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Judgments about the use of technologies in schools, past and present, are never value-free . So let me deal with the ideological underpinnings of technological “progress” and “regress.” By ideological I mean ideas that are political and value-driven.
As part of the iPads for Learning trial, students had access to an iPad on a 1-to-1 basis, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the trial. 1-to-1 programs maximise learning opportunities for students by providing access to information anywhere, anytime. A major benefit of 1-to-1 devices is that they can be networked for two way communication and collaboration between teachers and students and extend learning beyond the classroom. To assist schools to smoothly implement their iPads, we have provided support materials. The In Their Hands: iPads for Learning Trial; 21 Steps to 1-to-1 Success outlines four phases for successful implementation of 1-to-1 devices: Planning Preparing Implementing Evaluating
Planning is imperative for any technology initiative - iPad or otherwise. You need to ensure that you clearly understand and communicate how the technology integrates with your overall pedagogical objectives. Too many institutions purchase technology and then search for ways to utilize it ... or leave it collecting dust on the shelf.
Welcome to the ‘iPad in Education’ web site - concerned with using Apple’s iPad for learning and teaching. Although this is based in the UK, the site’s content will reflect practice from other counties and contexts in order to explore and learn from a wide field. I am Ian Wilson, a freelance Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer based in the north west of England (Twitter: @Ian__Wilson ). I have set up this site as I believe the iPad signals the opportunity for a transformation in how technology is used in schools, colleges and universities. I am interested in looking at all age ranges, all abilities across all areas of the curriculum and keen to see if the iPad makes technology more transparent and cross-curricular as it should be. Of course at this stage, we don’t know the true extent of the impact of the iPad on teaching and learning as it is too early to say.