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  1. page Grade_3_May edited ... May's focus: Rockin' Rocks & Minerals Wow! If you want to hit a wall with iPad apps, se…
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    May's focus:
    Rockin' Rocks & Minerals
    Wow! If you want to hit a wall with iPad apps, search for apps on rocks & minerals. That are elementary and basic. And user-friendly. And appealing in nature (pun intended). Go ahead. I’ll wait.
    …......
    Back so soon? What’d ya get? I got ONE. Uno. Eins. I really truly thought I would be able to find some outstanding, rockin’ apps! HD-quality photos with some great games! Well, I got an app (easyLearn Rocks & Minerals $0.99) though it’s not one I’d necessarily recommend you rush to download. HOWEVER, it DOES show many photographs of different rocks and minerals as well as give lots of information. It also has some quizzes, puzzles, trivia, and sorting. That being said, it’s not very user-friendly. There is a huge learning curve, there are no settings (other than sound), and when playing the games or taking a quiz, there is no score kept. The best parts of the app are the puzzles part (where players can put together a picture to form a rock/mineral/landscape with a description) and the sorting (where players sort rocks/minerals into different groups).
    Looks like I’ll be continuing my search for rockin’ apps!

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  2. page Grade_3_April edited ... Yes, Toto, there are over 3,500 math apps in the App Store. 3,583 iPad apps to be exact (at la…
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    Yes, Toto, there are over 3,500 math apps in the App Store. 3,583 iPad apps to be exact (at last check) and hundreds are being added weekly. So again, therein lies the dilemma of finding those Ruby Red Slippers that work their magic to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West (aka brain fuzz/mental blocks/unmotivated students).
    So, following the Yellow Brick Road through the App Store, I stumbled upon Math Bingo (a whopping $0.99). Talk about motivating! This app has captured the attention of many’a student in our room. One of the fabulous features of this app is that it gives you the option for choosing adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. Since I really just wanted my students to have extra practice, I wasn’t too concerned with recording all of their information (as in the Math Drills app). However, there are enough players you can add (30) so that every student can log in and play with their own avatar. I wanted to motivate the unmotivated and get them practicing their math. In the beginning, I would tell them which operation to practice. But, after a while students knew which to choose. One of the favorite parts of this app for students was the ‘Bingo Bugs’ part. After each round of practice, students earned a Bingo Bug that was added to their collection.
    {bingo==== {bingo bugs.PNG} How
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    How
    hysterical are
    Continuing on toward the Emerald City of Math Wisdom, I found some so-so fraction apps. The one we seemed to enjoy the most was the Fractions. Smart Pirate app ($0.99). With this app, students can practice simple fractions, equivalent fractions, adding fractions, and comparing fractions while choosing an easy, medium, or hard level. Nothing is recorded for players and there is no ‘log-in’ for players, everyone plays as a guest. We often used this app as a whole class game/discussion using the Smart Board as well. Finding an appropriate elementary-aged fraction app proved to be a more difficult task than anticipated, so I’m glad we came away with something that students could use to practice!
    {pirate==== {pirate fractions.PNG} Well,
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    Well,
    the munchkins
    ...
    Wicked Witch!

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  3. page Grade_3_June edited ... {http://www.easthartford.org/uploaded/oconnell/O%27Connell_School_Tigers.jpg} June's focus: …
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    June's focus:
    Professional Growth Time!
    What a year! Can’t believe this first year of iPad investigation is coming to an end already. Where did the time go? Well, one thing is for sure, it ain’t over yet! The capabilities with iPads in the classroom are far-reaching and vast, therefore there is no end in sight!
    Below you will find my Professional Growth.
    {2012Breen Prof Growth Plan.doc}
    I decided early in the year that I wanted the students to tell me their thoughts on the apps we used in the classroom. I wanted their honest opinions of the apps in order for them to guide me in new apps for future use. Here is the form we created together:
    {Student iPad rubric.docx}
    Here are their results: (note: only 4 students were able to use the Teach Me app)
    {rate the app.xls}
    What’s obvious to me, is that the apps that kept students coming back for more were the most engaging ones. I was also interested in the question about what students would do to change the app; many talked about better graphics (Cursive app), harder words (Teach Me app- used by my Tier 3 students), and being able to see their goofy stories come to life in a video (Mad Libs app). The Math Bingo was a rock star and apparently doesn’t need a thing changed! ‘I would not like to change a thing! I love it!’, student who was previously unmotivated to do any math until this app came along.
    Although this year has come to an end, I am grateful for the experience and looking forward to what is to come with this lil’ buddy o’ mine! On to the next investigation…iPad meets IB and the O’C staff!
    To be continued…

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Wednesday, June 6

  1. page Grade_3_April edited ... Yes, Toto, there are over 3,500 math apps in the App Store. 3,583 iPad apps to be exact (at la…
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    Yes, Toto, there are over 3,500 math apps in the App Store. 3,583 iPad apps to be exact (at last check) and hundreds are being added weekly. So again, therein lies the dilemma of finding those Ruby Red Slippers that work their magic to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West (aka brain fuzz/mental blocks/unmotivated students).
    So, following the Yellow Brick Road through the App Store, I stumbled upon Math Bingo (a whopping $0.99). Talk about motivating! This app has captured the attention of many’a student in our room. One of the fabulous features of this app is that it gives you the option for choosing adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. Since I really just wanted my students to have extra practice, I wasn’t too concerned with recording all of their information (as in the Math Drills app). However, there are enough players you can add (30) so that every student can log in and play with their own avatar. I wanted to motivate the unmotivated and get them practicing their math. In the beginning, I would tell them which operation to practice. But, after a while students knew which to choose. One of the favorite parts of this app for students was the ‘Bingo Bugs’ part. After each round of practice, students earned a Bingo Bug that was added to their collection.
    {bingo bugs.PNG}
    How
    How hysterical are
    Continuing on toward the Emerald City of Math Wisdom, I found some so-so fraction apps. The one we seemed to enjoy the most was the Fractions. Smart Pirate app ($0.99). With this app, students can practice simple fractions, equivalent fractions, adding fractions, and comparing fractions while choosing an easy, medium, or hard level. Nothing is recorded for players and there is no ‘log-in’ for players, everyone plays as a guest. We often used this app as a whole class game/discussion using the Smart Board as well. Finding an appropriate elementary-aged fraction app proved to be a more difficult task than anticipated, so I’m glad we came away with something that students could use to practice!
    {pirate fractions.PNG} Well, the munchkins and I are off to continue following the Yellow Brick Road in search of more apps to assist us in destroying the Wicked Witch!

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  2. page Grade_3_April edited ... April's focus: Fractions & Multiplication & Division...oh my! Students: Do you s’po…
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    April's focus:
    Fractions & Multiplication & Division...oh my!
    Students: Do you s’pose we’ll find any math apps?
    Teacher: Mm, we might.
    Students: Apps that s-subtract?
    Teacher: Some, but mostly fractions and multiplication and division.
    Students: Fractions?
    Students: And multiplication?
    Teacher: And division.
    Everyone: Oh my!
    Yes, Toto, there are over 3,500 math apps in the App Store. 3,583 iPad apps to be exact (at last check) and hundreds are being added weekly. So again, therein lies the dilemma of finding those Ruby Red Slippers that work their magic to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West (aka brain fuzz/mental blocks/unmotivated students).
    So, following the Yellow Brick Road through the App Store, I stumbled upon Math Bingo (a whopping $0.99). Talk about motivating! This app has captured the attention of many’a student in our room. One of the fabulous features of this app is that it gives you the option for choosing adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. Since I really just wanted my students to have extra practice, I wasn’t too concerned with recording all of their information (as in the Math Drills app). However, there are enough players you can add (30) so that every student can log in and play with their own avatar. I wanted to motivate the unmotivated and get them practicing their math. In the beginning, I would tell them which operation to practice. But, after a while students knew which to choose. One of the favorite parts of this app for students was the ‘Bingo Bugs’ part. After each round of practice, students earned a Bingo Bug that was added to their collection.
    {bingo bugs.PNG}
    How hysterical are those bugs? (The creators knew what they were doing with this app!) They could then tilt the iPad and tap the bugs to flip them around and around to their heart’s content. The music to go with it is hilarious as well. Okay, a bit annoying at times and yes, I often eye-balled the kids to turn it down if it was a bit loud during small groups…but overall it was great!
    Continuing on toward the Emerald City of Math Wisdom, I found some so-so fraction apps. The one we seemed to enjoy the most was the Fractions. Smart Pirate app ($0.99). With this app, students can practice simple fractions, equivalent fractions, adding fractions, and comparing fractions while choosing an easy, medium, or hard level. Nothing is recorded for players and there is no ‘log-in’ for players, everyone plays as a guest. We often used this app as a whole class game/discussion using the Smart Board as well. Finding an appropriate elementary-aged fraction app proved to be a more difficult task than anticipated, so I’m glad we came away with something that students could use to practice!
    {pirate fractions.PNG} Well, the munchkins and I are off to continue following the Yellow Brick Road in search of more apps to assist us in destroying the Wicked Witch!

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    6:28 pm
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