Mrs. Reisner's 2nd Grade Tablets
Posted on 11/13/2014 at 12:31 PM by Jeremy Pearson
Late last year, the FDCSD Board of Education increased our allotment of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) dollars for technology. With these new dollars, I worked with Stacey Cole, our Director of Educational Services, on how to best get these into the hands of students and teachers who would make the most of them. While these additional dollars were a great addition, it was not enough money to solve all of our device access issues at one time. In order to find the best use for these dollars, we created a "technology proposal" project in which groups of teachers could apply to receive new devices from these funds. We had 29 proposals submitted that included 52 teachers. Along with Stacey and myself, we took advantage of Aaron Schmidt and Kirsten Doebel, our new technology integration coordinators, to score and award the proposals. We were able to fund 12 proposals that included 30 teachers.
Mrs. Reisner is a 2nd grade teacher at Butler Elementary. She received 15 android tablets to be used in her classroom. The tablets have been in her classroom for two months now, and she has always allowed me to sneak in to check on how things are going. She was kind enough to share this information below with me, to celebrate a great success we've had.
What are your top apps used in your classroom?
|Cal Master Free is one of the best mathematic, logic puzzles and mind games available! It is a great brain exercise, Cal Master, IQ test, logic games, mental workout, brain puzzle, mathematics game, brain teaser, educational puzzle, party game, game for adults, game for children and family game. If you love to play card games, or tile games like scrabble, mahjong, dominoes; or strategy games like checkers and chess, you will love to play this fun math puzzle game.
|Whack A Sum has been developed for children of primary schools but it's also fun if you're a bit older. It has four categories of exercises:
- Addition and subtraction (normal)
- Addition and subtraction (hard)
- Multiplication (normal)
- Multiplication (hard)
|A Way With Words, the REVERSE Word Search Game” takes that oh-so-familiar puzzle and turns it all backwards. You don’t find words, you create them - forwards and backwards, vertically, horizontally and diagonally - all while using only one letter! Create words with(in) words, words that are different words spelled backwards or words in multiple directions and see your points pile up.
|In CrazyMachines GoldenGears Lite "Rube Goldberg" style puzzle game, experiment and build your wacky contraptions with physics action like never before on the mobile platform! Dazzling visuals of explosives, fire, and true to life physics behavior when you put the experiment into motion!
|Google Earth enables you to explore the globe with a swipe of your finger.
* Fly through 3D cities like London, Tokyo and Rome
* Dive in to view the world at street level with integrated Street View
* Use the Tour Guide to discover exciting new places to explore
* Browse layers like Wikipedia or Photos to learn more about a place
* Visit the Maps Gallery to find interesting maps, e.g. plot real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, view hiking trails and more
You have more kids in your classroom than you have tablets, how do you possibly make that work?
Sometimes the students have a partner, and at the most there are two students working on one tablet. I partner them by ability, sometimes high and low. It's amazing how they learn together!
How much money have you spent on apps so far?
I've only used the free apps so far, and they're working! A couple times one or two tablets are slower, but no biggie! They move to work with someone else on their own.
How the tablets are making a difference in your classroom?
The students LOVED researching our spider unit on the tablets! They love to video themselves reading too, listening to fluency!
Mrs. Reisner has been great in dealing with these new pieces of technology, and her kids really enjoy using them. Contact Mrs. Reisner should you have any specific questions for her. Otherwise, please use the comments below for general questions.
To all of our Dodger teachers, please contact me with any technology success stories you've been having in your classroom, so we can highlight those things going on around the district! Also, if there are other things regarding technology you'd like to hear about, just let me know. I'll write about anything you'd like to hear about, just let me know! Contact me directly!