This was no ordinary day. November 25th, 2013 was the highly anticipated “iCan iPad Day” where parents joined their child for a morning of sharing and learning together.
Students began the morning independently working on their differentiated math problems using Splashmath, Math Bingo, and Meteor Math, while I gave parents an overview of how we have been using the iPad as a learning tool. Then students took the lead and showed parents how they can iPad! First up, taking a photo of their guests with Photobooth. That was a hit and laughter erupted in the room! Then it was on to sharing their animal habitat projects they created in Keynote and their dinosaur vocabulary slides they are currently working on. Students shared their iTunes U dinosaur field journals where they record all their findings as they explore fossils and conduct science investigations in the Notability app.
The pairs adventured beyond the classroom walls and scanned QR codes to go directly to their “A Turkey With Dressing” blog posts at http://kidblog.org/MrsKlammsM-azingSecondGraders/ . (Here is a direct link to 2nd grader Steven’s post). The students were very proud of their posts and beamed as their parents read their writing and gave them feedback in the form of smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement.
Next the duos moved on to a math scavenger hunt using their iPad to uncover hidden math problems and an app called Screenchomp, which is similar to a whiteboard, to solve their tricky double digit with regrouping problems. Then, parents and children returned to the classroom where they co-authored a blog post about their learning adventure.
I think the "iCan iPad" morning went beautifully. The students completely exceeded my expectations! The kids did an exceptional job and the parents were very pleased! It was a joyful opportunity to be a part of and I can't wait to see what else we can do this next semester!
Check out our movie trailer from our morning!