We discovered this new app.... Curious Zoo. We only previewed it in class and the kids decided it looked like fun, especially for their home devices. It is geared at 3-5 year olds and lets them go on adventures with George feeding and washing the animals at the zoo. There are additional educational videos about the animals, a photo gallery and mini games to add to the learning experience. This app was free until May 1, I am not sure what the price is now. On May 2 a second area of the zoo opened up. I was sent an update and was not charged since I already owned the app - so that was very exciting!
We also discovered Patterns by iKidsPad. It has beginning and advanced levels and has kids extending patterns and filling in missing pieces of the pattern. I am using this as an assessment tool. We practice together on the lcd projector and I hope to give each of the kids the opportunity to play the game independently so I can assess their skill level and guide my instruction.
We created a Youtube video of our Roots of Empathy baby using the iMovie app. I have posted about how to do this in previous posts.
We have also been using the Skip Counting app on a daily basis and I must say I see a HUGE improvement in their counting speed. I also plan to use this app to assess their counting abilities to 30.
Finally my BIG news is, I am getting another Ipad2 in my classroom! I had $500 to spend on something for my classroom and that was my big purchase. I went with the iPad2 again even though the new iPad is out for a few reasons:
1. It was $419 - which meant I had left over money to spend! The new iPad was $519, which meant I would be investing some of my own money.
2. With the left over money I bought an AV adapter - yay now I can stop bringing mine from home to school every day!
3. When it arrives in its lovely little box engraved with my name from the Apple Store I will see how much money is left and I will buy an itunes card to get a few new apps!
I am really excited about having 2 iPads for my classroom. And when I am able to use the 3rd iPad that belongs to a Special Needs student in my class, it means I have 3! Three is a learning center! 3 is manageable to share with 17 students! 3 will be so exciting until the end of June when he and his iPad move on to grade 2, but guess what - I'll still have 2!