Session 2 iPads


Posted by Tracey | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 16, 2013

Session 2

During this session we looked at the use of iPads within the classroom. As a group we discussed who had used iPads during their school experience. The majority of the class had seen them used during the normal ICT lesson but others had mentioned how they had been used inappropriately. During the lesson we looked at different ways that the iPads can be used. There is a huge variety of apps that are available for children to use. These range from phonics to creating books for themselves. Lots of the apps enable the children to practice their handwriting by following letter formation using a stylus. Other apps give comprehensive maths sessions, covering shapes, sorting, time and coins.

Collins big cat app involved the children writing their own books, recording their voices, creating the pictures for the story and then being able to show the story to their peer. When the stories are finished the children can peer assess each others work. This should lead to good discussions and valued ideas. It may also give the opportunity for children who may struggle with other areas of the curriculum the chance to express themselves.

Other apps that we looked at were Tocabuilders and Tocaboka both these are very simplistic cartoon style adventures. Children create; new worlds, animals, outfits and homes for little people. These can be easily used by the youngest of children. This app could be used as a cross curriculum activity. If I iPads available during sessions I would encourage the children to try this app.

During the session Ben and I created a life cycle of a plant using an app called Doodlebug.

 Screen shot from iPad

Life Cycle of plants


Demonstrating knowledge of plants and how they live.

Suitable for

Key Stages 1 and 2

What you need Toontastic app and Doodlebug app    iPads

What you do

Take the stimuli of plants and create a story based on the life cycle of plants. Get the children to draw their own pictures of plants and what they think plants look like when they first grow, children will then draw themselves into the story and explain what is going on in the story. Repeat until the life cycle of a plant is complete.

Learning benefits

Provides a context for children in regard to the life cycle in plants, it allows them to experience and explain the plant cycle in their own words.

Taking it further

Relate the process which they have drawn to the real-life classroom plant. Allow the children to predict what may happen to the plant and then justify it using the plant life cycle story they have create                                                                                                                                                  My experience is very limited in terms of using iPads whilst at placements. At one Primary school the children had four iPads that were positioned on a small table only 20cms off the ground. They were left to use it as they wished; consequently there were several heated arguments, with the boys especially, on whose turn it was. The iPads only had games installed on them which did not identify specific learning opportunities. I can see from the variety that we looked at during the session how versatile iPads can be if used correctly.

Research by Naace, suggest that iPads have ‘revolutionised teaching’, on the other hand; learningwithipads,suggests that there is not enough evidence as yet to prove how they have improved children’s education, ‘There is little hard evidence to prove that the iPads raises attainment but we are in the early stages of iPad adoption in education’.

iPads do offer versatility and can be made personal to the individual child. If the applications are used in conjunction with appropriate planning and backed up with observations, then the use of iPads should be encouraged. I would definitely use iPads within my classroom, I think the majority of children have access to this type of media at home.



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