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Enhancing the Creative Process in Young Children with iPad

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Recently, I was chatting with a colleague who teaches first grade.

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Alphabet Journal with Book Creator

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When I was in the classroom, my students kept a math journal on their iPad. It was made in Book Creator and I’ve written about it here and here. They loved the ability to capture their thinking and learning on the iPad and it was a great way to show cumulative growth over the school year.

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Investigating Animals with Young Children and the iPad

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Children are naturally inquisitive about animals and nature. When I was teaching kindergarten, my students would always be excited to tell me about a new pet, or a recent trip to the zoo or the aquarium. In fact, the first words of many children are dog, bunny, or cat.

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Coding With Young Learners

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I’m often asked about coding with young learners. Is it appropriate? Is it too difficult? When done well, it is both appropriate and fun for young children to dive into the coding world. Coding is a basic literacy in our digital age; and just like reading and writing, it is best to start early.

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Coding With Young Learners

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I’m often asked about coding with young learners. Is it appropriate? Is it too difficult? When done well, it is both appropriate and fun for young children to dive into the coding world. Coding is a basic literacy in our digital age; and just like reading and writing, it is best to start early.

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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.

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Me and My World-Teaching Sustainability to Young Children

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A greater focus has been placed on our environment in recent years. We hear the terms sustainability, climate crisis, global warming, carbon footprint, hazardous waste, greenhouse effect, and more…all aimed at raising awareness.

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Revive Your Creativity

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When I was in elementary school, I played outside almost every day with my next door neighbor. We created elaborate play schemes, including an outdoor “kitchen”, complete with mud pies. We also had fun reenacting one of our favorite books, Harriet the Spy.

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Creation for Early Learners Using the iPad

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One of the greatest misperceptions about our youngest learners and meaningful technology use, is they “are too young” to be able to do that.

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Using Clips App for Small Moments and Student Reflection

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Many teachers use portfolios to collect and showcase student work throughout the year. These portfolios demonstrate growth over time, provide a means for authentic assessment, promote communication and reflection, and can give some students an alternative means to demonstrate mastery of skills.

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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!

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Collaborative Dot Day Book with Pages

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Merriam Webster defines “create” as to produce through imaginative skill. What struck me is the word “ skill” Creative acts are a means of self-expression, but I hadn’t really thought of it before as a skill.

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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.

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Everyone Can and Should Create

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I must admit, I’ve been in a creative desert for a long time, which has been reflected in my lack of blog posts this past year.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Creation for Early Learners Using the iPad

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One of the greatest misperceptions about our youngest learners and meaningful technology use, is they “are too young” to be able to do that.

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Adapting Classic Stories with iPad

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Children love classic fairy tales and many early childhood classrooms incorporate them into a unit of study. These tales have stood the test of time and when children hear these stories, they often imagine themselves playing a role in them.

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Using the iPad Camera with Young Students

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One of the questions I get asked most often regarding the use of iPad devices in early childhood classrooms is “How do I get started?” ” If you’ve not used the iPad with young children before, it can seem a bit overwhelming.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

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There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. Maurice Sendak. We are 35 days into this school year and several of my students are reading. They are excited when they find words and phrases they know in books and in environmental print.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adapting Classic Stories with iPad

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Children love classic fairy tales and many early childhood classrooms incorporate them into a unit of study. These tales have stood the test of time and when children hear these stories, they often imagine themselves playing a role in them.

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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?

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.