Kindergarten has been using the iPad to write words.  There is a game called "Spell" that students use to spell out different words.  Some parts make the children move the letters to the correct stop to form the words.  Other words have the students find the letters on the keypad.  The variety of ways provides different ways of recognizing letters and ways to spell the words.  This game also uses incentives.  If the children gets six words correctly, they get a prize.  The prize, much like Teach Me, is an aquarium.  The children love to feed the fish.  Each time they have to find words, the students get quicker.  They are creating words, and their vocabulary is expanding.  The students are also tracing letters on a different app.  There are different ways to trace the letters.  One is a train track, and another is growing grass.  The children love the different ways.  These apps are helping the children to expand their vocabulary and increase their understanding of forming and using letters in words. 

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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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