Friday, April 8, 2011

Fifth Grade at University Child Development School

My first visit was to University Child Development School, Seattle

UCDS invested in iPads for all their 5th graders this year. The fifth grade has a service learning component and the iPads have been specifically implemented as journals for their service learning projects. In March they introduced reading on the iPad with a lesson about how to take notes, using the dictionary, highlight, and bookmark using iBooks.  Some of the comments from the fifth graders about their experience with iPads included:
  • No sore hands
  • On instantly
  • Apps are easy to find
  • Made me more responsible
  • We had to create rules about using them
  • It's okay for journals, but it would be just as easy to write.
The teachers said the apps they've been using include:

  • Adobe Ideas
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Google Earth
  • Photoshop
  • Photos
  • Keynote

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