I cannot believe I haven’t written about this yet, because I feel like my life has been pretty much Applecentric lately.
Really long story (and if you’re interested in the story you can read my principal’s blog about it here) short, my class (along with Mrs. Hong’s 5th grade class) went 1:1 with iPad minis today!
Before I say anything else, let me show you how they felt about it!
We began the day with this morning welcome screen and my kids knew they were in for a TON of fun, and also a ton of work:
After specials, we headed to the library, where we met Mr. Strecker, our district’s tech guru, who had two big ‘ole boxes of Apple goodies for us. Then we got busy.
We spent most of the next hour working on setting up the iPad so we could start using it–you know, Apple IDs, mail settings, etc. While I knew we could handle it, and we had Mrs. Hong leading the way, it’s really hard to do anything this technical with 40 5th graders! After that hour was over, we headed up individually to our classrooms, to finish our setup.
Upstairs we finished up with a trip to the App Store, where we signed in and did just enough to get them really jazzed about getting started. Then we went to lunch. Ha! (Nice, right?)
After lunch we put the iPads away for a while to work on a math assessment we needed to finish today, but did get our new friends out to scan a QR code that led us to the website where they input the answers to be graded. Couldn’t get away for very long. 🙂
Finally, as the main goals for the day, we downloaded some necessary apps (Kid Blog, Edmodo and Pic Collage) and then used them. Kiddos used Pic Collage to make a display that we put set as our lock screens–now we can tell whose iPad is whose! I wish I’d have saved some of their creations–5th graders are HILARIOUS when you put a camera in their hands and tell them to go for it. Maybe I’ll have them share them with you!
So…nothing “big” officially happened today, but here are my thoughts so far on Day 1 of our 1:1 iPad Scout:
1. I am excited. Really excited! I’ve heard many people talk about how there’s worry about kids being “plugged in” and zoning out, but I’m already thinking the opposite will be true. I know it’s only the beginning, but I LOVED what happened when we started using our Minis for real:
We’re already finding “experts”–they are teaching and learning together about what to do and how to do it!
2. I needed a plan for a safe place to keep them when they’re not in use (because no, they won’t be permanently connected to our hands), so I made tubs. I think they’ll work, and they’re cute. 🙂
3. Eventually there is a plan for kids to take their Minis home (after they participate in a Digital Citizenship workshop with their parents), but for now they’re at school. And I’m already having charging issues. Don’t really want to spend my time plugging and unplugging iPads. This is what we’ve worked out so far. I made another station just like it on the other side of the room on the windowsill:
4. My kids are ready to go 1:1 and I hope I am. I am generally tech-fearless, and am ok when I don’t know it all, and I hope I stay that way. We have a great opportunity in front of us and I want to make the most of it. We’re really lucky around here!
One more thing: be sure to read about what my kiddos thought about today! They used their Kid Blog app to tell the world about it!
So…now I need your help! What advice can you give me as I start this 1:1 journey? How do you best utilize devices with your students for the best learning? Leave a comment and help us out!
I don’t have any advice, but I do have one request. Please continue sharing your adventure! Can’t wait to read all about exciting learning that is going to happen in your classroom!
Absolutely! Thanks for reading. 🙂
The photo with #1 – love that the kid in the under armour hoodie looks like he’s running a genius bar at the apple store.
Love that comment! I will definitely share that with him. That’s Owen, by the way. Maybe he has found a calling, then. 🙂
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I am very interested in following your 1:1 iPad Scout ~ looks like an adventure for sure! It definitely reminds me of when my computers showed up in my 3rd grade eMINTS room. I am sure we could share stories soon. Keep sharing your journey!
Isn’t it funny how fast things change? I have been teaching for 12 years and it’s crazy how different things look in my classroom today than when I first started. Gone are the days of overhead projectors and computer labs! I just hope I can do right by my students as we take this journey together! I am excited to see how much I learn from them–maybe more than I teach them about tech! Any advice you’d like to give–now and along the way–would be greatly welcomed! Thanks for reading!
Congratulations! We just got 10 ipads for my my classes, not 1:1 , but partners definitely works! We just started yesterday, and they were so excited! Just the motivation factor in and of itself was amazing! With my 3rd grade class, we started doing area and perimeter garden project: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3yv5xdnrca2ft22/GardenProject.pdf. It was modeled after this project which I think works better for my 4th and 5th grade:https://www.dropbox.com/s/aha75hchmzwd4p1/Garden%20Project-1.numbers. I would love to share ideas as we continue on our journey!
It was so great to have those silly things arrive! The kids were a hoot; so excited! We’ll get that digital citizenship piece wrapped up this week so they can begin taking the minis home!
No advice here from the tech-fearful gal in Alabama. 🙂
I know the kids are loving it though! Continue to keep us posted!
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