Royal Oaks Elementary: iPad Pilot Program for Kindergarteners
From District 833
Kindergarten students at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Woodbury are piloting the use of iPads as a learning tool for the district’s youngest learners—iPads are being used in classrooms as a hands-on, engaging learning tool.
The iPads are enabling students to engage with a vast amount of content in interactive and creative ways.
Currently students are using the iPads for literacy skills, handwriting, math skills and an individual response system. Students use apps to practice a skill that has been taught (for example: sight words, beginning sounds, rhyming words, patterns, sorting), to provide remediation with and enrich literacy and math concepts, and as a response tool (for example: what letter makes the /b/ sound?). The students are also learning keyboarding skills by typing words.
“The children are engaged with the technology and there is 100 percent participation,” said Jodi Weinfurter, kindergarten teacher at Royal Oaks. “When it is time to put them away they are disappointed, and I am sure we will continue to add new ways to use this wonderful technology.”