Introducing Apps to the Class
I use my document camera and projector to introduce new apps to the class. Each morning when they arrive the iPad is set up with a game for them to play. I first started doing this because it encourages the kids to arrive early and unpack quickly. What I noticed is it was a great way for the entire class to watch how to play games. I am able to instruct one child on my expectations for using the app while the others watch on the projector. The kids take turns picking classmates that are sitting quietly on the carpet. This also allows me to set the expectation for how long a “turn” should. Each app is different and I make sure and point out the end of a turn. Since we always use the ipad in centers as a pair this helps with sharing during the week. Some apps I show for several days and some we just show once, it depends on how much is involved with playing it. Then the next week those apps will be in our centers.
When I first began this process of introducing apps I used an HDMI cable to connect the iPad to my projector. The reason I moved to the less “techy” document camera is because it allows my class to actually see what their friends are touching on the iPad. This really helps them learn how to play them. (pics below)
Each week I place the apps they are allowed to play on the bottom row of the ipad. I like this because they show up on every page and thus easy for the kids to find. (pictured above) The kids have access to the ipad in literacy and math stations. As I mentioned before I only let two kids at a time play on the iPad.
This is an example of the setup I had last year in the iPad center. A simple headphone jack splitter and two headphones. The headphones we have are very old but they have volume control built into the headphone and I think that is important. This year I have ordered new headphones (w/volume control) and will post a review of those soon.