As soon as I received four iPads® for my classroom, I started brainstorming ways to use them. As I added apps from technology conferences, scoured the internet, and read other people’s blogs, I quickly came to realize that I needed a way to organize the apps on the iPad so that they would be easy for the children to use and for me to manage. And then I came across an idea from Stefanie @ Third Grade Thoughts.
She wrote about how her iPads are set up, and I used it as a basis for how I set mine up. We primarily use iPads in three ways in our classroom. We use them
- as an activity for students who finish early,
- in learning centers during reading group time, and
- for class activities and projects.
So I set my iPads up to help with these uses.
Page 1 Apps
This page is dedicated to the apps I want the children to use for activity time. They can choose from any of the apps on this page.
Enjoy Learning 9×9
Lola’s Fruit Shop Sudoku HD Lite
Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value FREE
Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad
IXL Math Practice
Page 2 Apps
The second page has all remaining apps that I have categorized by subject. I even made a category called Mrs. D. This category has the Settings app, App Store app, and so on. I showed this page to my students the first day we talked about the iPads. I showed them what was in my folder and explained that they were not to bother with these apps since they were apps I use to help our iPads run smoothly. I have had no problem with the children messing around with the apps in my folder, and that has made me very happy!
Page 3 Apps
The third page displays the app that they are to use during the learning center time. This page only has that one app on it. It helps to keep them from being confused about what they are supposed to be doing during learning center time.
Usually if we are doing a class project or activity, I will bring that app out onto the front page for the students to access. Since they usually are just passing the iPads among themselves, this has worked well.
I’m sure that there are many ways to set up classroom iPads—I only know the way I did it. How have you set up iPads for children to use?