iPads in Classrooms
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Earlier this school year I began volunteering in my child’s Kindergarten class with my two iPads and a suite of apps that focused on early literacy skills. Now half way through the school year, I’ve discovered more about engaging kids with learning apps. You can read my first post, “iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom” here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=916 . A free assessment tool that will impress most early childhood educators …
I have the honor of presenting at ESSDACK’s iPad’s For Learning Conference on Tuesday (10/18/11) along side of Cyndi Danner-Kuhn as well as several other leading edge educators, administrators, and technicians. The concept for this conference can best be explained by this quote from the iPads For Learning website . iPads for Learning is designed to help teachers, administrators and schools find the best way to implement iPad tablets as part of learning and instruction. You’ll find lists of apps by content, helpful instructional strategies, recent research, iPad-related articles and posts by a stable of knowledgeable curriculum / technology experts. Learning is a complex activity.
Hi, This is an edited version of a post I did on my own blog last month, but I'd love to get some feedback on it. I got 200 views, and no comments. It has some strong opinions but all are views I can defend. Soon I will post some questions to get feedback about designing and delivering Professional Development for teachers.
We are in the process of launching a dialog with teachers to better understand the challenges associated with implementing iPods and iPads in the classroom. In the first post, Time to Meet the Teachers , I invited teachers to respond directly to me with their thoughts about apps for students. Thank you to the teachers who responded. I have summarized your input for an “open dialog” with our community. Respondents included eight teachers representing schools from Maui to Cupertino to South Dakota. Grades ranged from K-12, in both traditional and special needs classrooms.
An interesting email landed in my inbox this week from a good friend who has really been trying to integrate technology into her language arts class. For confidentiality sake, we'll call her Mary. Turns out that Mary's principal recently decided to buy iPads for all of the language arts teachers in her school. Mary--like many teachers--was excited to have an iPad coming her way, but she wasn't sure exactly what she was going to do with it. Her question was a simple one:
Contact: Katie Neal, firstname.lastname@example.org , (336) 758-6141 Newswise — Winston-Salem, NC, Jan. 4, 2012 - While K-12 schools around the country search for funding to provide iPads to every student, an education researcher in North Carolina has found that even a single iPad can make a huge difference in the classroom. The results of her experience with student teachers at Wake Forest University appear in the December/January issue of Learning & Leading With Technology , the magazine of the International Society for Technology in Education. “Because they’re truly part of the digital generation, our pre-service teachers and the K-12 students they teach have a natural aptitude for tablet devices,” said Kristin Redington Bennett, an Assistant Professor of Education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though iPads can cost more than $500 with 3G access and a budget for apps, Bennett said, “Don’t discount the device because of its price.