First Graders are grooving on the iPads!
September was definitely a learning curve experience as all students were introduced to Sketchbook Express, a free iOS drawing app where we will be spending the majority of our time. Sketchbook Express is geared towards kids with a simple interface, but I cannot lock everything down, so I am harping on how to control the brush that you marks with to create a "good drawing brush" and troubleshooting routines like checking that you are not drawing with white on white, the opacity turned down to zero or using a fill brush accidentally.
Working on how to deal with the large class size, I have created "Subject Matter Expert" badges to deputize students as they learn specific skills and are ready to help others. I use these laminated cards in a class and take them back at the end of class. I consider troubleshooting to be a big part of our learning, as it reinforces what we know. The "experts" are told they need to talk through the troubleshooting, as they cannot touch another student's iPad...so that they don't just take over, and also to encourage them to use their words. Students receiving the expert's advice also have to explain their problem and they benefit by not having to wait in line for my assistance.