As you can see by the pictures, it truly allows the students to be independent and make appropriate choices for their learning, all while allowing us (the teachers) overall control of what apps the students are focusing on. This is great for so many reasons, one being that research shows when students make choices within their education they are more likely to retain the information. Another great reason is that it allows students multiple choices, thus increasing their ability to find a 'just right fit' skill level app. For example, I switch out the app icon choices each week depending on what skill we are focusing on in math/reading. I pick 3 different skill leveled apps that pertain to the appropriate skill set, creating an independent differentiated activity that students love (and I love because I know that they are getting that ever important skill practice, practice, practice!)
Because the students are able to make choices and have access to multiple skill levels, they are able to work hard and focused-with truly minimal behavior issues. These app menus are not only a great way to integrate technology into your everyday teaching, but they are a wonderful classroom management tool as well! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
|A student hard at work at our iPod center!|