Monthly Archives: September 2015


In our computer lab and using the iPads this year, there will be opportunities for your child to experience websites that have sound or that have options where they can hear what they are reading. In order for making the most of these opportunities, it would be beneficial for your child to have a set of headphones at school strictly for this use. If you have an extra pair of headphones at home, they can be sent in for your child to use. If you don’t have any extra ones, a simple pair of plug-in headphones can be purchased at the Dollar Store. Thank you for your help.

Graphing the Class

Last week, students surveyed one another on a variety of topics – from the kinds of pets they had at home, to the games they enjoy at recess, to their birth months.

All of the information they gathered was pulled together into a data set, and today students used the data sets to create bar graphs about the members of our classroom community.

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What’s ‘Appening??

A number of students have started thinking about bringing their own devices (iPads or iPad minis) to use at school.  If you would like the BYOD paperwork (permission form) sent home, please let Mrs. Meadows or myself know and we’ll get it to you right away.

I have provided a link to the form below, if you’d rather download and print at home.


If your child is planning to use his/her own device for school work, there are a couple of free apps that he/she will need:

Showbie – a paperless classroom app that allows students to download, work on, and submit work – I have purchased a paid subscription for myself for the year, which provides the “upgraded” version to my students.


Nearpod and PingPong Spot Networking – these are interactive apps that allow me to pose questions, elicit responses, share student work and provide feedback – I’ll use them every day in Math.



Educreations – a Screen-casting app students can use to explain their thinking.



A slightly more sophisticated app that has been purchased for the classroom iPads (cost is somewhere between $1.99 and $2.49) is Explain Everything.  It is also a screen-casting app, with some more features and slightly more user friendly than Educreations.  If you have a budget for Educational Apps, consider purchasing this one.

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