iPad Launch Lesson in 1st Grade

Today we launched the iPads in first grade.  After several technical delays due to syncing issues, we launched a one-to-one, hands-on introduction this afternoon.  My tech coordinator pushed-in to help with this lesson and it was wonderful to have two adults to provide support and also model appropriate iPad behaviors.  My amazing tech coordinator taught students how to transport the iPad using a “table-top” carry, how to use a “butterfly touch” to interact with the screen and how to keep the device flat upon the table when working.

For our initial launch lesson we taught students how to use Whiteboard. Prior to the lesson a photo of each child (holding their calendar number) was synced to Photos.   On the rug with the whole group my tech coordinator modeled how to open Whiteboard.  She then showed students how to use the “Open” feature to locate their photo in the Photos folder.  Next, she modeled how to use the Whiteboard tools to decorate the photo.  Students were then called to the iPad cart to pick up their device and practice carrying it to their seat using the “table-top” carry.  Students then replicated the lesson they had observed on the rug and used Whiteboard to decorate their photo. After decorating their photo, one of the teachers guided each child to save the image in Photos and then taught students to use the “Start Over” feature to clear their screen and begin a new project.

Once the image was saved to Photos the tech coordinator and I saved the image as the “Lock Screen” and “Home Screen.” Now each child’s device opens with an image of the child and their syncing number.

This initial lesson served as an introduction to Whiteboard and also provided an opportunity to personalize each device so they can be easily located, managed and synced.  They lesson went very smoothly!  I believe that Whiteboard is a terrific app to use for the initial lesson experience as it teaches kids how to touch and interact with the screen in a variety of ways.  It is non-threatening and easy to use for all.  Students can view their work immediately and gain confidence as they see themselves as competent iPad users.

Most importantly, my students were thrilled to use their iPads!  They cradled their iPads like babies as they traveled to their table seats.  A hush fell over the room as each child navigated their device.  As I looked around, eyes were wide and mouths were open.  Ahhh…they joys of engaged learning!


About Kristin

Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. A first grade teacher in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She inspires educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. To learn more about her work follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.
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2 Responses to iPad Launch Lesson in 1st Grade

  1. This is so cool! I’m looking forward to reading more about how you and your kids are using iPads! Darling pic too. :)

  2. Kristin says:

    Thanks Diana! We’re having a blast and can’t wait to try more!

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