Jacqueline Cornett – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Jacqueline Cornett – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Through the use of iPad minis and Osmo game systems, my students have been interacting with the technology we have received and with each other to practice and improve many Math and Language Arts skills. The Osmo game system has helped my kindergarteners develop spatial skills using an engaging tangram game. The word games challenge my students to look at a picture on the screen, decode the word, and either add in the missing letter(s) or spell the entire word (on the playing field) using the included letters. I am able to differentiate for my students using a variety of word lists and by making my own with varying degrees of difficulty. The third Osmo app that is currently available, Newton, is perhaps the most thought-provoking, exciting, and fun game for my students. They get creative using paper, writing tools, and even real objects to guide a bouncing ball into a targeted zone. They have to think quickly to develop a plan and guide the ball where it needs to be. The flexibility and the opportunities for challenge in the Osmo games has allowed me to differentiate instruction and offer engaging opportunities for practice for all of my students. In addition to using the iPad minis in conjunction with the Osmo game systems, my students have also been using many other apps. Using the Easy Blog Jr. app, my students have created a variety of communication products using pictures, dictation, and even some text. They have created opinion pieces, informational pieces, as well as narrative pieces.