Our school will be experimenting with several Android tablets as well as the iPad this summer in hopes of starting a pilot program at some point next school year.  Does anyone have any Apps, Ideas, or Advice they would like to share about using Android Tablets and/or iPads in the classroom?

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My school has been using them since day one of this school year. We are hosting several schools in November but are maxed out for thst visit. You could try and contact The Masters Academy in Oviedo Fl. For info.
Thanks, Mark

Hi Scott, I am curious to how you manage your android devices.  Do you have multiple users accessing a single device?

 

Jen H.

We don't have the devices yet.  We're looking to start a pilot 2nd semester.
I see - is it going to be 1 per student or are you going to have multiple users using them?
It will be 1 per student for the group in the pilot.  We anticipate eventually 1 per student for the whole school if the pilot is successful.
Try Leafsnap, a great freebie. You place a leaf on a white background and shoot a photo of it. The program will then identify the tree it came from and give you additional information.

Thanks to Mike Sebolt for finding this post about Skype.  Definitely some ideas that could be used with tablets in a classroom:

 

Cool Projects With Skype

 

I headed over to the Skype In The Classroom website and discovered there are loads of great projects going on that any class with a Skype account can join. Here are just a few:

High School Literature Discussions-IB English Literature students in Wisconsin are interested in exchanging ideas and conversation via skype, ning, or video conference on various novels and readings including, Like Water for Chocolate (Esquivel), Into the Beautiful North (Urrea), or Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Alexie). Through this exchange, students will share perspectives on literature, school, global issues, and life.

Thankful For Thanksgiving?Looking for classes to Skype in and tell my classes, a wide variety of Grades 1-4, where they are from and what they are thankful this Thanksgiving. This should be just a quick skype call, with 2 or 3 students telling us why they are thankful. And, we will tell your class.

Practicing Graphing-I am looking for a class to play battleship graphing with my class on September 28th or 29th. I have two PreAlgebra classes. One starts at 9:00am central time and the other starts at 9:50am central time. I will provide you with the board template.

What Does Your Sky Look Like?My students are currently studying the solar system and moon phases. I would like to create a project with students from different parts of the world to show students how the Earth is positioned, thus causing different moon phases around the world.

Biomes Around The World- 4 teachers of 3rd/4th graders (8-10 year olds), studying topics such as deserts, rainforests, and oceans would like to connect with other classes learning similar topics or who live near one of the habitats. We would like to Skype with a class, an expert, or anyone who can help us learn about these topics. We can tell you about our biomes- mountain, lake, wetlands!

Regional Skype Pals-We are studying all 50 states, one region at a time. We would like to connect with classrooms all around the country who could give us information on how it is to live in other parts of the country.

That is just a handful. There are other great projects on the site and you can sort by subject area and age level to find the one that is perfect for your class. You can also post a project that you want to do or if you are looking for a speaker, Skype will help you find one to bring into your class.

All you need is a Skype account and an account on the Skype In Education site and you are ready to go.

So why not start creating that wall-less classroom, one Skype call at a time!

 

My school district decided to go with a Kuno Tablet, made by Arcos and designed specifically for student use. The package comes with a clam shell keyboard that connects via a USB cable. The package also has a website called Curriculum Loft (CL) that will be wonderful if it works as demonstrated. Whatever docs, files, or apps we put on CL will be pushed down to the students' devices when they entire the building or have access to WiFi. We teachers can determine when these files, docs, etc. are available for students.  

The students don't have the devices yet. Teachers have them to play with them and see what apps we want to use for instruction. I've gotten lots of good ideas from this discussion thread already.  However, I am still needing a specific app for foreign language learning, specifically speaking practice. We use websites such as Moodle and CLEAR from MSU in the computer lab, but the Kuno tablet does not allow students to record their voices and have that file uploaded to respective server. 

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get these sites to record the students' audio and/or apps out there that will allow students to listen to audio and then respond aurally?

I haven't tried this on a tablet, but Recordroid works well for recording your voice and having a sound file to use as a result.  Not sure if that's what you're looking to do or not.

Thanks, Scott. I'll give it a try. I thought "voice recorder" that's tied to Google Mail would have been an option, but we don't have a way to set that up. Because the OS is designed specifically for schools with students as the users, a lot of the setting features have been removed so that students cannot download their own apps and change certain settings. I'm trying to figure out how they can upload files to our network/servers and no one at my school can answer that question - yet. 

Julie, I just recently learned about this program. When will you be implementing with your students?

Jen

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