iPads resources in Australia
This is a tree with resources and information about iPads introduction to Australian's clasrooms. Mar 16
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2011 has seen the proliferation of iPad trials in Australian schools and Universities.
Queensland schools are set to reap the benefit of iPads in the classroom if incumbent Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is re-elected, after she today pledged to run a pilot program of the tablets involving over 5000 students. Under the $5.7 million plan aired by Bligh and Queensland Labor today (PDF) , 5065 year 7 students in 20 test schools will get access to a 32GB Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad 2 tablet. Policy documents specify that the funds for the tablet pilot program would come out of the Queensland Education Trust fund.
Schools and universities right around Australia have jumped headfirst into trials of Apple’s hyped iPad tablet as they rush to discover exactly what the device’s use will be in the educational field — sometimes with the support of their overarching education departments, and sometimes without. Western Australia’s Department of Education and Training revealed this week that some schools in the state were displaying an increased interest in iPads and tablet devices, purchasing the handheld computers independently to trial in various education programs. “The department does not have a policy on the use of iPads or Android-based technology at this stage, however some schools have bought tablet devices to trial in various settings,” said departmental chief information officer Bevan Doyle.
A school down the road from my old house has created a national debate over the use of iPads in the classroom.
Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) was one of the first education institutions in the world to conduct a formal trial of iPads as a teaching and learning device in the classroom and as a mobile tool for students and staff.
Today the new February Main 2012 students of Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) begin their orientation activities. A key component of their academic orientation will be the distribution of iPads for use in the classroom and for study at home, in the library, or wherever students happen to be inspired or pressed by an assessment deadline. As we prepare a new cohort to commence their academic program using iPads, it is worthwhile reflecting both on the effectiveness of Trinity’s original iPad Pilot Program and the rationale for extending iPad use to all TCFS students and academic staff.
Why use iPads at Trinity College? To enhance learning by making good use of light-weight, portable, flexible and durable technology that enables students and staff to create or utilise a broad range of materials in various learning styles. iPads are effective for study based on sound, text, image and movement, and our experience highlights active learning, individualising content for students, real-time access to information, and collaborative learning.
There is no doubt to anyone who has used an iPad or any tablet for that matter that they show a clear alternative to teaching learning in the classroom beyond laptops, screens and monitors. The iPads simplicity of use and massive range of apps give it a great deal of appeal as a teaching and learning tool and the future looks bright for this trend to continue. Yes it does have a number of shortfalls in some areas - like any early technology so I am going to share some great resources with you that I have come across which highlight the benefits of iPads in the class room and hopefully they will be of use to you.