iPads in the Early Years

Learning, Teaching & Exploring with iPads @ Laburnum PS

Storytelling

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Interactive books – our thoughts (briefly!)

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Interactive big books for learning today!

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Back to school

Welcome back to all our LPS families! If you are a Prep parent – congrats on Term 1 ! Only 48 more terms to go until the end of Year 12!!

First thing this morning our lovely Mrs Mauran dived straight back into our iPad program with some fantastic activities linking iPads, Cued Articulation and handwriting skills. Mrs Mauran is loving these new learning tools and is keen to do more and more!

Prep M had a great time drawing, correcting, practicing and re-writing their letter formations this morning. With the iPad there is much less ‘down time’ between first and second attempts, meaning more focus in the important work they are doing.

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Learning Together

In Mrs Rovatti’s grade this week, there were some very excited Prep students getting ready for their big excursion to the farm!

Using the iPads and working pairs, these super-confident iPad users were creating images of the farm and predicting the animals they might see. Some students used built in images, and some drew the animal themselves.

However, everyone then used the text feature to label their animal. As Mrs Rovatti and I watched them swipe, draw, erase, teach others and correct spelling we admitted we are both still amazed how quickly they go beyond the fun of the tool and get down to the learning!

The app Mrs Rovatti, and the other Prep teachers, are using is called “Doodle Buddy”. It’s free and is a great multi-purpose app for supporting younger students to express their ideas when writing can sometimes be a challenge!

Thanks for having me Mrs Rovatti and Prep R :0)

 

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Sounds like…

In Grade 1 B this week Mrs Buccilli and her wonderful students have used some ingenuity and some iPads to come up with a great learning experience! In her words:

“In class we have been looking at words that contain the short ‘o’ sound. Students worked in pairs using the Pic Collage app on the iPad to create their own ‘o’ collage. They loved changing fonts and colors, taking photos, resizing and adding stickers. It was a great way to take Word Study sessions to the next level using technology!”

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Welcoming ICTEV Visitors!

Last Monday we have the pleasure of welcoming a group of around 25 teachers who were participating in the ICTEV Learning Walk in the Eastern Suburbs. Having already visited a few schools earlier in the day, ours was the first with a fully school-funded, school-managed program – and some differences certainly stood out!

We were very proud of our Prep students who engaged with their work and the visitors admirably as the large group wandered in and out of classrooms. It was also great to see the range of apps and tools that the students were using. Several visitors also commented that they were encouraged to see that students were using pen, paper, crayons and textas as well as technology. “A well-rounded classroom” was the comment.

Congrats to our teachers who welcomed the large group with little worry and even managed a few professional chats in between the relative disruption!

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Our Prep Students – iPad experts already

We have loved seeing the confidence with which our Prep students have picked up the iPads and have begun using them for learning. In the video below you will see Lachlan and Jennifer sharing their work – notice the speed with which they navigate the tool. These super-stars are already focusing on the content of their learning, without the apps getting in their way! Congrats to Mrs R for her great work too ;0) Remember – this is only Week 3 of the iPad program!

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Learning Today

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Reading and Screens

 

Some recent research has indicated that reading on iPads is becoming ‘easier’ for most people:

Recent Developments in Screen Reading

  • Early studies showed that reading on a screen was 20-30% slower than reading in print, but the difference is fading quickly as devices improve. One recent study showed that it is now only 6.2% slower to read on an iPad than in print, and just 10.7% slower using a Kindle. As far as reader preferences,
  • Print reading is a solitary activity, while, as writer Christine Rosen says, “Screen reading, a historically recent arrival, encourages a different kind of self-conception, one based on interaction and dependent on the feedback of others. It rewards participation and performance, not contemplation.”

This is interesting to us at Laburnum as we begin to work with students and their one to one devices. The idea that screen-reading can be more collaborative and interactive that paper/book reading is definitely one we would like to explore further!

Go here: http://bit.ly/RSq1fe to read the full article.

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