Mr. Schu’s 2nd Graders Highly Recommend These Apps

When I received an email last spring informing me that my school library would receive eight iPads at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the biggest smile took over my face. Within moments of reading the news, the myriad of ways I could integrate them into the existing curriculum invaded my brain. I pictured my K-5 students creating content, collaborating with peers, and exploring quality apps.

As the school year comes to a close, it is time to unpack my metacognition hat and evaluate the implementation of iPads in the library. Did my students spend the school year engaged in the types of activities I envisioned? Yes! Did I emphasize how each app could be used outside of school? You better believe it! Will I make adjustments during summer break? Absolutely! Will I explore hundreds of apps during summer break? You bet!  Will I take my students’ opinions into account? Of course! Their opinions are an important part of this process.

I created a survey to see which apps my enthusiastic second graders thought were shining stars.  (Please click here to view the survey.)

STORYBOOK APP 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!

Author: Mo Willems

Developer: Disney Publishing

Price: $6.99

NONFICTION BOOK APP

Bobo Explores Light

Author: Greg Fusco

Developer: Game Collage

Price: $4.99 (WORTH EVERY PENNY)

DIGITAL STORYTELLING

ToonTastic 

Developer: Launchpad Toys

Price: Free

POTPOURRI 

ScreenChomp

Developer: TechSmith Corporation

Price: Free

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Our guest blogger today is  John Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu), a  teacher-librarian at Brook Forest Elementary School.  He is a member of the ALSC Children and Technology committee.

You can visit him online at Watch. Connect. Read. and Two Libraries, One Voice.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

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4 Responses to Mr. Schu’s 2nd Graders Highly Recommend These Apps

  1. What a cool post. I think it is wonderful that you surveyed the kids. They are lucky to have a librarian like you at their school.

  2. Leslie Hesterman says:

    John,
    Would love to hear how you structured your program. Did you just use the iPads during library time? Every week or just for special projects? Check out to teachers? Check out to students? Crowd control during library time? What guidelines did you set for the students?

    I can imagine a major crush at the table when I set my few iPads out! Would love to hear more!
    Thanks, Leslie

    • Shelly says:

      John,
      Same questions as Leslie. The list of apps on the survey is inspiring but I can’t quite figure out how to get all of that to fit into 40 minutes a week, especially with only 8 iPads! Please share!
      Shelly

  3. Ame Dyckman says:

    I want ToonTastic! THANKS!

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