Good morning. I wanted to write a post and update everyone on my “planning progress” for the iPad program. I have begun creating lesson plans for iPad use. I feel that it is important to have a very structured plan of how to use them in the classroom. Simply playing with the apps is not effective enough for what we are trying to accomplish.
For example, I plan to give a traditional phonics lesson and follow it with an iPad lesson using the Osmo. This way, we are taking a multi sensory approach to phonics. The first part is traditional teacher instruction. For example, I may teach the children the letter g and what sound it makes. Next, I would have hands on learning at the board. A child would be called up to spell a “g word” as I say it phonetically. The class would work together to make sure the word is correct. The children would then return to their seats and complete a worksheet about the letter g. The last step of this lesson may be an activity that ties in our new letter with all of the previous knowledge that we have about phonics. I always need to assess the children and make sure that they have mastered the lesson and are able to apply it effectively. I like to use dictation activities and give the children incentive by making it into a game. For example, “The word that I want you to spell is…get.” The children will write the word on their dry erase boards and hold them up when they think its correct. The first child to get it right gets a ticket. (I have a ticket system for positive reinforcement in academics as well as behavior. Every Friday, the children get to “buy” prizes if they have enough tickets.)
Once this lesson is complete, we transition into an iPad lesson. It will be tied into the common core standards, like any other lesson. This lesson may align with the CCLS L.K.2d.
The children would get into groups and do an activity on the Osmo. This would be directly related to the previous lesson as it works on phonics and expects the children to use letter sounds to spell basic words.
This is just a blueprint for a type of lesson that will be used to incorporate iPads into the classroom. Of course, there are many more details and aspects to this lesson. I just wanted to give you all an idea of what I am planning to do this year.
Have a great day!