At Carisbrooke School, Kindergarten students in Mrs. McNaughton’s class are learning how to use iPads as powerful tools for interactive tabletop activities. Students are partnered up to explore letters and sounds with the Starfall app.
The iPADS, which are becoming part of the daily Kindergarten routine, are helping students to learn keypad manipulation (a technique they have named ‘tickling’), animated sharing and turn taking.
Just a few blocks away, in Mme Lechleiter’s grade one French Immersion classroom, students are also learning how to use iPads. The children are using the iPad camera and the White Board app to create their own visual reinforcement for learning and practising key phrases and grammatical structures in French. These students have also created their own French picture books using iBook author. These original stories are enhanced with beautiful artwork and narrated with the children’s own voices!
To learn more about Mme Lechleiter’s action research using the iPads in her primary French Immersion classroom, check out her Journey with an iPad blog! The blog also includes some great lists of appropriate iPad apps and ideas for primary literacy instruction powered by technology!