I take my personal iPad to each classroom I go to. My iPad has a huge collection of educational apps and games on it that range from Kindergarten to Stage 3 levels, and some beyond. I find the iPad is a wonderful tool to have in a classroom, and this is just a small use for it.
If I’m in a classroom that is lucky enough to have a projector and/or a SMARTboard, I’ll project my iPad onto it. I do this regularly just for a change of scenary by running, for example, the MyReef 3D app. This, by itself, gives a relaxing atmosphere to an otherwise blank wall and pushes the students to learn more about the tropical fish that they put into the tank… but more on that another time.
* No more than six (6) players per session
* We all play in Zen Mode
* If only working on the class for one day, the six players are chosen randomly (I’ll regularly pull all of the students’ seats out in the morning before class, tape a small card under six random seats and have the students put the seats back themselves so the cards are distributed randomly)
* Scores are recorded on a basic table
This session then leads into other activities, like:
* Discussions on small and large numbers
* Organising scores in ranked order
* Differences between thirds and fourth’s scores
* Converting the scores from the table into a number of various graph types
After each round of Fruit Ninja, there is a Fruit Fact displayed. These can be recorded for a number of things, such as writing skills, research, or science activities – who doesn’t want to try and rub the inside of a banana skin on a mozzie bite to stop the itchiness? 😉