Unfortunately, there are a few obstacles standing in the way of this dream coming true.
The first problem is that I don't know enough about the wonderful range of educational apps available for iPads. The second issue is money. I can't control the money issue (yet), but I can work to become better educated about using iPads in the classroom.
Today I took a step toward educating myself and attended a Professional Development conference on the newest iPad apps and websites for teaching mathematics in the K-2 classroom. It was presented by Christina Tondevold and it was A-MAZ-ING. Seriously.
Here's why: she actually tests out math apps and websites. She started as a classroom teacher and has a passion for quality mathematics instruction. You know how you go into the iTunes app store or find a LONG list of math apps/websites online but you click on them and half of them are garbage? Christina is a woman after my own heart. She doesn't talk about things that are junk or a waste of time. FINALLY, someone to do the classroom tech research for me.
Anyway, Christina started K-2 Math Apps a blog to share the best websites and apps as she discovers them. Not only that, but the links are organized into separate pages (Counting and Cardinality, Place Value, Spatial Reasoning, just to name a few.) Seriously. You know how much I love organization. She even has a page listing Apps that are great teacher tools.
Ok, I'll stop gushing. Now that Christina has begun my education on classroom iPad use, I need to devise a new plan for obtaining classroom iPads. (Apparently you have to teach in a public school to join Donors Choose. Sad face.)
Do any generous benefactors want to donate classroom iPads to a poor Catholic school teacher with a boatload of ambition and a love for shiny gadgets?