Friday, December 7, 2012

iPad App Organization in K-1

Our school has implemented a 1-to-1 iPad initiative this school year. My kindergarten learners have benefited from anytime, anyplace learning this school year as a result of this initiative. It is fabulous!

I wanted the iPad applications to be organized so that learners could navigate on their iPad during guided reading and guided math. As I try to give learners more ownership of their education, I want to provide them with the skills necessary to choose an application that meets their needs. This means I needed to organize the iPad applications.

I wanted apps organized by skill. If learners need to choose an application that helps them practice sounds, they need to be able to find the different application choices. With more than 100 apps on our iPads, not filing the apps isn't an option. Many of our learners are unable to read, thus using numbers to label the files seemed to be necessary. So, we numbered each folder as well as gave it a label.

This system has proved to be very effective. I place several skill apps within each folder and allow the learner to choose an application that meets their needs. We discuss apps being too easy or hard for their needs. We also conference to be sure they are making good app choices during practice times. They are taking control of their learning as well as finding apps that are fun and worthwhile.

Skill applications are a wonderful resource, however my favorite folder is '18 create'. The creation apps such as My Story, Animator, Show Me, and PuppetPals are great tools that allow for creativity and learner choice. I would keep those over any of the other skill apps any day!


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  2. Wow! I just found your website and it is like Christmas for me. My district just implemented 1-to-1 iPads this year, too. Not having the technology background you do I have found it difficult to utilize the iPads to their full capacity. We have had them in the hands of the students for about 2 weeks now. Your screen of apps is extensive. Are most of them free or did your district purchase them? I noticed in one of your posts that you attend BSU. I am in Cambridge, ID and would LOVE to observe your class on a Friday if your are in ID and that is something you would be willing to do. I am so glad to have stumbled onto your site and will read all of your posts. Thanks for sharing your talents and work! René rhollon@cambridge432 .org

  3. I sent you an email, Rene. If you have any more questions, please let me know:)

  4. How do you create these files? I am new to the iPad and I just received my first one for my kindergarten classroom.

    1. Hi Katie,
      To create a file folder, you can hold and drag them together. There is a good tutorial here if you can check it out ( From there, we just chose the skills we focus on and number the folders. It is still going well! If you have any other questions, just let me know. Good luck!