I have a tech situation I am trying to work through at school.
First, let me say that my school and county are amazing and VERY supportive of teachers and technology! I am blessed in so many ways.
So here is my situation. So far, I own and control all my Apple devices, meaning I can upload and update apps as I need them. I love it and I feel like my students are using these devices to their fullest and we are following all the rules set in place. If I discover an app I love, we can play it the next day!
Soon, I will be getting two devices from the school. It is against the Board of Education’s policy to allow me to “control” these devices. All apps, updates and such have to go through the school’s account and I will not have the password. All apps must be on the approved list to be used. (I should note that I completely agree with all the rules set in place and understand why they have them. I know they are not there to prohibit me from using the devices.)
So… what do I do? Have 7 devices that I control and 2 others I do not in my room?
Also, how I can I use the iTunes portion for listening stations if I can’t sync them to the school’s iTunes account regularly? How does your school manage school-purchased devices? Who updates them? Who pays for the apps? How long does it take for you to get an app added to your devices?
I hate to decline devices, I just don’t know what is worth it to me and my students; finical cost and time cost. I am at a technology crossroads! HELP!
Okay… on to the app stuff!
I was contacted a bit ago by the makers of this app… Counting Together… to check out their NEW math app for little learners.
I had to update my devices to the 6.0 operating system, which I should have done a long time ago!
Then we tried this app out with my students.
This app is versatile…
There are multiple levels, a learning-to-play mode, and assigned student slots that collect data FOR YOU! I love that you can even just let them play without assigning slots as well!
This format is very different from all the apps I have seen so far because it is made for multiple players (1-4) to play ALL at the same time. The board should be laid flat and each student mans aside. They race each other and/or the clock to count and match the number quickly!
IT IS SO MUCH FUN!
Here is what the board (screen) looks like.
I love that I have given one device to 4 students and know they are all playing and learning together.
I gave this game to each table in my room, which has 4 students sitting. I leveled my students according to their ability just to see how competitive it could and would get. Then, I stood back and watched! My students did not need a tutorial; they got it quickly. And the games got a little heated, in a good way. My students were trying hard to beat their classmates.
This app is perfect for the beginning of the year for sure. I also asked the creators to expand on this idea for shapes, addition, subtraction, etc. That way we can use this type of competition game all year long!
I recommend upgrading to the “Plus” version right away. This version allows you to have access to the levels and student vs student mode! The “Plus” version also goes up to number 20 instead of 10. Also, remember that you have to have the 6.0 OS to play this game and it is only for the iPad (no iPhones or iPods here peeps.)
Hope you LOVE this app as well!