iPad at Work: Elementary school teacher

How does an elementary school teacher use her iPad to get the job done and what iPad apps help get her through her day? TiPb’s iPad at work contest aims to bring you just such slices of the iPad life. Here’s Courtfrogger's answer and as a small token of thanks we’re sending her a $20 iTunes gift certificate. If you want to see your name up on the TiPb home page and get a gift certificate all your own, head on over to the TiPb iPad Forum and share your story now!

The iPad has added another dimension to my classroom! I teach music, English and theatre at a very small public k-12 school. I use the iPad for lots of different things in the classroom, at meetings and at play rehearsals. For my youngest students, who sometimes just need to dance, I use Pandora. I can just type in "Tito Puente", for example, and get unlimited Latin jazz that keeps them moving and very happy.

For slightly older kids, who are learning band instruments for the first time, I can use the YouTube app to show them videos of famous musicians playing their instruments. With the cleaner interface, I don't have to worry about R- rated adds showing up alongside the content I want.

For the spring production of "A Doll's House," I loaded the script into iBooks. I found it free through project Gutenberg. I can easily toggle back and forth between that and my notes, keeping track of actors' lines while taking direction notes. I don't have to worry about running out of paper, dropping my script, or forgetting a pencil!

For fun, I showed my kindergarten class the Planets app. They're studying planets right now, and for music class they wrote rhymes about planets that can be sung to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star. Being able to spin beautiful images of the planets was engaging for them and added a tangible element to the class.

So there you have it! My top five apps for the music and theatre classroom are Pandora, YouTube, iBooks, notes and Planets.

Are you an elementary school teacher? If so, what apps do you use to enhance the learning experience in the classroom?

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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Pinny says:

Wonderful ideas. You sound like you're a great teacher.

Jimmy says:

Great story! If you're teaching music and twinkle twinkle little star is in you're curriculum I suggest you download this app http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/twinkle-twinkle-little-star/id375672904?mt=8
My kids just LOVE it!!

bone says:

this is actually my girlfriend (she, just fyi). she will be psyched to learn that she has won. she is indeed an amazing teacher and uses her ipad for EVERYTHING. it has completely replaced her laptop. one of the most interesting things i've seen her do with it was at a recent production of an Ibsen play she put on where she loaded the script to the ipad and would go back and forth between the script and notes to give to the actors at the end of rehearsal. brilliant girl and teacher.

Leanna Lofte says:

Fixed to the correct gender pronouns!

Eisforme says:

That's really cool!
I wish I had stuff like this when I was in school. Of course, though, I was lucky enough to have Apple IIe's in 1st grade! :)

Truth says:

Couldn't you do all this on a laptop?

Courtfrogger says:

Wow! Thanks for picking my story!
As far as being able to do these things on a laptop, some you can and some you can't. The biggest difference for me is the flat format. Sitting on the floor with a group of kids around a laptop, or bringing a laptop over to show a video on, somehow doesn't feel as smooth or interactive as using the iPad. Ditto using it at rehearsals - the laptop is just cumbersome enough to make the ipad just feel more comfortable and safe. Also, the difference between YouTube the app and YouTube the web site is pretty profound. The portability of the ipad really makes it my favorite way to interact with the internet and share content with kids.

AlliGeezer says:

Courtfrogger, do you like it froggy style!?

Clay Boggess says:

It sounds like there is a lot that you can do with a wide variety of age groups!

Rachel Young says:

You've used some really great ideas. I'm trying very hard at the moment to find an iPad app to use in place of my traditional pen and paper daybook. Do you have any suggestions? Our elementary school uses a 9 day block schedule, just to make things a little harder.

cowgirl says:

my girlfriend whom is a private school resource teacher created an app for the iPad and iPhone called SMARTYSHORTZ...it's based off core curriculum for K-2nd grade with 6 subjects....so great!!!!

Nicola says:

Do check out http://punflay.com for educational ipad apps for kids.

Qualliemi says:

Hi all accept
I dialect expect you be enduring a "making whoopee"here a barely longer in this forum

anon says:

Lazytown Ipad App is one of the best Ipad apps So Far.
I downloaded this app from following link and it ROCKS !!

Brain Child says:

Flight of the Pamplemousse, this great new children's story is a must. Grades K-2 will love it.