classroom. This app helps children practice color and animal identification and also following up to three step directions. Colors (Sea): The children need to choose the correct color ocean animal (verbally said and written at the top) and put it in the train car. They start by having the child put one color in a train car. Then the child has to put two colors in order in the train cars and then three colors in order in the train cars. The train starts off stopping for the children and then as the game goes on the child has to put the color in the train cars before the train travels off. Farm: Same as above but with farm animals. This app is free! The full version is called Animal Train and costs $1.99; it includes what is in Abby Train Free plus the yard, savanna, desert, jungle, and polar regions.

Alphabet Car HD Lite:

Drive the bus (tilt the iPad) to spell three letter words. The child can adjust the speed that the bus goes. There are different levels that can be played. Level one only shows the letter you need one at a time to spell the word. Level two shows three letters in a row and you need to choose the correct letter needed to spell the word, Level 3 shows a few letters spread out throughout the path and you have to choose the correct letter to spell the word. As the child advances different vehicles and stages can be unlocked. This app is free.

Zoo Train:

There are five game options to choose from. Picture Puzzles is a simple puzzle game, once the puzzle is put together it says the word of the picture. Whistle Music allows the child to touch a picture cue to hear a song relating to the picture. Train Builder has the child put train cars together and pick a location you want to travel through. Word Builder allows the child to match the letters in the sky and place them in the correct left to right order to build a word. After the word is spelled it shows a picture of the word and says the word. Track Tycoon is a puzzle game where the child has to put together the train tracks so a train can travel through. At the completion of a few rounds the child earns a sticker to put on his/her suitcase. This app is $.99 for a limited time.

5+ Personal:

Pandora:

This app is like a radio, but better. You type in what artist, song, and composer you like and Pandora will play that music plus similar music. If you don't like the song you can chose to skip it and listen to another song.

Target:

This app is a Target weekly ad flyer. You can find all the weekly deals plus search for products. You can set the store closest to you to see availability of products and what isle products are in. Find products you like and add them to your shopping list, which can then be sent to your email.

Facebook:

This is a social networking app. I can post information, links, and photos on my Facebook page to allow others (that I choose) to see what is going on in my life. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family that live farther away.

Skype:

The has been a great way for me to communicate with friends and family who are hours away. Just create an account and you can start talking to and seeing the person you choose. In order for you to communicate, the other person also needs Skype. My daughter loves this app because she can see and talk with her cousins with a touch of a button.

Moms with apps:

This app is a great resource. I use it to find family friendly apps and books. On Friday's I click on MWA Blog (on second page) to see what apps are free or reduced for that Friday.

The Weather Channel:

Every night before I pick out my daughters clothes for the following day I check out this app. It tells me what the overall weather will be like and will even break it down hourly if I choose. You can set where your home location is and it will tell you what the weather is like by you every time you open the app.

Assignment 3: Present an Application

Because these two apps are similar, I am going to present them both. One deals with math concepts and the other with spelling.

Math Bingo:

I use this game for students who are adding numbers to 10. The child can choose four games: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mixed with three levels of difficulty. The object is to get five bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems. Once the child gets bingo he/she earns a bingo bug. There is also a mini game called Bingo Bug Bungee where the child can launch bugs to collect coins. This Math Bingo is $.99 for the iPad.

Word Bingo:

This is a great app for my students who know letters and sounds. The child can choose different ability levels: Pre-Primer, Primer, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Nouns, and All Words. There are two main games. Word Bingo says a word and the child has to find the word in the bingo board. The goal is to get four bingo bugs in a row by correctly identifying words. Once the child gets bingo he/she earns a bingo bug. Spelling practice allows the child to spell words by dragging the letters in order from left to right to the boxes at the bottom.
There are also two mini games. Fling It asks the child to touch on the word that they hear (three choices are given). If he/she gets it correct they get a bug that they can bungee launch to try to hit the circle. In Word Up blocks with words fall from the top of the screen. When a word is said the child has to touch the block with that word on it to make the block disappear. If the child touches the wrong word the block will stay on the screen. If blocks fill to the top of the screen the game is over. This Word Bingo app is $.99 for the iPad.

Assignment 4: Audiobooks/E-books

Educational E-book:

Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too!


In Pre-K we focus a lot on social skills. We talk about feelings and the appropriate way to act in certain situations. Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too! is a good book to use when talking about feelings. Before reading the book we can talk about the different feelings we have. After reading the book we can go back to each page and talk more about that specific feeling and what different situations make us feel a certain way. This book is free to download in iTunes.

McConnell, N. (n.d.). Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too!. Lillian Vernon eBooks. In iTunes Store. Retrieved June 1, 2011, from
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dusty-d-dawg-has-feelings-too/id383314200?mt=8

Personal Audiobook:

The Help


This book was recommended to me a while ago by a friend. I haven't have time yet to read it due to my busy schedule. I am so excited it comes in an audiobook because I can listen to the story as I do other things like clean and drive. I can't wait to listen to this book! The Help book in iTunes is $9.99 and this audiobook in iTunes is $19.95.

Stockett, K. (2009). The Help. In iTunes Store. Retrieved June 1, 2011, from http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAudiobook?id=304011609&s=143441

Assignment 5: Vidcast/Podcast

Hooked on Phonics


The Vidcast I chose was Hooked on Phonics. It has Vidcasts for showing what each letter of the alphabet looks like with the sound it makes, how to print each letter, stories, songs to teach concepts such as rhyming, plus more. This will be great to use when I teach my Pre-K students letters, sounds, formation of letters, and other Pre-K concepts. The Vidcast "Jack and the Green Sock" is a great story about colors and mixing two colors to get a new color. I really like how my students will be able to hear and see the different concepts. The only downfall is that I may not be able to use it with each letter of the alphabet. Some of the letter sounds aren't produced correctly and I don't want to confuse my children. Overall, this will be a great addition to my classroom. I am excited to start using it next school year. I feel Vidcasts can be very beneficial in my Pre-K classroom. It will be another tool to expose my children to different concepts. I envision my children asking me to find more Vidcasts because they will enjoy them so much.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hooked-on-phonics/id318331495

Assignment 6: YouTube Videos





Assignment 6b: Animoto




Assignment 7: Reflection

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