Saturday, December 3, 2011

iPod update

This week we have some good, bad, and exciting
things happening with our iPod Touches.

The good news is that all of our iTouches are now restored and backed up to look the same no matter which iPod you have. This will be a great help for all as we begin to use them more and more.

The bad news is that all of our previous information has been wiped clean with the restore, so off we go to earn back the levels that we were on.

The exciting news is that we will have email addresses through our iTouches as of Monday. My intent is for your child to be able to email me their creations from their iPod. One of the goals of our model technology classroom is to be able to create and collaborate and this will allow us to do just that. I will have tight control of this and your child will have limited access at this time- they will be able to email me and you at this time.

I know that some of you have iPods or iPhones or iPads at home and are looking for good apps for your child. Below are just a few of the ones that we are using at school that you may want to add to your devices at home.

Teach Me 1st:  A comprehensive app that reviews spelling, sight words, addition and subtraction facts with your child. It allows your child to earn "coins" to spend at the store as they master content areas. The price is usually $1.99, but currently it is 50% off. You can have up to 4 players registered for this app. This developer also offers Teach Me Kindergarten and Teach Me Toddler for your younger children. I have used both with my younger son and have found all of these to be great!

Math Bingo by ABCya is a fantastic app that combines math skills with a good old-fashioned game of bingo. You begin by choosing the math skill you want to focus on and the level of difficultys another of our favorites that we use to practice our addition and subtraction facts. This app is currently is 99cents in the iTunes store and is available for iPod and iPad.

Yet another app for addition and subtraction fact practice,Pop Math Lite . We are going to begin using this one this week. It is free in the app store and is available for iPod and iPad.

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