We recently got 6 iPads for the library. 4th graders have spent the last few weeks exploring some of the informational apps I’ve bought. They have practiced finding information in them and have been thinking about the pros and cons of each app. Some favorites so far are Barefoot World Atlas and Bobo Explores Light. I also have a few Britannica Kids encyclopedias. If you have any informational app suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
The kids LOVE exploring the apps during center time but I wanted them to be tracking their learning somehow. A few weeks ago, as one class was walking in the door, I grabbed some scraps of bright colored card stock and added it to the iPad center. I told the kids to write down the interesting facts they are learning from the apps they are using. This center was a hit and has since progressed to me writing “Did you know?” on the cards and then actually printing out “Did you know?” cards, which one fourth grader said look “much more sophisticated” than the handwritten cards, haha. I also added a place for them to write their source at the bottom.
I have been taping the cards to corresponding areas of the nonfiction collection for other students to read as they browse for books. I’ve certainly learned a lot of interesting facts!
When we were comparing atlases after discussing Barefoot World Atlas, some students brought in their own atlases and we used those in this center as well! Any resource would work well for this center!
The center sign and card template is in my TPT store!