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I am a 5th grade teacher. I am one of the first in my grade level to get an iPad. I am looking for suggestions on iPad applications other 5th grade teachers are currently using in the classroom. I am especially interested in ways I can use my iPad for students reading below grade level.
Tanya, I was given an iPad (1) last summer, followed by an iTunes gift card and the encouragement to try out apps. It's been an interesting journey thus far. We have an iPad initiative at our school, but, thus far, it does not require use of iPads by fifth graders. Beginning next year, however, an iPad will be required for each student beginning in grade 6. We are exploring how use by fifth graders will fit into this initiative.
Here's what I've found - some apps are better than others (no surprise there). A few free apps are gems, but it seems to me that for 0.99 or 1.99 there's a significant increase in quality. The device itself is highly engaging to nearly all students. I have found more math and science apps of value than reading. Perhaps others who read these posts will offer suggestions we can both use!
Reading a book on an iPad (or Kindle or Nook) seems easier for many students. The font can be sized for the reader's preferences, and the interface seems to focus kids. The Kindle and Nook don't have glare (or other distracting apps, generally speaking), so are easier on the eyes.
What grade do you teach? What are the math and science apps you like the best?
I got a grant for seven iPads for my special ed students. WE will be using them to create group and individual digital stories, create wikis to collaborate on non fiction expository writing. I also want students to try to use Prezi for presentations.