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I use my iPads everyday in Kindergarten centers. I started with two iPads and now I am at five, the perfect number for my centers. I like the iPad mini for my little ones, but iPads work great as well.
When I had only two iPads I would rotate them with another center so the students had to take turns. I set a timer and when the time was up the students switched out. Sometimes, we did have two students on one iPad and they learned to share. It can work!
I have a station table for iPads only, with a list of the student assignments. You can get one by clicking here: Editable iPad Student Assignment
On occasion I do have to separate a student from the table so they will focus, but mostly the students love working together and talking about the app they are on.
I also number each iPad so students know what iPad they are assigned to. Here is a link to the Wallpaper I use: IPAD Wallpaper
I give a through explanation of how to use the iPad to the class and then I go over it with a small group at my table, making sure each student knows the expectations. I explain the volume control and the reason they have to stay in their seat. They are not allowed to walk around with the iPad. If they need help they are to raise their hand and wait. Can be hard for a five year old, but when I tell them they will lose their turn on the iPad, they usually don’t get up.
The most important thing that helps my centers is Guided Access. It is a feature found on the iPad and it locks the app so student cannot visit any other apps. Here is how you enable it.
1. Go to Settings
2. Click on General and scroll down until you see Accessibility.
3. Scroll down until you see Guided Access. It is under the Learning Title.