Ideas for how to use an iPad in a grade 2 SEI Classroom

Ways to start using an ipad in the classroom
  • Teacher should tape a sticky note with the assigned iPad number in the corner of each student's desk. Students should familiarize themselves with their assigned number.
  • Have a whole-group discussion about how to care for school materials
  • Create a KWL chart (what do you know about iPads, what do you want to know about iPads, and eventually...what have you learned about/from iPads?)
  • Have a discussion while the iPads are sitting on desks about how to open smart covers, plug in headphones, adjust volume, close smart covers
  • Ask students to return ipad to syncing cart by carrying it to the teacher with 2 hands (students may either tell the teachers their assigned iPad numbers or the teacher can call the students up to the cart in numerical order to place iPads back in cart slots)
  • Introduce Pearson's "Speed Games" app to build fluency with addition and subtraction math facts (multiplication and division are also available) Note: it helps if the teacher pre-types in the student name in the "player" section before the kids get started...it makes the iPad seem more personalized for the student
  • Introduce how to zoom in and out on the iPad with sliding/pinching fingers on the "Google Earth" app
  • Introduce "finding sums" app (sums can be tailored to individual students...e.g. sums to 10, 20, 100, etc.
  • If you can partner younger students with older students (or Bentley Buddy volunteers), give students some free exploration time with the iPads and suggest a handful of free apps to start using (I like Books, coin math, Reading az, Speak Dolphin, Futaba, etc.) At the close of the session, ask students to report one thing they learned from the activity and ask the older students/volunteers to do the same!
  • Import audio tracks from CDs (listening center tracks) and turn each iPad into a personalized listening center
  • Use "QuickVoice" app for students to record their voices as the orally tell stories during Writers' Workshop. When students "rewind" or jump back on the track, they can start and stop their oral stories, as needed, to begin stretching sounds and writing their stories. This helps the student maintain the fluency as they orally tell their stories.

additional ideas to test out....

  • Audible sight word flashcards
  • Audible vocabulary flashcards
  • Translation - reads and translates text, documents, and websites and reads content aloud in English or native language
  • Create a digital story in 3 steps via StoryRobe .99 app....explore other free options, too
  • Exchange data (links, text, directions, etc.) with students using QRset QR code reader...for example teacher responds to weekly dialogue journal entries via QRset (students scan and receive text info/URLs from teacher)

Teacher applications
  • Responding to student dialogue journals
  • Writers' Workshop conference record keeping
  • Translation work with students and /or parents (Speaktext for Office FREE)
  • Assign tasks to students individually or by groups using a QR code generator
  • MIN to Go - classroom timer