Ok, blog world, I need your help.
All I wanted was an iPad. I wished and hoped and worked to find a way to get one, and it happened. My principal was able to get the money for 10 iPads for our school to share, and I currently have one in my room that stays there most of the time.
Here’s the problem. I really don’t know what to do with it. Now before you recommend your favorite apps to me, here are my problems.
Every time I read another blog or google great math apps, I hear about the following things
- Whiteboard apps- There are a million. I think they are a great idea. I have played around with them and they seem pretty cool. BUT they just don’t work with what I do with interactive notebooks. It is kind of hard to demonstrate what I want the kids to write on a foldable on a whiteboard app. And the success I have been having with the notebooks tells me that process is much more important than an app.
- Math games/practice- Again, there are a million. And I have had kids play them when we have some down time or during our homeroom time. But with 1 iPad, that means 1 kid playing 1 game for that 15 minute period. Is this really the best use of the iPad? I mean it is clearly better for that 1 kid to play rather than it sitting on my desk, but I don’t feel like it is worth it to me. Maybe I just need to create more of a schedule for kids to do this and find specific apps for specific skills I want certain kids to master.
- Seating chart makers- While I think this would be really helpful and nice… did I really just get an iPad only to have it make me seating charts?
Those are the standard apps that I see recommended. Nothing that has shattered my world so far. I just hate hate hate that I fought so hard to get this, then I am at a loss. So solve my problem for me. Give me something inspiring to do or somewhere to look to find amazing ideas. I refuse to let this iPad go to waste!