This year at Durham Academy, the middle school students all got an iPad each. They were lent by the school to us. We can take them home and to every class. iPads are great because they’re small and portable and we don’t have to go to the computer lab for everything with technology.
Some of our textbooks are on there and there are several great apps to help us study, such as Quizlet, Voicecards, and Trading Cards. However, they are a big responsibility and they also can malfunction. Another problem is that I really don’t like typing on glass. Also, next they are getting a lot of the textbooks only on the iPad. I do not like that because I prefer regular textbooks. It’s easier to flip the pages and highlight. iPads are also helpful because you can always access your emails and the Internet.
This is totally awesome that students at Durham Academy get iPads this year! We are the first Durham Academy middle school students to have iPads for this year. For Spanish we use the mobile version of Google Translate and for browsers we have Safari, Google, and Google Chrome. We also have: Reminders, Evernote, Calendar, Mail, Keynote, Blogsy, Kindle App, Nook App, Pages, Google Drive, Comic Life, Google Drive MindMeister. These are the apps I use the most every day.
Photo taken by Katie
I think iPads for sixth grade are very helpful. When you need to do something, like go on a website for school, you can just get out your iPad and go to the website. There are many apps to help you get your work done. One of my favorite apps is calendar because I can write down my homework for the day. Some more apps that are helpful are Sketchbook x or Doodle Buddy because for blog posts and other things, if you need to draw a picture, you can use one of the apps. My favorite app is Evernote because you can take notes on it or your teachers can put something there and you can see it. I like the iPads and think they are a helpful way for sixth graders to learn.
In 6th grade, we used iPads. iPads were useful in class and at home/study hall. In classes we used them to read books, to put up blog posts, to do class work, and much more. The class we used iPads in the least was probably Science or History. The class we used the iPads in the most was probably Language Arts or Spanish. In all of our classes, we wrote down the homework on the iPad apps using either calendar, Evernote, or reminders. These were very useful for homework because you would have Spanish homework, Language Arts homework, and what the homework actually was that day, all in one little bundle of iPadness. iPads in 6th grade were very useful and kind of fun.
I think that on our iPads a few apps that we should keep are: IStudiez Pro, First Class, Flashcards, Evernote, Khan Academy, Blogsy, Pages, Dictionary, Paperport Notes, Penultimate, Skitch, Show Me, SketchbookX, Pandora, and Mindmeister. I would also love to keep Draw Free but it will not open for me. An app that I have on my iPod that I like it Study Blue. It is a great app for studying. It is similar to the Flashcards app but some students might prefer it. A few apps that I don’t use because I don’t like them or I just haven’t had time to check out are: Notes, Grammar, Mathboard, Tap Typing, Flash Cards, Comic Life, Student, WordPress, JotNot Pro, Life Track, i-Nigma, Media by Age, Inkling, and all space apps. I know that it is not likely but I also love spotify! Lastly, I think that we should have a choice of a few cases to get because I like the case that we have now which is an incase but I really want the Zagg case. This is my input on the iPad apps.
I really like PaperPort Notes because you can use so many things with it even talking to write the story or post like I made this by. This is a demo of how useful but using this, but I think it’s more useful than confusing. The following is what appeared on the screen when I used dictation. Dictation is when I talk and the iPad writes the notes.
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Sometimes is doesn’t always record exactly what you say. For example, I said “Harry Potter” and it recorded “hairy potter”. I said something about a blog and it recorded “Justin Bieber”. If you edit you will be fine and it will still be a useful app.
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