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 four 1:1 iPad classes in operation – two in Year 5/6, and two 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).jpg 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.jpg Word Bubble: FREE
Unscramble words by tapping the correct sequence of letters.Link to Word Bubble
2119-1-chicktionary-for-ipad.jpg 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.jpg iBooks: FREE
iBooks 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.jpg Free Books: FREE
Ah, 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