This year Howard After-School Program piloted iPads with our students. Each class had one week to learn how to use the tablets and complete curriculum utilizing these resources.
In the Kindergarten/First Grade class they learned about fractured fairy tales by reading aloud a traditional fairy tale. Afterward students created their own fractured fairy tales by employing the fractured fairy tale tool interactive. After brainstorming, students performed their new story with puppets.
In the Second/Third Grade class they learned about California gray whales through watching videos on the iPads and then they completed research on specific websites. At the conclusion, students were filmed delivering a newscast within their groups with the knowledge they gained.
In the fourth through sixth grade classes they learned about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. They discovered through narratives and multimedia how songs were important to slaves, and how many times they had ulterior meanings. In the course of listening to music performed by artists and studying codes and definitions commonly utilized in each piece, students were able to compose their own songs and perform them while being filmed.
All in all, every student was able to apply their newly gained knowledge of the iPad in each project, and was truly excited to learn something new!