Saturday, December 6, 2014

iPad apps for the differentiated elementary classroom




Hello again Friends.

Sorry I have been MIA for awhile. I am enjoying my new position as an instructional technology consultant. In the past few months I have told myself I need to blog about this, and about that (I even have a few in draft, this was one the first one I choose to publish out of my To Do list). Finding time to publish hasn't been a priority of mine. I had a conversation last week about "not having enough time". NEWSFLASH, we all have the same amount of time, it is just how we choose to use our 24 hours each day. Some people get up early, NOT ME. Some people stay up late, THAT'S ME. But in the end, we prioritize what is important. As a mom, teacher, wife, and instructional technology consultant, I have to be able to prioritize how I am going to be the best in all these areas. Some days I feel like the best mom, but the jobs suffer. Life is about choices and decisions, how are you going to spend the rest of YOUR day!

*** Thanks for taking a few minutes to read my blog. Here is something for you.

Speaking of time, many teachers don't have time, or have set a priority, to search the iTunes store, blogs, Pinterest, to find the "best iPad apps".  We all have different versions of "best iPad app", my idea of the "best iPad app" is where students are doing the heavy cognitive lifting. I want my students to be creators not just consumers. In an elementary classroom,  using technology to consume is the easiest, having them be creators takes a bit more time and skill. (I know I have been there.) It is important to find a balance that works for you and your students. I am not saying this is the best of the best apps out there, but these are the ones I found most effective in my classroom with my students. They are also very versatile, they can be used across content area and grade levels.

If you use an app that isn't on my list, please let me know. I will continue to improve this list as I learn about new ones or new ways to use the ones listed.

Thank you!

Dahl's Dugout iPad Apps Link