iPads in class
With last week’s education even t from Apple, the big news was the addition of textbooks to the iBookstore. Apple has teamed up with some of the largest suppliers of traditional textbooks to bring digital interactive learning tools to students in K-12 education. With this new way of teaching children, one glaring question still stands out, who will pay for it? There have been arguments for and against the use of iPads in K-12 public schools since the device first launched. Some school districts have already successfully implemented a “one iPad for every child” program.
By Lory | January 23, 2012 | No comment yet In light of the huge popularity of digital publishing companies over the past few years, NBC News has decided to join the market with its own subsidiary company, NBC Publishing. The news corporation plans to offer video and print-based e-books from its massive archive of information.
Among industrialized nations, the US has fallen well behind, coming in at 17th in reading, 21st in math and 23rd in the sciences, globally. ”No one company can fix it all,” said Apple’s Head of Marketing Phil Schiller. “One place we think we can help is in student engagement.” Today, at an education-focused event in New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, Apple announced the debut of iBooks 2, a “new textbook experience for the iPad.” Traditional textbooks are expensive, physically cumbersome and prone to becoming obsolete. Whereas an iPad is interactive, searchable and can be updated.
Apple's new iBooks 2 app is demonstrated for the media at the Guggenheim Museum on January 19. Pilot study done by textbook publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Apple Middle school students studied from 2010 to 2011 using HMH's Fuse: Algebra I app During study, iPad seemed to help students better connect with the content (WIRED) -- More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon and adopting iPads for daily use in the classroom. Apple's education-related announcements last week will no doubt bolster the trend, making faculty tools and student textbooks more engaging and accessible. But today another data point emerged, demonstrating that the iPad can be a valuable asset in education.
Today's education event was a reasonably small one, so far as Apple pressers go, held at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, with a smattering of media representatives in attendance. It arrives on the tails of some already hearty numbers for the company, including the existence of 20,000 learning-themed apps and 1.5 million iPads currently in use for education. But Cupertino's plans for the future of learning are grand indeed, including the desire to "reinvent the textbook" via iBooks 2. And while our expectations weren't particularly grandiose going into this morning, we were, indeed, pretty impressed with what we saw.
The iPads whispered and blinked to life, then loaded the afternoon's work: a website chock full of long addition, long multiplication, long division, even word problems. Except for the cartoon badges awarded for success, the IXL.com problem set didn't look much like a game. But the fifth-graders in Kamalene Nelson's classroom at Thomas Elementary maneuvered through the site as if it were. Daniel Samano looked thoughtfully at a long division problem on his iPad screen and hit on a concept that teachers have repeatedly said makes mobile devices a revolutionary classroom tool: Engagement. "It kinda wakes me up more than paper and pencil kinda stuff," he said.
I recently received an email from a media and tech teacher from a school district in Wisconsin. The questions she has asked are awesome and could be helpful to others. My answers to her questions are followed with actual video clips from my classroom. Enjoy and may this be helpful!
An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar . This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all