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iPads and iPods in Education

iPads and iPods in Education
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Apps in Education Study: iPad Apps Improve Learning First of its kind evidence shows that an iPad learning app can measurably deliver educational value. I’ve tested, rated, tried out, and put tons of educational iPad apps through their paces. Some are worthwhile, some are not worth your time. That’s why I was excited to read about a new study that attempted to figure out the actual effectiveness of iPad apps in learning. In a landmark study, a USC professor studied 122 fifth-graders from two schools and four math classes to assess the effectiveness of an iPad app for improving students’ fractions knowledge and attitudes. The study is the first to document learning and motivation gains achieved through iPad game play. Education researcher Michelle Riconscente (Los Angeles) designed and constructed the study, which was funded by a grant from the Noyce Foundation and Stanford StartX company, Motion Math . • 5th graders fractions test scores improved 15% after playing Motion Math, for 20 minutes over 5 days.

How To Capture Ideas Visually With The iPad By its very design, the iPad promotes consumption. Essentially an interactive mobile screen, the combination of physical form and supporting software-based user interface on Apple’s wunder-tablet suggests watching and listening, enabling you to tear the “monitor” off the desk and take it with you. By lacking a keyboard, input and production aren’t quite as natural. That isn’t necessarily because the iPad can’t accommodate such input, but rather that the software–and our habits as users–haven’t completely caught up with the not-insignificant shift in interface. But it doesn’t have to be that way. One microcosm of the potential of the iPad in learning is the concept of visual recording. Visual recording is what it sounds like it’d be. But executing it in practice–and then doing something meaningful with those iPad-captured images–isn’t second-nature simply because it’s not something you do everyday. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Multiple Intelligences Apps for The iPad Howard Gardner is an internationally recognized leader in the field of developmental psychology. He has prolifically authored several books and journal articles on the nature of intelligence. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice ). Gardner defines intelligence as the ability to solve problems in a given context. Consider a 12-year old Puluwat in the Caroline Islands, he says, who has been selected by his elders to learn how to become a master sailor " under the tutelage of master navigators he will learn how to combine knowledge of sailing stars and geography so as to find his way around hundreds of islands. Gardner argues that there are at least 6 kinds of intelligences : Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Musical, Linguistic, Mathematico Logical, Visual Spacial.

Primary school iPad use potentially positive for boys - study Using iPads in class in primary schools could help boys to engage more, indicates new research. According to a study by researchers at the University of the West of Scotland, the iPad may positively influence pupils’ engagement and has a particularly encouraging effect on the boys in the class. The study focused on a group of 28 pupils in a Scottish primary school, which was made up of 10 girls and 18 boys. Lessons using iPads – and without – were observed and the overall finding was that boys’ engagement with the lessons with iPad activities was raised noticeably. Lead researcher Dougie Marks of University of the West of Scotland’s School of Social Sciences said of the potential of the findings: "Given the growing concern over how well the education system caters for the needs of boys, implementing this sort of technology in schools would appear a valuable endeavour."

iStopMotion for iPad Makes Storytelling Magical | iPad Apps Review Online Maths Apps for Primary School I got a great phone call the other day from a teacher who had been given the opportunity to develop a intervention program. The school had identified a group of students who had been struggling with their Maths. We talked about what outcomes were important and came up with a cross section of apps that might cater for Counting, Operations and Place Values. Obviously some of these are more appropriate for the younger students but we have looked for ones that will make maths a fun thing to learn about. Math Magic is an application for kids to have fun with math and at the same time learn addition, subtraction and multiplication. Montessori Place Value: $0.99 AU Review, practice, and expand your child's place value math skills the Montessori way. Montessori math materials on an iPad. Practice place value of 2,3 and 4 digit numbers using multi-touch. Get a pattern of five Bingo Bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems. Counting Caterpillar: $1.99 AU Motion Maths HD: $1.99 AU

El iPad llega a la escuela La mayoría de los institutos catalanes debate estos días si sigue con el portátil en las aulas. Otros centros, mientras, han decidido dar un salto e ir más allá en la aplicación de las nuevas tecnologías en la educación. Primero llegaron los ordenadores de sobremesa, luego la conexión a internet, las pizarras digitales y por último los netbooks (ultraportátiles). Es el caso de las escuelas concertadas Garbí-Pere Vergés. "El objetivo no es usar el iPad porque sí, la tableta sólo es un aparato, sino aprovechar los recursos que ofrece para mejorar el aprendizaje y los resultados de los alumnos", señala Carles Suero, director del centro de Badalona y uno de los impulsores de la iniciativa. Durante todo un año han formado a los profesores y han diseñado el plan de aprendizaje. En primaria, la escuela pública Jacint Verdaguer de Castelldefels ha decido también pasarse a la tableta -en su caso no será un iPad, sino otra marca del estilo de la de Apple-.

Dropbox resources for teachers In Voionmaa high school we use Dropbox in many ways. Teachers have their own account for sharing files, some teachers also share files with each other. Every teacher has also iPad and Dropbox is a useful tool for iPad users. Links for more: 20+ Tools To Supercharde You DropboxThe ultimate Dropbox toolkit guideDropbox a multi tool for educators62 things you can do with Dropbox10 tools for getting most from Dropbox10+ apps for DropboxFacebook groups adds Dropbox integrationThe Complete Dropbox for Educators by Jeffrey Thomas

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