The iPad that Apple has provided finally arrived.  After taking a quick trip home to get the iPad, I spent the week researching fun, educational apps for kids.  There are many websites that provide highlights to discounted apps, reviews on apps, and classes around the nation using iPads to enhance learning.  My favorite app that I have found so far is called StoryKit.  I hope to use this one with the children as soon as possible.  This app not only allows children to draw pictures and create a book, but the children can also take real pictures and put them in their book, type sentences, and talk.  This is exactly what Mrs. Frederick and I have been talking about finding for the children.  After the children create their book, it is saved.  This book can be printed and made into a great keepsake.  Apps such as these can be a great tool in tracking the progress of children in the classroom.  This can also keep parents and family in the loop on the great learning experiences going on in the classroom.  I am in the process of finding more educational apps and organizing them.  Next week will begin my work inside the classroom with the children.  It will be interesting to see how the children react to the apps and how the iPads impact teaching and learning.

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    My name is Kaitlin Ashley.  I am a few hours away from being a senior at the University of North Alabama.  This blog will be about researching the impacts of iPads in the kindergarten teaching and learning environment.  It will follow this process from the very beginning, and it will keep everyone up-to-date on what is going on in Mrs. Frederick's Kindergarten class.


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