Wetland Biodome App for K-5

biodomesThe iBiome – Wetland app for the iPad is an engaging way for students aged 9–11 to learn about a variety of wetland ecosystems. By drawing connections between different species and creating a web, students learn about producers and consumers, and predator–prey relationships. Students can explore three wetland habitats: freshwater marsh, saltwater marsh, and mangrove swamp. They have tasks in each habitat, or “biodome,” such as identifying consumers, producers, and environmental factors. After students complete a task, a new species is unlocked. The species gets placed in a virtual journal, where students can tap to learn more about all of the species they have unlocked. Students can also experiment with their biodomes by adding species to see how they affect the biome.

SeeSaw – The Digital Journal App

seesawLook what we’re doing with SeeSaw!  Second graders are being introduced to using the iPads and are given explore time while I work with students one-on-one for the first time in SeeSaw.  The smiles on their faces tell me this year long project is going to be a hit. And the best part is that it’s friendly, secure, and can be shared only with the teacher and the child’s parents. Students gain access to the app by scanning a QR Code that is unique to their class therefore student journal entries can only be made from school.

Click SeeSaw Accomplishments for a sample of what second grade students began with in Mrs. Wiedeman’s Class and Mrs. Rule’s Class.