Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Toontastic

This morning we we went to the app toontastic and created a cartoon movie called "The Adventures of Crazy Beard". You can create your own cartoons with characters, settings, voice music, and conflicts. This is probably a good app for all grades but you need to have a story beforehand. It can be put online but you only get one free cartoon and then have to pay. The app walks you through step by step and you can make changes before you are done. We say it is five out of five star app. We really liked this app.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Match the Seasons

On Match the Seasons apps you need to match a group of the same color of jewels. You get points and when you get enough you can pass a level. It is kind of tricky because you sometimes have to break through ice or glass or boxes.
We found that the iPad does not work with uploading files for wikispaces or the blogger. We had to go to our net books to do that.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Weekend Talk

Friday was a busy hectic day, so we didn't blog at the end of the day, but we did a lot with the iPad.  Mrs. Fisher came to the classroom and helped us by talking to us about caring for the iPad, tricks with the iPad, what she uses the iPad for in her classroom and we showed her some of the apps that we have already been working with.  We told her how we found out that if you press the spacebar on the keyboard twice you will get a period.  We also showed her one of our favourite games Math Ninja.  We also made a folder for the kindergarten classes so that we can share some of the things we are doing with them.  All in all it may have been a busy day but was a productive one.  I wonder what we will discover in the upcoming week.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Math Ninja by Emily

The two apps we put on today were Math Ninja and Division Whizz we were more excited about Math Ninja then Division Whizz.

We also took pictures of our stories that we wrote and looked at them on the LCD. We looked at things in the stories that we wanted to fix and gave them an overall rating.
Mrs. Jedele shared the iPad with the Kindergarten teacher. We are going to download some games we can play with the kindergarten kids when we have computer buddies.

We learned some more abut the IPad in class and I am very happy about it.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

What next? By Anna

Megan looked at an app called Brain Games. She chose it because it is a game that keeps your brain sharp. All of the games are logic. It can be played in French and English. She also put on an multiplication app which is also on the I-pod.

I Brainstorm is another app that is kind of like wallwisher. It can be used to brainstorm ideas and story ideas. You can post a sticky and change the color of it.

Our class talked about questions to ask Mrs.Fisher when she comes to our classroom on Friday. We also took pictures of our Unicorn stories we are going to put on the LCD projector and then we will revise them together as a class.

I think using the iPad will be a fun experience and a good lesson in technology I also think that it will be interesting to learn on.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Finally ...

It took awhile but we figured out an email account with the ipad. Mrs. Church helped Mrs. Fisher and I set it up so that it would work with the iPad. We then emailed the photo to myself - so here it goes, let's see if this works. Yes, of course you already figured it out that it works. So today we learned how to use the printer, email and using the photo ... hmmm I wonder what we will do tomorrow.

Kindergarten Surprise!

The kindergartens surprised us in the library so this was a good opportunity for us to learn how to take a photo and upload it to the blog. We found out that the blogger program does not respond to the iPad in uploading a photo. We then decided to email the photo to my own account and realized that we had to set up an email account. We couldn't use my gmail account because we were asked to set the SSL which we believed to mean there is a security setting. We setup the email with McIsaac school account and then switched off the contacts. Stay posted I will still try to upload that great photo of the Kindergartners.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Yeah Apps!

We looked into a few apps today and how we can use them in the classroom. Briah tried jognog which has a number of different subjects. It tested you on your knowledge and when you completed a level you got gold coins. Every level one is free but the other levels said buy now. The grade five math was difficult. Sean went on monkey math and although it was for ages 5 to 6, he had fun. Tomorrow we want to try printing to find to if we can from our classroom or if we need to have something installed.

Friday, 20 January 2012

New Apps Yipee

Today we started looking at new apps. We laughed at our new Songify Nine Times Table song. We also found out that most of our apps can also be used for the iPod. Next question is how to use the mail with this iPad, since we could not e-mail the Nine Times Table song to our teacher so she can try to put it in our wiki or on this blog. We are having fun with the iPad! ;)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Today was Day 1 having the iPad in the classroom. We started to organize our files but had a couple of concerns on downloading and deleting apps. We did use the iPad to create a wallwisher for the novel we are reading, and made predictions as to what we think will happen to the main character. We needed to go back to the desktop computer because we didn't yet know to click a stickie to the page. We will have to try again when we have more time.