During our language time, the children discovered many features within the apps, including a voice activated tool that they could use when researching their animals for their information writing task. This is incredibly useful if they are unsure of the correct spelling. It also emphasised the need for speaking slowly and clearly. Secondly, the Dictionary was equally useful - finding the meaning of unknown or unseen words as well as 'saying' the pronunciation which is a real bonus! I also have a number of word games, including 'Boggle' and 'Scrabble' which can be multi-player games. Another aspect is for the children to become self critical on their written language work - they need to read aloud using the 'Voice Memo' function, word for word, then listen to it, make any amendments and try again. They quickly saw that this was a very effective way of immediately recognising missing words or sentences that simply don't make sense! (we are all pretty good at skim reading and adding words as we speak)
|Checking the meaning of unknown words|
|Checking the meaning of unseen text|
|Listening to the pronunciation of the word|
|Using the TVNZ app to summarise National and World News|
|Skimming, scanning and summarising|
|Checking the meaning of unseen text when working independently|
My maths class was equally impressed with the new apps - Fractions and Decimals is one of the hot spots that I have been working with my children on. Not only that, I have been teaching exponents and square roots with two of my groups - the scientific calculator in the utilities is truly unbelievable! The children had no idea that when you turned the calculator 'landscape' it changed from a standard calculator to a scientific one!
|Using a scientific calculator|
|Decimals and fractions|
|Decimals and Fractions|
Finally, I simply cannot get over the level of engagement in learning (especially those who have seemed unmotivated or not productive with their time) - the photos really do say it all. After the planning of the logistics is done, the implementation makes it all worthwhile. My aim for the week was to have the iPods fully utilised all day, every day - I have achieved that goal!