Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fantastic Resource for Math iPad Apps and Websites

I have this really big dream of obtaining iPads for my classroom.
Unfortunately, there are a few obstacles standing in the way of this dream coming true. 

The first problem is that I don't know enough about the wonderful range of educational apps available for iPads. The second issue is money. I can't control the money issue (yet), but I can work to become better educated about using iPads in the classroom. 

Today I took a step toward educating myself and attended a Professional Development conference on the newest iPad apps and websites for teaching mathematics in the K-2 classroom. It was presented by Christina Tondevold and it was A-MAZ-ING. Seriously. 

Here's why: she actually tests out math apps and websites. She started as a classroom teacher and has a passion for quality mathematics instruction. You know how you go into the iTunes app store or find a LONG list of math apps/websites online but you click on them and half of them are garbage? Christina is a woman after my own heart. She doesn't talk about things that are junk or a waste of time. FINALLY, someone to do the classroom tech research for me. 

Anyway, Christina started K-2 Math Apps a blog to share the best websites and apps as she discovers them. Not only that, but the links are organized into separate pages (Counting and Cardinality, Place Value, Spatial Reasoning, just to name a few.) Seriously. You know how much I love organization. She even has a page listing Apps that are great teacher tools. 

Ok, I'll stop gushing. Now that Christina has begun my education on classroom iPad use, I need to devise a new plan for obtaining classroom iPads. (Apparently you have to teach in a public school to join Donors Choose. Sad face.) 

Do any generous benefactors want to donate classroom iPads to a poor Catholic school teacher with a boatload of ambition and a love for shiny gadgets? 

15 comments:

  1. Hi Maria,
    Just got your message on my blog - thanks so much for stopping by. I am your newest follower and love this post because I just got word that I might be getting 6 iPads for my classroom sometime this year. I am only somewhat familiar with Apps that are out there, but I will be on the hunt for more reliable information as I learn more. Thanks for leaving the link here. I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be getting some for your classroom soon!!!!

    Melissa :)
    First Grade Smiles

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  2. Thanks for sharing, I am always trying to find good apps, but since I do computer labs and Reading that is what I know, so again Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome. My next task is to find great reading apps as well!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this resource. I have a Donors Choose project for an iPad which I hope will get funded. Have you thought of adding a Donate button on your site?

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    1. Hmmmm.... it never occurred to me to add a donate button to my site... I will have to look into it!

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  4. Thanks for sharing Christina's website. It will be very useful!

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    1. You're welcome! Some things are so good they just HAVE to be shared :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing this resource. It is hard to work through all the new technology.

    Sue
    theverybusykindergarten

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    1. Don't I know it! New technology is amazing, but it also makes my head spin. It's always nice to find a simple, dependable resource.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been blessed to have an iPad for over a year now and I love it! I just got 8 ipod touches which work almost the same. I have a few posts on my blog about iPads, so if you do get one, you can check them out if you'd like.

    Joell <--your newest follower.
    Totally Terrific Teaching

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  7. Maria,
    Thanks so much for sharing Christina's website. I love visiting YOUR website too! Recently, I found this Kindergarten teacher's website...wonderful ways to use the iPad!! http://davisonkindergarten.blogspot.com/
    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Your iPad activities are great. I am working on a "Top Ten" list of ways to use iPads for mathematics, but I will now plan on adding your site as a resource for them to check out as well.

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    2. Pam, thanks for the great resource!

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  8. Thanks for the shout-out, Maria. Joined your site and can't wait to learn more from you.

    Christina

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  9. Hi, I'm your newest follower. I found you through Schoolgirl Style. (Melanie rocks) I wish I had an I pad too. Jessica
    Tales of a First Grade Teacher

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