iPads in Kindergarten

Karen Lirenman (@KLirenman) and Kristen Wideen (@mrswideen) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom,  Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. (This episode is from our vault of most popular shows of all time – and it was the first show! Kristen and Karen share timeless principles of excellent teaching with 1:1 and iPads in the kindergarten classroom. It deserves a relisten for everyone who hasn’t heard this show!)

2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

The problem with iPads is there are so many apps and so many choices. It is easy for teachers to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them.

Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom.

In this podcast episode, we cover a lot in just a few short minutes. We talk about favorite apps and biggest mistakes with implementing iPads in the classroom. Topics include:

  • Kristen and Karen’s favorite apps (that they use almost every day)
  • The basic workflow of each of the apps with their students
  • Lessons learned from their first few years of using iPads with kids
  • Mistakes that teachers don’t want to make when they get started!

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This show originally aired as show #1 and here is the transcript! Note that the giveaways in the original show are not happening now! TRANSCRIPT #01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

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Kristen Wideen

Kristen has spent her career teaching and engaging primary school children in the United States and Canada.Through her innovative, student-driven projects, she teaches classes to take chances and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century. Kristen encourages her students to create, collaborate, and be open to try new things in her classroom every day. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education through the University of Windsor, completed her master’s in the art of teaching at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, and was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. She frequently writes about her educational journey at www.mrswideen.com, and enjoys inspiring educators to use technology in innovative ways by speaking at conferences.

Karen Lirenman

Karen Lirenman is a multi-age Grade 1-3 teacher in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who loves to provide her students with choice in how they learn, show, and share their knowledge. She engages them globally through video conferencing, Twitter, and blogging and uses technology as seamlessly as possibly to make this all happen. http://www.klirenman.com/

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