Get BIG results from just a few iPads!

Adam Nidey, 3rd grade teacher at Crestview Elementary. Twitter: @mrnidey Email: nideya@wdmcs.org

Adam Nidey, 3rd grade teacher at Crestview Elementary recently presented “Get BIG results from just a few iPads” at the Nebraska Education Tech Conference (NETA).  The basic premise of the presentation is to address the challenge related to having only a few iPads, but yet a classroom full of students.

Download the complete presentation: (pdf format) Get BIG RESULTS results from just a few iPads!

The three main discussion points from the presentation…

1) Rotations

The key to getting results from just a few iPads is to create a classroom structure where the teacher can meet with each student in a small group setting every day. This is accomplished through rotations, which were demonstrated through the following video…

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The presentation also included his classrooms most used iPad apps, including…

Top apps for practice during literacy rotations…

* Bluster

* Word Monkey

* JibJab Books

Top Apps for creating during literacy rotations…

* ScreenChomp

* Tools4Students

* ToonTastic

* iMovie

* Twitter

* KaBaam!

* UPad

2) Communications


Mr Nidey discussed different ways to use the iPad as a communications tool, including:  specific examples of how to use a classroom twitter account to:

* allow students to share their writing with a larger audience

* allow the class to share information with parents (24 out of 26 parents follow their classroom twitter account)

* connect with other classrooms to share ideas and collaborate, including a recent blogging project where students reviewed writing from students in a classroom in Pennsylvania.

3) Assessments

He discussed many ways to use the iPad for collecting and recording student assessments, including:

* Fluency Checks

* Running Records

* EveryDayMath Assessments

* Word per minute

* Fast Facts

* Comprehension Checks

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