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! […]

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 […]

iPad Covers for Pre-K and Kindergarten Classrooms

How do you protect your classroom iPads.

How do you protect your classroom iPads? Which cover do you use for Pre-K and Kindergarten? We’ve tried a couple of options. We added four iPads to our classroom collection this year and that meant four new iPad covers too.  Last year, we had two teacher iPads that the students used.  Those iPads had the […]

Augmented Reality in the Classroom: Writing Numbers 1 through 9

Teaching Number Formtion on the iPad with Augmented Reality

Have you heard of Augmented Reality in the classroom? The minute I read about it, I knew I had to try it in our Pre-K classroom. I think of augmented reality as one step beyond QR codes. We did a lot with QR codes last year. We used them to self-correct our counting activities and […]

Which Stylus is Best?

Which stylus worked best with our classroom iPads?

After I tried using a stylus with my students when they worked on their journals on the iPad, I knew I needed to round up enough so that I could have several students writing at once. I wanted the best stylus for the best price. As I started looking for more stylus options, particularly paying attention […]

Where can I find good apps?

Where can I find good apps for preschool and kindergarten?

One of my biggest challenges in using iPad in the classroom has been finding good apps for early childhood classrooms. There are lots of great apps for young children, but fewer that are actually suitable for classroom use.  I’ve written about my favorite apps in my 5 Best Apps Series, but I still struggle to […]

Five Best Learning Apps For Pre-K and Kindergarten

FIve Best Learning Apps for Kindergarten and Pre-K

Here’s the long awaited third installment of my 5 Best Apps series: Five Best Learning Apps for Pre-K & Kindergarten. You can find our first two installments here and here. While the first two installments focused on a just math or just writing, this list focuses on apps that include a variety of subject areas. […]

I Went to iPad School!

What my colleague and I learned when we went to iPad school.

A co-worker and I attended an iPad conference yesterday. My co-worker called it “iPad School.” I like that term, so I adopted it.  There was so much information to soak up! My biggest take away was a greater understanding of all of the ways we can take the ipad to the next level, and use […]

Journaling on the ipad with Pre-Schoolers

Using an iPad for Journaling in Pre-K and Kindergarten

Each day the kids in our class make a “Play Plan.” They decide what they want to play with, draw a picture of it, and write it down. We pulled this idea from the Tools of the Mind curriculum, based on some of Vygotzky’s research.   One of the things we love about doing things […]