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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Using Digital Tools to Create a Portfolio for Your Students

Create amazing student portfolios with digital tools.

  It is a tradition in the early childhood classes here to send each child home at the end of the year with a portfolio that documents the fun and learning that they experienced over the course of the school year.  This tradition spans back at least a decade.  When it first began, teachers used […]

Audio QR Codes: Sight Word Bingo

QR Codes with Audio Files Bingo

{Update: This post was written over two years ago, which in technology terms, makes it ancient!  The kids in my QR code pictures are actually 2nd graders now! Some readers are finding that the audio QR codes for this activity no longer work. You might try scanning a code or two to make sure it […]

How to access one of my free activities from Google Drive

The print button on google drive

  Every now and then I look at some of the “behind the scenes” parts of this blog and  I notice that the occasional user runs into trouble trying to print one of my activities that I’ve stored on Google Docs. Here’s a quick write up which I hope may help people troubleshoot the download process: […]