Today the Secondary LDD team experimented with the the iPads and their apps and shared their findings with each other.
The following apps seemed to catch the attention of the team:
‘Show Me’– a useful mini whiteboard app
‘Educreations’- a way to share knowledge with recording and annotations
‘Molecules’- a great way to show 3D interactive models
‘Wooords’- a Literacy game, good for spelling
‘See Touch Learn’– good for beginners to language, comes with pictures
‘Doceri’- has lots of sample project templates that can be annotated on
‘Basic English’– good for ESL vocabulary, organized thematically
‘SAT Math’– small tests and quizzes, good for practice
For many of the team, it was their first ever time to actually touch and hold an iPad. I went about this in the way of we all explore and experiment with them together, jotting down any questions we have as we go along. I was nervous about introducing technology that I wasn’t overly confident with myself, but it went well and has made me feel more confident about using them with a class.
I feel we can also all see the potential of the iPads in assisting us with students who have learning needs…from being able to increase the size of something to make it easier to read, to engaging them in games connected to literacy and numeracy.
Things I learnt- have the internet enabled on the iPads as many of the apps need internet access and also find out beforehand if an app requires you to log in and sign up beforehand and if that a communal log in can be used or if it needs to be done individually.
Onwards and upwards!