Today in our classroom, we introduced the students to our new tool: Ipad. These Ipads were purchased for Kindergarten through our new ELK funds. The Ipad was set up as a learning center for the students to use. Each child signed their name on a piece of paper, and were provided with 5 minutes to enjoy a few educational activities on the Ipad.
We noticed that the students were demonstrating a variety of curriculum expectations while using the Ipad and we began to document them.
K.W. began with the Ipad and used a program involving letters and words in French. She practiced touching the words and listening to the words in French: “E c’est pour escargot”. Sometimes she would simply identify them herself. G.W. came by and said “Grenouille c’est pour Griffen”.
T.B. built a 3D structure with the tap blocks. Every time he tapped the blocks, a new block would appear. We asked him what it was : “a telescope” he replied and it truly looked like one. He kept turning it around and adding block.
S.D. used a program about space and turned the earth by hand. He also discovered a Lego program whereby he used Lego pieces to built a car. He placed the wheels and a cover on his car. Once he finished one vehicle, he was provided with new tools to create an even better vehicle. Finally he used the Lego pieces to build a Lego structure puzzle.
E.A-G. completed picture patterns. “Lapin, pomme, _____, pomme.” A friend turned to her asking how to play and E.A-G. said “what do you think goes next?”.
A.Y. explored an addition program whereby she had to find the correct number to complete the set. She also learned about how to care for pond creatures with the virtual pond program. She fed the fish, learned how to care for the water by cleaning it and the environment of the pond itself.
G.W. continued to take care of our virtual pond after A.Y. He attempted some of the Lego program but preferred the complex galactic puzzles. He moved the pieces around and used the border to complete the puzzle. Some of the images were very abstract on the page. We were amazed at his spatial awareness skills.
C.T. decided to observe the planet mercury on the Ipad and learned about its land mass. Then she practiced addition with a bee and caterpillar program. She began to use her fingers, but then progressed to using the fingers of friends when the numbers became too big to count on her own hands. We also discussed 2 digit addition based on adding the second digits and then the first. She also observed that if there were many counters, and lower numbers, it can be assumed that the larger answer is correct.
L-R. B. continued with C.T.’s addition program. She also wondered allowed “what would happen if you did it wrong?” by pressing the wrong number. She found out. Another friend A.P. came by and said “hmmmm 6 plus 8 egale = 14”. “Try the bigger number because there is more”. The friends are enjoying teaching one another.
E.M. attempted a variety of programs because she has a similar device at home. First she continued the addition game but then moved on to listening to a story in French: Miss Spider. This was an excellent story because as each word was read, they turned read to follow along with the story. Finally she settled on a 3D puzzle game whereby she matched the 2D shape with the 3D box.
C.T. enjoyed using a program about the solar system. She shook the Ipad and the planets would dissamble out of their proper orbit. She had to reassemble them in the proper sequence before her time ran out. The art of recognizing biggest to smallest was very important here and remembering the original puzzle.
M.L. practiced the addition game. “I’m counting the flowers to help me”. “Mlle Tiringer, when all the smiles are green, I will let K.W. have a turn, just 5 more.” She is displaying turn taking and number sense.
K.W. listened to a little of the Miss Spider story in French. He continued to watch as the words lit up on the page in red. He tried a variety of programs on the Ipad but had difficulty determining his main focus.
Tomorrow we will continue exploring our new classroom tool as many students wanted to have a second turn today.