VSC HomeTop - Sep
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1

    Default iPad- if you have one how do you feel you best utilize it for homeschooling?

    Question in subject line.

  2. T4L In Forum Sep
  3. #2

    Default

    For me with my two younger ones it's about the books. I've downloaded so many free books to read! Most with illustrations too. I've probably paid for it already just in book downloads. There are also some great apps out there that make learning into games. I'm also enjoying the fact that we won't use as much printer ink and paper now that we have one.
    Nicole-Mom to DD, 5, and DS, 3.

  4. #3
    Senior Member Arrived dbmamaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    10,082
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default

    My son plays math ninja sometimes for math facts, and yesterday he started playing with sketch explorer (which was free when i got it?). I use google earth for a map during history, we use a calculator on it for math sometimes, and use bamboo paper as scratch paper during math. I also have all pdf curriculums loaded on to it, and occasionally a book to read to him.

    my teen has an ipod touch, and he loads pdfs to read himself on it, plus has a flashcard app.

    oh, and the convenience of having youtube videos in our laps (school house rock, for example)

    in general, i didnt feel like i could justify getting an ipad, but i do use it a LOT!
    Cara, homeschooling one
    Raven, ds 10, all around intense kid
    Orion, floundering recent graduate
    22 yo dd, not at home
    Inactive blog at longsummer

  5. #4

    Default

    Notability is my go to app for so many things now. I have all our pdf curricula loaded on it. The kids sometimes use it to do their math (MEP or MM). And it's just a useful reading and annotating tool for me. Plus, I do all my lesson planning on it. I use a stylus and just jot down all the things I would have otherwise on a pad - but I can pull in pictures, copy web text, etc. and then have it with me the whole time.

    I also appreciate the portability and ease of having it there when we encounter something new. What's the Golden Gate Bridge that was mentioned in that book? Here's a picture. How do you make that? Here's a video. I could use my laptop, but it's so much easier - especially when we're all cuddled up on the sofa.

    Some of the apps are useful. We use Math Board now for math drills. The kids play Stack the States and Rocket Math and so forth. Sometimes there are fun interactive apps - we have one about colors and art and another about the elements, for example that are really nifty. Also, my kids like a number of the arty, creative apps like Scribblepress to make little ebooks and Toontastic to make little cartoons.

    Also, we're just beginning to use Pages and I'm finding that it's more intuitive and easier than something like Word or Open Office. So the kids can use it to make their own visual reports with photos independently if I paste in their text (I can email it from the computer - they write and I type it up for them if it's a special writing).

    I have a separate Kindle, but I find the Kindle app useful too - especially as sometimes BalletBoy steals my kindle to read his own books!
    Want to read about my homeschool?
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

    Want help homeschooling or sending kids to college?
    http://www.simplifytheapplication.com

  6. #5

    Default

    I agree with Farrah. My do gave me my iPad and I wasn't sure I would use it for much other than "fun" but find the iBook feature wonderful. I can't wait to use Notability.
    Patty - homeschooling two great kids (6 & 8). My approach has completely changed since we began in 8/11. I thought "school at home" would be our style, but we are evolving, finding out what works for us.

  7. #6

    Default



    I've been enjoying ours, too. Thanks for sharing how you use yours. Now I need to look into Pages!

  8. #7

    Default

    Thanks so much for sharing about notability! We just got an ipad and this ap is one of my favorites! Now to buy a stylus so our writing is more legible LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Notability is my go to app for so many things now. I have all our pdf curricula loaded on it. The kids sometimes use it to do their math (MEP or MM). And it's just a useful reading and annotating tool for me. Plus, I do all my lesson planning on it. I use a stylus and just jot down all the things I would have otherwise on a pad - but I can pull in pictures, copy web text, etc. and then have it with me the whole time.

    I also appreciate the portability and ease of having it there when we encounter something new. What's the Golden Gate Bridge that was mentioned in that book? Here's a picture. How do you make that? Here's a video. I could use my laptop, but it's so much easier - especially when we're all cuddled up on the sofa.

    Some of the apps are useful. We use Math Board now for math drills. The kids play Stack the States and Rocket Math and so forth. Sometimes there are fun interactive apps - we have one about colors and art and another about the elements, for example that are really nifty. Also, my kids like a number of the arty, creative apps like Scribblepress to make little ebooks and Toontastic to make little cartoons.

    Also, we're just beginning to use Pages and I'm finding that it's more intuitive and easier than something like Word or Open Office. So the kids can use it to make their own visual reports with photos independently if I paste in their text (I can email it from the computer - they write and I type it up for them if it's a special writing).

    I have a separate Kindle, but I find the Kindle app useful too - especially as sometimes BalletBoy steals my kindle to read his own books!

  9. #8

    Default

    Here's a great way of using your iPad for PDF-based curriculum: How to Use Worksheets on an iPad -

    Also, we use ours daily to watch various YouTube channels. Also, for the apps such as Marble Math, BrainPOP, Khan Academy, Stack the States, Today's Doc, Smithsonian, Mad Libs, Google Earth, World Atlas, MindSnacks (Spanish), BrainPOP (Spanish), Strip Design and more! I use Notability, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

    I got it as a Christmas present last year - a total surprise! The only time I haven't used it was when I was on vacation the week before last since I was completely offline. (Yes, it was wonderful!)
    Karen

    B1 - 11 (6th grader)
    B2 - 15 (10th grader)

    Homeschooled for three years, but due to various circumstances, we put them back into public school. Still here because I feel like I found my tribe.


  10. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sdvelochick View Post
    Thanks so much for sharing about notability! We just got an ipad and this ap is one of my favorites! Now to buy a stylus so our writing is more legible LOL
    We've been pretty happy with this stylus:

    Amazon.com: AmazonBasics Multi-Tip Stylus for Touchscreen Devices, Black: Kindle Store
    Karen

    B1 - 11 (6th grader)
    B2 - 15 (10th grader)

    Homeschooled for three years, but due to various circumstances, we put them back into public school. Still here because I feel like I found my tribe.


  11. #10

    Default

    We use ours for our history and Latin books with the kindle app. Also for spelling tests- we have the keyboard dock- and he types his list in Pages with spell check off. After emailing it to me we turn spell check on and he can see his errors without me having to look like the evil correcting lady. It works out nicely.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Infographics
About us

SecularHomeschool.com was created to provide information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world. Secularhomeschool.com aims to be your one-stop shop for all things homeschool! We will be highlighting information about wonderful secular homeschool resources, and keeping you up to date with what is going on in the world of secular homeschooling. But that is only the beginning. SHS is your playground. A place to share the things that are important to you. A place to create and join groups that share your interests. A place to give and get advice. There are no limits to what you can do at Secular Homeschool, so join today and help build the community you have always wanted.

Join us
iPad- if you have one how do you feel you best utilize it for homeschooling?