Thursday, May 17, 2012

Appy Trails

As the school year winds down we are embarking on change leading into the 21st Century.  In May our Board of Education approved grades 6-8th for a 1:1 initiative using iPads. Over this past school year our JH staff members have had the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the iPad and what type of Apps to use in the classroom.

Over the past few weeks I have been following some interesting blogs for Apps.  So before you leave on your trails for this summer here are a few stops to check out.
  • Here in the TechChef4U they whip up a great deal of ideas for the classroom for using Apps.  There ideas stem from the Bloom's Taxonomy and using mostly FREE Apps with there students.  This blog is sure to spark up and appaetite when reading all the interesting ideas you can cook up with your students next year. Don't forget to download the App on your iPad or Smartphones to stay up on the latest FREE Apps.
  • Its always a busy place with no stops in the road but check out Digital Kindergaten.  From insightful ways to use Technology, and what Apps worked best within the classroom. If you found this blog useful make sure you inspire this blogger to keep sharing to brighten your day.
  • This directory of Apps called APPitic was created for educators to transform learning in the 21st Centrury learning. These apps are tested using a variety of different grade levels, classroom settings, and instructional strategies.  The list is endless to explore and Apps are created and added everyday.  This is a great resource if you are exploring an App to fit within Bloom's Taxonomy or a teaching strategy.

What Apps or readings have sparked your classroom instruction this past year?  Well Appy trails to you and enjoy your summer reading.


  1. Thanks for all of the great links for apps! We are embarking on the iPad journey next year and will be introducing a classroom cart for the teachers to use with their groups--and I am sure these will be great ideas to start with. How do you handle all of the different teachers wanting different apps for their rooms? Do they all have their own accounts? Any advice would be great!

  2. Thank you for sharing some great places to learn about apps! I really enjoyed your post== you are definitely in my rss feed now! :)

  3. Mel in the past our Elementary has only had a few iPads, with anticipating the arrival of more for the lower elementary we a new system taking place. In the past our lower elementary teachers have just put the apps on themselves if they wanted it for their classroom. As we are growing we have now divided each grade level up with their own apple id, and will be using the Apple configurator on the staff members laptops. This will allow the staff members to download the apps, and sync all the apps through a mobile cart. For JH we use the Apple Configurator to push out our JSS profile this will be the same for the HS.

  4. Very informative post. I really think it is time that I join the rest of the education world and get an iPad! If I were to ever re-enter the K-12 world, it sounds like iPad is the way of the world.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I'm so jealous that you're going 1:1 with iPads. They are such versatile devices. However, 1:1 does raise a whole host of issues and questions that must be addressed as well. Our district has about an iPad per class so that the teachers can become acquainted with them.