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Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland. Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on. Using the iPad where many Apps are generally single function, requires a different approach to create useful learning outcomes that moves the integration of the iPad in learning from the Subsitution model to the Redefinition model.
The versatility of an iPad for education is endless. I am no expert, nor even a veteran in curating apps for the classroom, but I am off to a great start for this next school year. Here is how I have discovered using an iPad in the classroom.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to go one-to-one in my first grade classroom with iPads. To say that my students and I were excited to do this would be a bit of an understatement. It has long been a dream of mine to go one-to-one and for the students it is, as they say, like kids in a candy shop.
Staff training completed. Make no bones about it, the use of the word completed couldn’t be further from the truth. My advice to anyone else undertaking an iPad trial, be more than prepared. Imagine the most challenging class you have ever had to personalise learning for and double it.
The transition to the more extensive use of technology in classrooms across the West has resulted in the integration of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes, equipping students with netbooks and tablet computers, and lessons that use social media & online services. Gesture-based technology is on the rise; according to the latest NMC Horizon Report , gesture-based technological models will become more readily integrated as a method of learning within the next few years. The iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect technology are examples of these kinds of developments, and in particular, resources for Apple products in education are becoming widely available online. For teachers, some of which are just beginning to use tablets and mobile devices in class, these resources can be invaluable in promoting more interactive classrooms and understanding how best to use and control such products.
This article was originally written in Spanish by Andrés Carlos López Herrero and is translated by Leysi Ortiz. An app (short for "application") is a computer program designed to allow the user to perform specific tasks. In general, the term applies to program apps for new mobile devices, tablets and smartphones. The above diagram shows the location and relationship of the front end user, applications and other existing software. ( Source: adapted from an image from Wikipedia . ) Students can reinforce their learning with the many free or low cost educational applications available each day in greater numbers in the market.
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Look to the navigation sidebar to the left for the categories. Remember that I often teach Year 3/4 in Nelson so I like apps that particularly appeal to that age group but will work with other age groups as well, especially the creative apps. The costs of the apps are in kiwi dollars at the time of writing. I strongly urge you to join the iPad User Group on the VLN so that you can support and learn from others who are learning with iPads and to share your new finds. Don't just take from the site- contribute to it.
Posted 04/18/2012 at 8:59am | by Florence Ion How two school districts in Maine are adopting the iPad in the classroom and changing the face of education What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “technology in education?”
After spending two hours a day this week watching seventh graders fill in bubbles on our state's standardized test, I am finding myself thinking about assessment. Specifically, I am thinking about the many ways the iPad has enriched and strengthened our daily assessment practices -- and the value I see in authentic, embedded, process-rich assessment that informs and improves instruction. Technology like the iPad offers incredible ways to gather meaningful data that shows student thinking and creates a rich and detailed picture of learning. It can also make assessment more efficient, save teachers time, and open opportunities for more responsive teaching.
One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme ( last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter ) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. ISTE iPad In Education Webinar Resources -A while back ISTE ran a great webinar with some fabulous educators on using iPads in the classroom. This site has loads of information, a collection of articles, lists of apps and information on Apple's Volume Purchasing Program.
[for additional ELA/Reading specific apps and ideas see Reading on the iPad ] Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces. The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom.
Contributed by Sarah Taylor, Tauranga Primary School , Tauranga Focusing Inquiry The aim of this snapshot is to demonstrate how the effective integration of iPads in a Year 2 classroom has enhanced the programme and has helped to meet the learning needs of the students. At Tauranga Primary School, a major priority for our future focused strategic direction is to update our classrooms into 21st century learning environments. We believe that we will be better able to meet the learning needs of the ‘digital generation’ we now teach by blending the very best of traditional teaching practices with the huge potential of ICT. At the beginning of Term 3, 2011, two classrooms (a junior and a senior class) were selected to trial five iPads in their rooms.