I have been using iPads in the classroom for a few years now. However, I always had to use my personal iPad since we didn't have enough iPads for every classroom.
Since I have changed schools, my new school has purchased enough iPads for every grade to have 6! I think that is fantastic and I make sure to utilize them whenever I can.
A few months ago we learned about Native Americans. I had the students break into groups of 2 and create a triptych about one of the 3 tribes we learned about. They then had to videotape themselves explaining their tribe. I made sure that 3 different tribes were recorded on each iPad. I then had them break into groups according to which iPad they recorded on. They watched each other's video as a review of the tribes before the test.
The kids really enjoyed this activity. I loved how excited they were when their group was up and how quiet the other kids were when listening to the other groups!
I had taken some time off from this blog to concentrate on my students and my own family. In that time, I bought a new home, changed school systems, and moved two teacher's classrooms(my husbands and my own.) It has been a busy couple of months!
Now that things have settled down, I wanted to get on here and share some new and exciting things I am doing at my new school.
At this school the big initiative is incorporating STEM lessons in the classroom. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). I love it because STEM is something I had been doing informally in the past but never used official STEM design briefs. Now that we are well into our school year, I am finding that STEM is a great addition to the classroom and my students have become greater problem solvers and critical thinkers!
Here are a few examples of the projects we have done.
Creating a comfy chair for their mother.
Inspired by the book: "A Chair For My Mother"
Creating an appropriate habitat for a given animal.
Brainstorming and creating mazes using magnetism to navigate a paperclip through.
STEM has not only been fun and rewarding for the students but for me too!