There's so much that you can do with an iPad, and this summer we've been learning about ways to use an iPad in the classroom, apps that are great for the classroom, and great app/iPad sites that are helpful to teachers! We both have a classroom iPad that we started using in classrooms last year. We received them mid year, and are very thankful for our parent group that purchased them for us! We use them during our literacy and math centers. Our kiddos absolutely LOVE it and we have quite a few apps that they enjoy!
Below are two apps that we've recently discovered.
This app not only has tens frames, but it also has frames for five, 10, 20 & 100! You can do so much with it and it's FREE!!! We love that it has colored counters (very similar to the counters used in the math program we teach from. You can also change the counters to other shapes and colors. This could be used in a whole group lesson (projected on a White or SMART Board, or just holding up and showing particular numbers. Number recognition activities are definitely activities we focus heavily on in first grade, especially during the first several months of school.
Here's another fun one that we'll definitely have our first graders use at literacy centers. This one has a free and paid version. We've just tried out the free version and it only contains capital letters. The paid includes lowercase, numbers, symbols, and other figures. Along with literacy centers, we plan to use this during small reading groups during word work lessons. Since our small groups are 20-25 minutes each without a lot of time between to prepare for the next group, this app will work great!
We created some worksheets that could be used at centers that fit nicely with both of these apps. Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!
Have a great week!