Futaba for the single iPad classroom

Ok, this is just a post to share a great iPad app I used in a rotation activity during maths today.

We are currently working on subtraction strategies (year 2) and  in the rotation activities I had

  • A dice activity (roll two dice and take the smaller number away from the larger number)
  • A calculator activity (worksheet with instructions, only use 5, 2, +, – and = to get to the answers listed on the sheet)
  • A super hero race game on the IWB for 3 students and on the laptop for 2 students
  • AND
  • Futaba – an iPad app that allowed 4 students to use one iPad (we have one in the classroom and my mentor lets the students use her personal one too) to play a subtraction game that displayed a problem in the middle and gave 4 multiple choice options, the person who selects the correct answer first wins the point!

Interestingly, the most challenging students in the class were so focussed on the calculator activity I didn’t hear boo from them (it was by far the most challenging activity)……. I also had no idea the students would have no idea how to use a calculator!! SO many of them told me their calculators weren’t working because the + and – didn’t show on the screen….

Hmmm! Lesson for me in assumptions! Good reflection point for the assignment but the purpose of this post is really to get Futaba out there for those in a single iPad classroom! 4 students to an iPad is a good rotation station for them to have a go and move on!

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First and foremost, I am a mum to a stunner of a daughter...I should probably learn to fire a gun before she turns 15..... but also a pre-service teacher with a taste for dilmah tea and a passion for protecting and preserving our Earth and the flora and fauna that inhabit it!
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