Our school recently invested in a set of Learnpads as a pilot project to see how we can utilise them to support teaching and learning.
For those of you unfamiliar with Learnpads, they are android devices and are designed for use in schools. Pupils at our school are aged 3 - 13 and the devices allow us to limit the content pupils can access. I'm still getting to grips with them but this is how I've been using them so far.
App: Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
This was a paid app which I downloaded from Googleplay and then installed on each device. We used this sophisticated drawing app as part of our Kate Greenaway shadowing. We read This is Not My Hat and then using the app created a digital drawing of the Big Fish, Small Fish or Crab. This activity was suggested in the Looking Closely Guide.
App: Pic Collage
This was a free app in the Learnpad Store. Again we were using this as part of our Kate Greenaway shadowing. This time we were looking at Where My Wellies Take Me. We used the Pic Collage app to go outside and take photos of the natural world and living things in our local area. We also tried to link our photography to a "nature" poem as it is in the book.
App: RM Books
This was a free app through the Googleplay store. This term I signed our school library up to RM Books ereading platform. So we used the app to introduce pupils to the system and guide them on borrowing ebooks.
This is a free app through the Googleplay store. It is the app which links to our library catalogue so pupils can search our catalogue, check what they have on loan and reserve books.
This is just the start of our journey into using Learnpads in the Library but I'm interested to hear how other librarians and teachers are using Learnpads successfully.