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Monday, January 30, 2012

A New Classroom Adventure

So I'm very, very excited to have received 20 ipads to use with my senior Geography, Social Studies and English classes... and to say the students are also excited would be an understatement!   I unveiled them last week to the students and decided to just give them some time to "play"... there was no way I was going to be able to get any sort of "work" out of them!  They were positively giddy to get started.

Here are some of the highlights of our ipad adventure to date.

1.  The camera feature is FUN... and taking silly photos of yourself (even if you're 18 and think you're sooooo cool) is SUPER FUN!  I don't think I've heard so much hysterical laughing in ages!

2.  If you don't erase all of the embarassing photos of yourself that you've taken in the ipad Photobooth, the next class will find them and then make fun of you for the rest of the day.

3.  Don't tell your students that the "ipads are so locked down you can't change any of the settings so don't waste time trying!".  Someone will try and someone will be able to change the settings.

4.  The apps are incredible!  More on this in an upcoming post when I'll fill you in on some of our favourites.

5.  Setting up the ipads and having them synch to one itunes account takes MUCH, MUCH longer than I had anticipated... like all day! And I only had to set up 20... so if this is something you're thinking of doing, have some technical support lined up.

More on my ipads to come.  If you've got ipads / ipods or something similar, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks,
Addie

9 comments:

  1. I would feel as though I died and rolled over in my grave if I got that for my classroom!!! :) Awesome!!

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  2. 20 iPads! Wow! That is fantastic. I am looking to forward reading about his adventure. Welcome to the blogging world!

    Thinking Out Loud

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  3. Addie
    You're sooo lucky that your school district purchased them for you! Our budgets have been slashed.. :( Apple products are soooo great! I'm sharing your list with my hub who teaches high school..
    Ruth TpT teacher and Teacher Park blog :)

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  4. So great to have you in the blogging world, Addie! You're off to a great start!
    Kristen

    Secondary Solutions
    Secondary Solutions Blog

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  5. This reminds me of the first day we passed out MacBook Pros to all the students! I loved how excited they were...and there was no instruction that day! But playing around actually is learning. :) Have fun!

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  6. Great start! Welcome to Blogland, Addie!

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  7. So excited you have put your hat in the ring! Welcome!

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  8. I use iPod touches in my classroom during reading instruction. I only have two, so there is a rotation for who gets to use them, but I loaded them up with apps I found on the Escondido School District website - mostly free. The kids love it when it's their turn! Can't wait to see what you do with the iPads!

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