Parent/Student iPad Activities
Our goal in Santee is for parents to be active partners in their child's learning. Look below to find a number of quick and fun activities that you can complete with your child on their District-issued iPad or other device(activities that require the use of a District-issued iPad will be highlighted in red). Through these activities, both you and your child will learn more about digital citizenship and digital safety.1. "What apps do you use?" (K-8) - District iPad Activity
There are a number of different apps loaded onto your child's District-issued iPad. Sit down with your child and him/her show you what apps they are using in class. Pick one app and have your child demonstrate how it works. Continue to do this at different times until your child has shown you all of the apps used in his/her classroom (of course, you can do this over several days!).2. "What is Your Favorite Food?" (K-5)
Ask your child to name his or her favorite food. Next, have your child draw a picture of that food on a sheet of paper and write the name of the food at the top. After, think together of something you would like to know about that food. For example, what is the most popular ice cream flavor? Or, where does pizza come from? Together, write down your question and come up with keywords you could use to search for an answer online.
3. "How Can You Stop Cyberbullying?" (3-8)With a family member, create a comic strip about a cyberbullying situation. In the first frame, show a cyberbullying scenario: Who says something mean and hurtful, to whom is it said, and exactly what is said? In the next frame show how the recipient might feel when receiving the message. In the last frame, show a positive outcome to the situation, which might involve confiding in a trusted adult. If your child knows how to use the Pixie app on the iPad, he/she could use the comic book template to create this. If not, click HERE for a printable, paper version.4. "Is Your iPad Full?" (K-8) - District iPad Activity
Keeping a minimum amount of free space in the iPad is one way to make sure that it stays "healthy." It is easy to check, and something that you and your child can regularly do together. To check available storage, launch the "settings" app (it looks like a gray gear). Next, click "General" on the left hand list and then "About." Next, look at the number next to "Available." This number should always be at least 1GB (to get more available space, look at the next activity). To show your child what a gigabyte is, as well as other storage sizes, click HERE.
5. "Do You Have Too Many Photos?" (K-8) - District iPad Activity
Many times iPads run out of storage space because students have too many photos and videos in the device. To check this, go to the "Photos" app to see what's there. Photos and videos should be related to school projects, so if you are seeing lots of "selfies" and other unrelated photos/videos, these should be deleted. To do this, click the photo or video and then tap the "delete" button (it looks like a trash can).6. "What Do You Know About Your Favorite Book?" (K-5)Take your child's favorite bookand work together to find out how it’s credited. See if your child can identify:
1). the title, 2). the author, and 3). the illustrator of the cover? Hunt together for the copyright date, which always appears on the title page with the symbol ©. Next, see if you can find the book online and locate the same information in the digital version! (Sites such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com often allow you to see the first pages of the books they sell.)7. "Is Your Password Strong?" (3-8)
DinoPass is a password generator for kids that has two options: SIMPLE passwords and STRONG passwords. Go to DinoPass, generate at least three of each, and write them down. Next, see if your child can spot a pattern to figure out the difference between STRONG and SIMPLE passwords. Tougher, come up with at least one reason for and one reason for not using each type of password.
8. "Do You Surf Safely?" (K-8)
Ask your child to name one Website they would like to visit. If you approve of the destination, have them first name three safety rules for going places online and discuss them (for younger children, have them draw a picture of one place they would like to visit through the Internet. At the bottom of your picture, help them write the three safety rules for going places online).
9. "Can You Find It?" (3-8)
Can your child figure out how to find the information below without using any of the words in the subject? Ask your child to think of keywords that are synonyms, alternative words, or related phrases. If you are up for a challenge, ask him/her to see how many keywords they can come up with in 60 seconds for each of the following searches. Then, have them circle the two keywords that they think would be MOST likely to help them find what you are looking for:
"Inexpensive plane tickets"
"Most popular movies last year"
"Best dessert in San Diego"
Next, have your child test out his/her searches by typing the two keywords he/she circled into Google or another search engine.
10. "How Do You Write an Email?" (K-2)
The Internet can connect people everywhere. Ask your child to think of someone who lives far away, and come up with an email he/she might want to send to that person. When your child writes or type out the message, make sure that they have the recipient, the sender of the email, and the subject of the email (You will probably need to explain the purpose of each of these). For example, if your child wants to send an email about a recent vacation, the subject might be “Our Vacation”). Have your child explain why it’s important to 1). check whether you would say what’s in the message to someone’s face, 2). check for spelling mistakes, and 3). make sure you used capital letters correctly before you send an email message. To help, you can show your child an email that you recently received.Then, see if your child can identify the following: the sender’s email address, the recipient’s email address, the subject, the greeting, the body, and the closing. You can also, go online and check out an email from Arthur to Buster. Ask your child if Arthur answer “yes” to each of the three email checkpoints. Have your child hover over the text to see whether he/she can correctly identify each part of the email, including the sender’s email address, the recipient’s email address, the subject, the greeting, the body, and the closing.