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Schooling for the 21st Century and Beyond…

At Kamo Primary we are trying to empower students to be life long learners – ‘Learning for the Future’ – through global citizenship where they can develop the following…

  • ubiquity – anywhere, anytime, any pace, any people learning
  • agency – the power to act – informed/empowered/enabled learners
  • connectedness – edgeless education, connected minds

iPod’s & iPad’s in the Classroom

Many students already own an iPod Touch or iPad, so we would like to explore its potential as an engaging and powerful learning tool.

In 2011, we started using iPod Touch’s & iPad’s for learning and moving forward we are actively encouraging students to bring their iPod’s or iPad’s from home (this is known as BYOD or Bring Your Own Device), for use in the classroom. Each device will be configured to our school system to give it access to our Wi-Fi network which allows students to browse the web and connect to the iTunes store. We will encourage students to use Apps that we use on our school iPod’s & iPad’s, which have an educational focus and support their learning across all curriculum areas in the classroom.

The Board of Trustees has invested a significant amount of money in this area and we currently have 9 classes using iPad or iPod technology. We have two 1:1 iPad classes in operation – one in Year 5/6, and one in Year 3/4.

Thinking of Purchasing an iPod Touch or iPad for your child to use at home or school? The following retailers sell iPod’s & iPad’s…

  • Harvey Norman
  • Dick Smith
  • The Warehouse
  • Noel Leeming
  • Apple Store online
  • Barrells 100% – Whangarei

Useful Apps – (Applications)

The iTunes Store is constantly updating its apps. This page shows some of the apps we think are useful for learning.

English Apps

Boggle_(International) Boggle (International): $2.59 Tick-tock. Beat the clock. Once you start you just can’t stop! Test your way with words by playing the popular wordsearch game that’s addictive fun.
Link to Boggle
Word_Bubble Word Bubble: FREE Unscramble words by tapping the correct sequence of letters.
Link to Word Bubble
2119-1-chicktionary-for-ipad Chicktionary: FREE Hatch up some fun with this egg-citing word game! Unscramble letters and find as many words as you can! Predict how many words you can find in a group of seven letters, and then match that number and move on to the next level, or keep going for more and more points!
Link to Chicktionary
ibooks_icon_20110302 iBooks: FREEiBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
Link to iBooks
2325-1-books-23-469-classics-to-go Free Books: FREEAh, to describe an app in two words… Free Books is just that- Free Books! We take 23,469 classic books, package them up into one gorgeous interface, and make them available to download and read with our fully featured ereader. Free Books unlocks a world of public domain content, allowing you to acquire the great books of human history. Letters of leaders, the collected works of geniuses, the finest Victorian novels, the plays of Shakespeare, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Carnegie. It’s all here, along with tens of thousands of other books. And all, might we belabor the point, absolutely free.
Link to Free Books

Creativity Apps

 

 Animation

Doink Great features to draw flipbook animation sequences and move them along a path. Easy timeline, editing and exporting features!
Writer’s Studio Draw frame by frame images to create short animations
Flipboom Lite Create simple drawing animations – flipbook style

 Drawing

Brushes Excellent drawing tool with multiple brushes, layers, VGA out, image importing etc. Used to make several New Yorker covers
Paintbook Powerful drawing app with lots of tools, layers, brushes importing and exporting etc.
TypeDrawing Draw in lines created by words or phrases – cool fun!
Adobe Ideas Use this as a sketch pad with basic tools, save or email images. Now available with layers.
Qvik Sketch Pro Make bad drawings look good” this app has interesting shading brushes

 Image Search

Image Pro Google image search narrow by subject, size, filters, type

 Art

Early College Art Programs This Apple iBook is the first book on summer college art programs for high school students. Early College Art Programs by Robert Hydrisko covers Architecture + Design, Fine Arts and Digital Arts, and Performing Arts. Programs from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Institute of Art, Maine College of Art, and over 175 other programs are included. Contains stunning photographs and free software. This iBook also has a special section on the furniture design program at RISD. 213 pages. Published by DownEastEditions.com.

 Photography

Photogene Nice range of adjustments, cropping, special effects and filters
Tiltshift Generator Make ‘fake miniature’ using this fun photo app!
Photospeak Use a portrait or draw your own and have this app animate it with your recorded voice.

 Story Telling

Writer’s Studio Draw frame by frame images to create short animations
Lifecards Create your own postcards with multiple images and text
Sonic Pics Get photos from your camera or take them directly. Add voiceover and send to YouTube or your computer

 Video

ReelDirector Splice, add text, audio and transitions, upload videos to youtube from app or save to photos