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iPads enable students to kinesthetically connect with their work (especially important for young learners). These tactile elements – using fingers to zoom, rotate in, pinch close, or swipe across – as well as increasingly interactive and immersive apps, facilitate hands-on learning.

In addition, iPad mobility means that students can take pictures, record audio, and shoot video, in any number of places. They can tell multimedia stories, screencast how to solve math problems, create public service announcements, simulate virtual tours of ancient cities, and so much more. Active consumption,curation, and creativity suit the device.

BYOT Lesson Plan Ideas

  • Create digital stories using StoryKit, Show Me, Doodle Buddy or Toontastic
  • Check the local weather, track over a period of time
  • Read and listen to books
  • AR
  • Use a Dictionary app to look up unknown or unfamiliar words for definition and/or pronunciation
  • Type rough drafts, take notes, summarize, write poems, argue and support and brainstorm
  • Use audio apps for recording, interviewing and storytelling
  • Create a slideshow
  • Research
  • Blogging using Kidsblog, Edublogs, or Gaggle for personal reflection, discussion and sharing
  • Scavenger hunt with QR Codes
  • Use Educreations to create/teach a math strategy
  • Calculate distances using Google maps
  • Create study guides and flashcards for independent study/test prep
  • Create a video/movie to show mastery of concept
  • Use as student response systems to show student’s understanding of a concept
  • Organize notes, work with Evernote - Evernote can also be used as a digital portfolio
  • Use clock/timer and calendar app as a time management tool
  • Complete assignments in Discovery Education
  • Practice reading fluency and decoding of words
  • Create a Backchannel to facilitate classroom discussion
  • Practice/reinforce skills using educational apps (math facts, etc.)
  • Digital Citizenship

Aurasma App

Aurasma is a super cool augmented reality app. Aurasma creates "Auras" that allow you to hover over an object or image (like a poster on a wall) and another image or even a video will appear on the screen to give you more information. Imagine this: A science teacher wants to teach her students about lab equipment and safety. An aura is created so that when the student scans eye goggles with the Aurasma app, a video about eye safety will begin to play on the iPad.
Draw your favorite artist and embed a video about the artist
Draw a picture/find a picture of a place you visited/vacation and create a recording of your experiences
Create a safety video, or a how to video

Geoboard and Educreations
Using an app like Geoboard – they can create different shapes and snap pictures of their work.
(press and hold down the "Home" button, and while doing so, press and hold down the "On/Off - Sleep/Wake" button)
Then students can import these pictures into Educreations (they’ll be automatically saved to the iPad Camera roll). Using the record and narrate features in Educreations, your students can explain what type of shape they made and list its properties. It’s a great way for students to explain their thinking and can be used in a digital portfolio.

K and 1st Grade Vocabulary Words - Creating a Collage with Pic Collage
The students can write a sentence in Pic Collage (free app) to show understanding of a vocabulary word and then insert a picture from their camera roll. This can be saved to the camera roll as “Save to Library.”
The students can also illustrate their word using Doodle Buddy (free app) and import it into Pic Collage.
Open up Doodle Buddy, draw, and then click on the wrench to save to photo album. Then you can import the illustration from the camera roll into Pic Collage.
Pic Collage can also be used by the student to show "I can break numbers into tens and ones." First choose 4 teen numbers, draw the tens frame in Doodle Buddy and show the ones outside the frame. Import this into Pic Collage and type out their breakdown of the number into tens and ones.

Educreations for Kindergarten
Put 2 groups of our children together and let them come up with a number story with a partner. The students will plan together and write it out on paper first. The students will decide if it was an addition story or a subtraction story first, then they would decide what object(s) would be used in the number story. An example: We had 4 flowers. We gave 2 flowers away. We had 2 flowers left.

After the story was written out and illustrated on paper, the pair opened their Educreations app. Educreations is a free interactive whiteboard for iPad. Students can create a video tutorial, record and play their voice, add photos from the camera or their own drawings, and can animate their images by dragging them around the screen while recording. Each pair of students decided who would read the story problem first and who would illustrate the story problem while it was being read. Then they reversed roles and recorded it on the other student's iPad. This way both students had their work to show.

This app has so many possibilities and is so easy to use. You can even create lessons on the app and have students watch it as needed to work on a skill. Lessons can be shared via email.

Using Photo Scavenger Hunts in the ClassroomCheck out some examples of task lists for photo scavenger hunts below, broken down by subject area:
Find examples of complementary colors
Find different types of patterns
Find pieces of inspiration for your next work
Find geological formations
Find things that didn’t exist 10 years ago
Find flora and fauna
Find examples of chemical reactions
Find examples of gravitational pull
Find pictures that describe vocabulary words
Find pictures of different types of angles
Find geometrical shapesFind perpendicular and parallel lines

ChoiceBoard Creator is the perfect (free) app for creating customizable choice boards.
It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.
Examples of choice boards/activities:•Odd one out (find the image that is different)•Music player (touch the correct image to play the tune)•Present vocabulary, sight words, shapes, numbers, or alphabets in array of boxes and ask your child to find the right one.