Go forth, be fruitful and multiply: Our pilot was so successful that every student in the school received an iPad this school year. The three of us in the initial pilot held training sessions for the rest of the staff.
Student engagement is the key. iPads are highly motivating tools. The sheer simplicity of opening a whiteboard app to work on addition or subtraction number stories is bliss. No more white boards and dry erase markers. Need to work on word families? Open your whiteboard app and write words in the -at family. Hold up your iPad to reveal your answers. Need to practice your spelling words? Open up your Magnetic Letters App, make your spelling words and email them to your teacher. All of these are possible in a kindergarten classroom with iPads. Everyday Math lesson using calculators? No need to pass out 15 and have students share. Open up your calculator app and let’s get to work.
Discipline problems? All but gone. Kids do not like to have their iPads taken away for any length of time.
Our iPads are now an essential part of our daily curriculum.