Introducing iPads to Pre-Kindergarten Students

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I can’t believe that it took us until December to introduce our iPads to our class, and now it’s taken me until January to write about it! When we found out we would be receiving enough iPads to support a learning center we were so excited and eager to start. I never imagined it would […]

Cleaning iPads

How we clean our classroom iPads

Read our strategy for cleaning Pads without ruining the screens. Preschoolers are many things.  They are sweet, they are cute, they are entertaining, they are creative, they are clever, but most of them tend not to be very clean.  Which is why after just a few weeks of use, our iPads were filthy. They have […]

21 Best Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten iPads

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We expanded our 5 Best Apps Series!  Five wasn’t enough when we started using Apple Configurator. Keep reading to find out what we think are the 21 Best Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten. When we decided to use Apple Configurator to manage our iPads,  one of the biggest ramifications  was the fact that we would […]

Teach a Preschooler to Code for “Hour of Code” Week? You Bet!

Hour of Code: How one group of preschoolers were introduced to coding for computer science education week.

Truthfully, preschoolers don’t do anything for a whole hour, except maybe play. It’s just not developmentally appropriate to ask them to do anything for that long.  Still, we did take some time this week to introduce the children to coding in honor of Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code event. And, they loved it! […]

Holiday QR Codes and Ten Frames for Practicing Numbers 0-9

Practicing Numbers 0-9 with Holiday QR Codes

We’ve been introducing the children to the iPads over the last couple weeks. One of the  things I’ve wanted to teach them is how to scan a QR code.  Unfortunately, all of the QR Code activities I created last year are too sophisticated for this early in the year. So I made a holiday themed […]

Dish Drainer iPad Charging Center

Organize Your Classroom   iPads, on a budget!

We use a dish drainer iPad charging center for our classroom iPads. When we heard last Spring that we would be getting a set of 4 iPads for our classroom, I started researching the best way to charge them all at the same time.  Up until that point,  when our two ipads needed to be […]

Using Apple Configurator to Set Up Classroom iPads

Using Apple Configurator to Manage Multiple iPads in the Classroom

We decided to use Apple Configurator to set up our classroom iPads. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be quite so much work! In the end though, I think it was worth it. Apple Configurator is a free,  Apple product that allows schools and businesses to manage multiple iPads using an Apple laptop. You can […]

Using QR Codes to Share Videos with Parents

Use QR Codes to share videos with parents.

Ever since I discovered QR codes last year,  I knew I wanted to find a way to use QR codes to share videos with parents. Thanks to one of those serendipitous hallway conversations with a parent/co-worker, I was finally able to figure out how to make it work using dropbox! To read more about how […]

Make an iMovie Video on your iPad for Back to School

Create a Fun Back to School video with iMovie using your iPad!

I kept hearing about what a great tool iMovie can be in the classroom.  I finally decided to put it to the test by making an iMovie video. As we began our 5th day of school this week,  I used my iPad to shoot a short video clip of each child sharing their favorite thing […]

Seven Tips to Get You Started With Your Classroom iPad

Help! They gave me a classroom iPad and I'm not techie! Seven tips to get you started on your classroom iPad.

Seven Tips to Get You Started With Your Classroom iPad Technology can be very intimidating.  I consider myself to be fairly technologically savvy, and I still remember being scared to death the first time I held my friend’s iPhone.  I was sure I was going to mess it up! I accidentally touched the screen and […]