Often iPad apps are seen as a quick fix to boredom – used to entertain, with minimal thinking involved. Here are 4 free apps to use in the classroom, for students to create, rather than to consume!
- Using number lines as a basic counting tool in Numeracy, and annotate to show different numbers on the line.
- Making numbers to 100 using the Base 10 blocks.
- Forming a variety of numbers and annotating their extended notation. This could be photographed and added into Educreations, to include students voice to explain their thinking.
- Counting to 10. Students can take a photo of themselves, add a mouth and record their verbal counting.
- Role-playing. Students can record their thoughts on what to say in certain situations they may encounter in the classroom or in the playground.
- Oral presentations. Students can record their thoughts on paper and then read them aloud while recording their own voice.
- Inserting characters to use as a basic storytelling tool.
- Using the characters to add speech bubbles and create dialogue between 2 or more characters.
- Create a comic which includes dialogue, and follow it up with a lesson on talking marks when writing.
- Learning a specific sound/blend. Students take photos of objects around their classroom that begin with that sound/blend. They can add text, or a title of the letter they are working on.
- Writing descriptions. Students can photograph an object, and add text to add adjectives around the photo.
- Modelling behaviours during Literacy – how to Read to Self. Students can take photos of their partner reading and annotate with text to identify the correct behaviours to show during this time.
(These ideas were designed with F-2 classes in mind, but can easily be adapted for higher year levels.)