Profs' Phonics 1
Students are learning letter sounds to introduce reading. We practised phonics using the Prof's Phonics1 iPad App which is free. It does have some limitations as not all options are available in the free version.
Purchasing the paid version Prof's Phonics2 would enable students to enjoy all features.
Abby Write & Play - Phonics Word Families Games Free Lite
Tracing, dragging and dropping are some of the activities offered by Abby Write & Play. Students enjoyed and reinforced their understanding of forming words using letters. We however had to turn of the sound as at that moment not all sounds were phonetic. Students managed to sound out words themselves to try and solve the problems paused by the app during drag and drop activities.
We received a few iPads for use in Primary School. A mini iPad cart was designed to carry them around classrooms. Students discussed iPad agreements before using the iPads. One of the students created the video below to be embedded onto our iPad Agreements Poster, when it was signed and stuck in all classrooms.
Here is the poster for all classrooms.
AirServer is a nice tool to show content on your iPad screen to an audience on a computer, which can be connected to the projector. Air server not only mirrors whats on your screen, it sends audio to your computer as well allowing you to move around the classroom, hand your iPad to one student after another to do things on the iPad. This makes the iPad the 21st century interactive whiteboard. It works on both windows and PC. We currently use it on Windows computers.
I don't usually write about paid apps but had to buy AirServer (USD14.99) to make full use of my iPad in the classroom and a number of people also bought after they saw how it can transform the classroom. to use Airserver, download it from the website, once AirServer is installed on a computer, any iPad can project it's screen. You can also project two iPads on the same screen to compare and contrast with students.
When i initially read about 30 Hands, i installed it on my iPad and deleted it as the GUI (graphic user interface) was not very appealing. I decided to use other apps. When i worked with Year 1 students creating a digital story, i struggled to get the free apps i had to publish the story. Out of desperation, tried 30 Hands and it did the trick.
I was so impressed that the app was easy enough for Year 1 students to push the record button when they were ready to speak and when they were done. We easily moved from one picture to the other. The most amazing thing was discovering that we could go back to recordings to delete them and record all over again or delete a picture/slide and insert another one. Other apps i tried did not allow us to go back and edit.
30 Hands is a great free iPad app i would recommend for use in classrooms for digital storytelling. We saved our product on the iPad and uploaded to YouTube later. Watch our video below.
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