|Update: My year 2s used the app independently, check it out on the class blog!|
After the briefest conversation with my HT I have been considering whether I have been using the iPads effectively this year - and thinking about the apps I use and whether they are high quality. Am I still using them innovatively and is this possible with year two children? I am one of those people who lives in the moment and I honestly can forget very quickly the things that I have done. I looked back over our class blog this year and am pleased that I think we have used quality apps effectively, though maybe I could use some apps more often. I'm not sure whether it's innovative use - probably not, but they are being used.
So here are my top apps this year for year 2, in no particular order. All photographs of children have been taken from our class blog this year.
Number 1: Collins Big Cat apps
|Fab for guided reading and writing|
Number 2: Book creator
We used these to create profiles of ourselves to send off to a school in London. The expectation was that they just create one page. This will be built on this half term when they create an ibook about polar bears, then in the summer term an ibook about nocturnal animals. It doesn't replace paper work as their writing in the app is minimalist in comparison with paper based activities. That's because they are concentrating on so many skills here!
Number 3. Puppet Pals
We used this in the autumn term to create animations from our local fen. They designed creatures, took photos at the den, created storyboards then animated!
|Puppet pals animations|
Number 4: Comic life
A great little app for creating posters across the curriculum. We used it to show knowledge and understanding of Samuel Pepys.
|Comic Life (posters about Pepys!)|
Number 5: Brushes
Creating art work in the style of Hockney as part of our environmental artists work. We used the ipad to take photographs of our natural art too.
Number 6: Google maps/Earth
|Use in conjunction with atlases!|
Number 7: Skitch
Not just great for planning journeys, it can be used in lots of ways!
|Using Skitch to plan routes|
Number 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, programming apps: Beebot, ALEX, Daisy Dino, Fix the Factory and Scratch
Number 13: Twinkl phonics suite
A child in my class uses this daily for the brilliant pairs activity and letter formation as well as phonics practice. Lovely little app!
Number 14: Primary games maths apps
We use these regularly for boosting their rapid recall of number pacts. There are lots of great apps available!
Number 15: Explain everything / screen chomp
I haven't made use of these yet this year. They have been planned for, but my children haven't been secure enough to do what I have wanted them to do. My aim is for my top mathematicians to explain strategies for pencil and paper procedures by using the apps. We will get there by the end of the year!
16: Clicker grids
I can't believe I intially forgot this! Eek! I have used this fabulous app with a child in my class with SEN and it has enabled him to write his own pieces. Equally, a child with ASD who comes to my literacy group has been inspired to use it (he loves tech) and he writes much more quickly with it. I have blogged about the app here, which somehow I reverted to draft after publishing, so have republished it now! I will take a photo very soon.
They are the apps I use regularly - many other quality apps are available and we will be exploring more this year, like Little Fox Music Box and possibly i-movies bu the end of the year. Incidentally, the two top apps that I use regularly as a teacher are popplet and blogger. I also love Nosy Crow books for whole class teaching (they are a little expensive for all ipads).
You can see lots more quality apps from EYFS to KS2 on my ipad site.