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Using the iPad for Deeper Learning

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Deeper learning is the process of learning for transfer. Student competencies that allow for deep learning include cognitive reasoning and problem solving, intrapersonal competencies which involve self-management, and interpersonal competencies which refer to working and communicating with others. When these competencies are in place, students are better able to experience deeper learning.

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Using the iPad for Writing in Kindergarten

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You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. -F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve always believed we learn to write by writing. My students have a lot to say, but often have difficulty finding topics to write about. We have anchor charts around the room with writing ideas. This has been an extremely helpful suggestion.

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Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

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Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings. That has been about all of the luxury I’ve been able to enjoy because even though I’m on spring break from my job, I am not on spring break from doctoral classes. We read for a variety of purposes.

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From Sea to Shining Sea…Connecting Classes Across Continents

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I don’t usually have guest bloggers, but Marc Faulder and I, along with some other early childhood teachers have engaged in regular collaboration with our classes since 2014. Marc, an early years teacher in the UK wrote this blog post sharing our experiences. Connecting Classes Across Continents is a collaboration I began with Apple Distinguished Educators who teach in the early years.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

iTunes U and You

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King. Thinking critically and intensively is not reserved for older students. We work diligently to create learning experiences in kindergarten that allow our young students to think deeply about various topics. Why iTunes U?

iPads and Science in Kindergarten

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“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” Chad Sugg. Fall is my favorite season, but living on the coast of South Carolina, we see very little evidence of the season. We experience fall for about a week and a half in late November or early December. The leaves are green, turn brown, then fall to the ground in that length of time.

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Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

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Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me! There are only 2 weeks remaining so there is light at the end of the tunnel. We go through the cards each day several times.

Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

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Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays. Hopefully we can catch up and get moving by the end of the week. This concept is the same for adults.

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Building Vocabulary with iPads

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One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.-Evelyn Evelyn Waugh. In working with young children all day, I find that my vocabulary sometimes is lacking when having adult conversation. I’ve caught myself saying “Put on your listening ears” in regular conversation. Our students are no different. Here is a short one.

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App Smashing in Math

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Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar. After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home. We were working in our Geoboard app today making shapes. We then learned how to do a screen shot of our work. Let’s get to it!

September Wrap-Up

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We must be deliberate in September-Debbie Miller. We are halfway through our first quarter of school, and at times, it feels like we haven’t accomplished much. But then I am reminded of the wise words of Debbie Miller about being deliberate in September. It is so crucial to go slow now so we can speed up later. Each small step we take now, is a building block for the future.

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Finding Your Passion for Teaching

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Nelson Mandela. I am in the third week of my doctoral program and the words I am currently using to describe it are “wonderfully awful” It is exciting and challenging and… no surprise, a lot of work. At times I look and feel like a zombie. It’s a sweet breath of relief. Are you weary?

What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

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The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do -Lil Wayne. Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? It is enough to crack the sanity of even the most self-confident adults. Students are so worried about what their work should look like, they miss the whole point of the activity.

Focus on the Learning, Not the Tool

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The real power of interactive technologies is that they let us learn in ways that aren’t otherwise possible or practical. – David Lassner. Wow…where did the school year go? We have only 24 days remaining! At school, we have been busy going about the business of learning, and in the evenings, I have been busy going about the business of dissertation writing.

Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

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Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Jen Selinsky. My kindergarten students are becoming voracious readers and most of them are ready for some fresh book selections. I like to create books for them to read and you can read more about that here. While I love using iBooks Author to create multi-touch books, I realize not everyone has access to a Macbook to create them.

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Poetry Notebooks with Book Creator

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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch. Each Friday, we take a break from our Writing Workshop activities and work in our poetry notebooks. Young children love poems and songs. Every week, we have a designated poem that goes with our unit. I have made a poster out of it and attached a plastic coat hanger to the back. Then, it hit me…Book Creator!

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Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

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There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing-Isaac D’Israeli. As a kindergarten teacher, my day is spent immersing my students in literacy activities. Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it. We use Book Creator for our math journals. Through continuous literacy activities, we can build fluency. PreKinders.

iPad Math Journals in Kindergarten

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When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence. Sergey Brin. Math confidence is something I did not have in school. While I am super proud of surviving doctoral stats, I feel the pain of my students when they struggle with math concepts. This week we are working on 2 dimensional shapes. We also used the Pattern Shapes app.

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Here We Go Again

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How do you restart something that had never been turned off? Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky. It doesn’t matter how long I have taught, I always have trouble adjusting expectations with a new class. Summer vacation doesn’t seem to turn off the “old class” switch and turn on the “new class” switch. No worries, it’s a short learning curve. Cheers!

The Power of the iPad in Kindergarten

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Technology won’t replace teachers, but teachers who don’t teach with technology will be replaced. unknown. Last week, our school iPads were replaced. We were very excited to exchange our iPad 2’s for the new iPad Air. Our old iPads served us well but were suffering from frequent app crashes. ” I responded, “I’m not sure…maybe we will do some worksheets.”

Visionary Leadership and iPads

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“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”-Helen Helen Keller. Image courtesy of Creative Commons. I’ve spent the last 24 hours with Apple and the schools chosen for the ConnectEd initiative. It was inspiring to watch these very deserving educators receive Apple technology and professional development at this kickoff event. Of course not.

Using the iPad to Develop Student Agency

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Through agentic action, people devise ways of adapting flexibly to remarkably diverse geographic, climatic and social environments; they figure out ways to circumvent physical and environmental constraints, redesign and construct environments to their liking… By these inventive means, people improve their odds in the fitness survival game. Albert Bandura, 1989. See a video on choice writing here.

Mid-March Madness with iPads in Kindergarten

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All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. Martin H. Fischer. We are only 7 days away from our spring break. I love my job, but am ready for a breather. The kids are ready too. You can say we have our own brand of mid-March madness! Today’s post is a bit of a hodgepodge of things. It is pretty reflective of my mind these days…all hither and dither. Here are few samples.

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Creativity and Inspiration with iPads in Kindergarten

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A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.-Brad Brad Henry. I would love to say today’s post is about an awesome lesson I taught, or an amazing activity I had my kids do. The most credit I can claim is allowing voice and choice in the classroom and giving my students time and opportunities to create. They were pretending to teach each other.

Our One Best Image

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“Do your best” by everyone’s mom in the world. Do your best! Give me your best effort! These are words spoken to children by parents and teachers alike. But, what is “best”? If we define it by today’s beauty and fashion standards, we would all feel grossly overweight and substandard. Perhaps, we should stress the word your in those sentences…do your best.

Hour of Code 2015

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It should be mandatory that you understand computer science. will.i.am. Like thousands of other classes, my kindergarten students have been participating in the Hour of Code this week. While you can code anytime, the grassroots campaign takes place the week of December 7-13. All students should have the opportunity to learn how to code. Kodable is free. It is intuitive and simple to follow.

Using the Backchannel in Kindergarten

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When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power. Mark Zuckerberg. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to a young child tell you a story or tell you about an event? It is usually fairly entertaining and fairly lengthy. Today, we used a backchannel called Today’s Meet.

Finding Your Story

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.-Maya Maya Angelou. Well, I’ve been a little busy since my last post. Summer is almost over and I’ve been busily plugging away at my doctoral classes and have recently returned from the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Miami. Our institutes often focus on the power of story. We all have one. We are busy people.

End of Year Roundup

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It’s May…teach yourself. Jen Hatmaker. Image by Jen Hatmaker. People, truer words have never been spoken. The countdown is on here and we are doing a serious blitzkrieg to the finish line with 10 days of school remaining. Correction, 8 full days and 2 half days. This tidal wave of crazy is unavoidable so I just get on the wave and ride. None of these were assigned. In the Classroom

Building Reading Comprehension with iPads

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To me one of the most important skills learned in elementary school is reading comprehension –Erik Mickelson. Are you feeling it? You know…the drag of a winter gone on a little too long and spring just slightly out of reach? Are you feeling pulled in a million different directions? Could you use just a hot minute to sit for a bit and just be? I feel your pain. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7

Using the iPad for Addition

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The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. -S. Gudder. We have been working on adding recently in class. We have used counters, fingers, blocks…you name it…if it’s countable, we’ve used it! Fortunately, we also have some apps that help us with addition also. You can see more information on these here.

Here’s to a New School Year!

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ” -Arthur Ashe. Well…it has been way too long since I have posted! Life has gotten in the way, but we are back at school and are just finishing up our 20th day. We have been working hard on procedures and routines. These procedures and routines include the use of our iPad devices. You can read about that here.

Keep It Simple

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Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd. Kevin Barnett. American Thanksgiving has just passed and we are on the bullet train to Christmas! How are things where you are…busier than ever I am guessing? With all of the “must-do’s” that come with teaching, it is easy to let content design take a back seat to “getting it all in”. What an amazing experience!

The Hour of Code in Kindergarten

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All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.- Martin Fischer. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem solving skills, logic and creativity.

2-Page Spreads in iBooks Author

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Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. author unknown. Recently, I was presenting on iBooks Author from the Early Childhood perspective along with 2 other Apple Distinguished Educators presenting from the middle school perspective. I was so excited about their work and was inspired to try my hand at creating a 2-page spread activity in iBooks Author. Pilgrims and Indians.

10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

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The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].

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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

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Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].