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iPad and Education – No Longer A Debate!

iPad and Education – No Longer A Debate!
There is no longer a debate! If money was no object would a teacher want their students to have an iPad each? Even if they only used it to research a different perspective. The research exists to support the device as a tool for learning. Any mobile device can assist in the learning process, it just happens that the iPad is the current class leader. So why do we continue to debate? Money – It isn’t the educators job to worry about the finances. Behaviour Management – ‘If students are using technology inappropriately in the classroom, you have a behaviour problem, not a technology problem.’ Learning – If the device isn’t suitable for a task then educators shouldn’t use it. The iPad in Education debate should centre around appropriate use. If it was our job as educators to deal with financial implications or logistical issues then we would be right to debate the use of the iPad in lessons. The real debate centres around when and where to use the device to support existing methodology. Related:  iPadForskningiPad-forskning

How Nearpod Brought Active Learning To My Classroom Engaging instruction is the goal of every educator. So when I was introduced to an app that promised such a lofty ideal, I had to try it. At the time, I was teaching sixth grade math and social studies in a Pennsylvania school district. But I had an idea! Nearpod is an app that allows a teacher to present an interactive lesson on the students’ iPads. As soon as I opened the cart, I had the students’ attention. The excitement, engagement, and of course, every teacher’s favorite word, data proved this app to be useful. Currently I’m employed with a NJ school district as a teacher resource specialist for technology. Teachers can download the free app and create a free account. Teachers want a way to deliver interactive lessons to engage all learners and I feel, no, I know, Nearpod has been my answer.

iPad Research in Schools Last updated on 2/5/2014 Print this page1 The Technology Enhanced Learning Research group, led by Kevin Burden (Principal Investigator) based in the Faculty of Education, has completed the first national evaluation to investigate the use and impact of tablet technologies (in this case the iPad), across schools and homes in Scotland. The study was based in eight schools and six local authorities across Scotland where iPad devices were being piloted to investigate a range of issues associated with the deployment of personal mobile devices as tools for teaching and learning. This follows the announcement and launch in May 2012 by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in Scotland (Mr. Michael Russell) of a series of pilots6 to assess the issues associated with personal ownership of technologies for learning. It is anticipated the current evaluation will contribute to the evidence base which Scotland is looking to develop in this important aspect of education.

Antalet iPad-studier växer – och resultaten är positiva | Jan Hyléns webbplats Allt fler skolor köper iPads till sina lärare och elever. Det rullar som en våg över hela den rika världen och sker till stor del utan att det finns några större studier som stöder paddans värde som utbildningsverktyg. Förutom dess omvittnade snabbhet och användarvänlighet kan ett viktigt skäl vara att paddan svarar extra bra på de krav på en mer individanpassad undervisning som reses från politiken, allmänheten och forskningen. Successivt börjar nu också allt fler studier av iPad:ens styrkor och svagheter att publiceras. Intressantare än dessa studier är en utvärdering av iPads i skotska skolor som genomförts av University of Hull. det personliga ”ägandet” av enheten var en avgörande framgångsfaktor som ökade motivationen och intresset för skolarbetet. Den kanadensiska delstaten Alberta har också sammanfattat sina initiala erfarenheter. Sammantaget börjar nu en bild växa fram som bygger på både mindre pilotförsök och lite mer omfattande studier från olika delar av världen.

10 Video Projects Every Teacher Should Try Making classroom movies has gotten much easier now that cell phones, tablets and other devices feature video capabilities that are high quality and simple to use. And happily, we’ve found that students love to use video—it’s a format that they understand and that sparks their creativity. Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today. Make a Book Trailer: Challenge students to design a movie-style trailer that excites their classmates about a must-read novel or nonfiction book. Try Digital Storytelling: Digital storytelling is a great format for students to share more about their lives or to present about a person in history. What’s the best video project you’ve ever done?

8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education 8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education Posted by Ashley Wainwright on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 09:26 AM Since their release in April of 2010, Apple’s iPads have taken the US by storm. iPads have swept through almost every industry, especially education. Apple is pushing for iPad use in education, and several schools across the US have taken up the charge. The proliferation of iPads in the classroom will only keep accelerating. There have been many interesting studies done about iPads in the classroom and the effects on both students and teachers. A research study, conducted in Auburn, Maine showed that Kindergartner students using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device. According to Open Colleges, 81% of U.S teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning, and 86% of students believe that tablets can help them to study more efficiently. iPad technology in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning and comprehension.

Ipad höjer motivationen i skolan Håkan Edman, grundskoledirektör i Stockholms stad. Efter drygt 6 000 inköpta Ipad har Stockholms stad valt att utvärdera sitt projekt med Ipad i skolan. Projektet har bedrivits på 28 av stadens 120 grundskolor och resultaten är blandade. En preliminär rapport kommer att presenteras på konferensen SETT om skola och it på torsdag. Med hjälp av en extern konsult har Stockholm stad låtit intervjua 40 lärare och fått in enkätsvar från 120 stycken som använt Ipad i undervisningen. – Många lärare menar att dokumentationen av elevernas lärande blivit mer varierad. Lärare i svenska för de yngre berättar till exempel att att eleverna kan visa sin läsfärdighet genom att spela in ljudfiler. Även praktiska saker som att plattorna startar direkt, är lätta att bära och har batterier som räcker längre än en bärbar dators uppskattas av lärarna. – Särskilt om det är en egen Ipad, säger Håkan Edman. Just svårigheten att dela en Ipad mellan flera elever på ett enkelt sätt ses som en brist i skolan.

The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning Welcome to the official guide to technology and learning by Edudemic! This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share. Below are links to the guides we have made so far. They’re always a work in progress so be sure to let us know if we missed something or if you have more resources you want us to call out in the guides. We’re always looking for the best and most useful resources so don’t be shy, share! Just click on the title or image of each guide to view that particular resource. The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms We talk a lot about flipped classrooms on Edudemic. The Teacher’s Guide To Copyright And Fair Use The Teacher’s Guide To Google Glass

Awesome Poster on Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Our Bloom's Taxonomy section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is growing richer in materials and resources. I am so grateful to everyone of you for generously contributing with your ideas and links. I just got this poster from a fellow teacher featuring the 6 thinking skills as outlined in the revised taxonomy. As you probably know, Blooms taxonomy that was first created in the 1950s has been revised by Krathwohl and there are two main changes that appeared in this revised taxonomy: the first one is semantic in that nouns are now being replaced with verbs; and the second change relates to the order of these thinking skills. I will let you have a look at this awesome revised taxonomy poster and looking forward to your comments and feedback.

Lakeville test shows iPads boosted education in many classrooms A new report shows that the Lakeville district’s investment in technology is paying off in terms of student learning and motivation. Of the 31 classrooms or programs that completed research on newly issued iPads last year, 23 reported increases in student engagement, 24 reported that student motivation went up and 20 observed gains in student learning, according to the iLearn Resarch report, discussed at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “This is innovation at its best and I’m really excited about that,” said Roz Peterson, board chairwoman. Superintendent Lisa Snyder said she was happy with the results, but not surprised. “I’ve read a lot of the research on the utilization and need for digital tools for learning,” she said. Trish Harvey, the district’s digital learning coordinator, said that classes not reporting gains either saw no change or had teachers who were reluctant to attribute progress only to iPad use. “I’m most excited about the results of the 1:1 classrooms,” said Harvey.

New: 10 of the best Apple and Android apps for education in 2013 Last year we presented “New: 10 of the best Apple apps for education in 2012,” which highlighted some of the best apps for iPhones and iPods. However, with new upgrades in touch technology, and the emphasis on Common Core State Standards and school reform in general, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Apple- and Android-based education apps for 2013. This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by educators and by parents, and features a range that spans from interactive iBooks to current images of the universe, and from free video software to award-winning STEM curricula. For every app we’ve listed, we’ve included a brief description, device compatibility, suggested use, features, price, and a link to a more in-depth summary with an option to purchase on iTunes or Google Play. Don’t see an app you love on this list? Be sure to let us know—or leave a suggestion in the comment section. (Apps are listed in alphabetical order.) Name: Animoto What is it? Price: FREE

Stockholms iPad-satsning utvärderad | Jan Hylén Under våren 2012 fördelades drygt 2 200 iPads på 13 skolor i Stockholm. Jag fick i uppdrag att utvärdera satsningen och har genomfört enkäter, intervjuer och klassrumsobservationer. De frågor utvärderingen skulle besvara var: I vilka lärsituationer kan iPad användas med framgång? När kan en iPad ersätta en bärbar dator? Resultaten kan sammanfattas som att en iPad kan ersätta en dator i de flesta situationer utom möjligen ordbehandling. Vidare svarar nio av tio lärare att med iPads är det lättare att motivera eleverna i skolarbetet. Du hittar hela rapporten här.

Edward och Skolutvecklingen: UnosUno! Jag har ingått i styrgruppen för forskningsprojektet UnosUno i tre år nu. Det har varit en mycket intressant tid och jag tycker att forskarna fått fram ett antal saker som är väldigt viktigt för huvudmän, skolor och pedagoger att känna till. Resultaten är inte i alla delar revolutionerande men de är viktiga. De bör på olika sätt påverka hur vi hanterar skolors digitalisering. Om du vill läsa alla delårsrapporter finner du dem här: Delårsrapport 2011, Delårsrapport 2012 och Delårsrapport 2013. UnosUno har sett att där finns generella effekter vid införandet av 1-1 (och skolans digitalisering). Dessa resultat är relativt förväntade och om du är någotsånär initierad i skolans värld hade du nog kunnat förutspå dem. Särskilt intressant tycker jag att följande saker är: Det tydliga sambandet mellan skolans fyra nivåer, Politik-Förvaltning-Skolledning-Pedagoger. Skolledarnas roll! De fem områdena är: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Lärares digitala literacy En lokal bank av delade pedagogiska resurser Edward

iPad in Education Innovative ideas for using iPads in education Inside Thinglink EDU Examples Photo: Also Thinglink EDU Examples The unexpected success of failure How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads / Jonathan Wylie It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. STILL One of the Best Kept Secrets: Pinterest! / Teachers With Apps One of the best kept secrets about social media for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents is Pin­ter­est!

The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively I just came across this awesome graphic shared by our colleagues in teachthought and I found it really interesting. The graphic features 7 habits of the highly effective teachers using technology. Even though the habits mentioned are generic , they still reflect part of the digital behavior teacher should embrace when using technology in their class. What is really interesting in this graphic is that all of these 7 habits are also the same features we find in people with " growth mindset ". Without any further ado, I ll let you go through these 7 habits and don't forget to let us know what you think of them. Priginal source of the graphic is always prepped