iPads in Schools
Victoria Education Jan 18
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Over the last couple of months I have just about switched from my trusty old laptop to the iPad as my primary work computer. Basically, the iPad does everything I could do on my PC and a great deal more through all of the apps available specifically for teaching. As a result of this, more of our staff are fronting up to work with iPads as they can also see the benefits in using a tablet for conferencing with students, checking email and using with their interactive white boards.
Digital technology is revolutionising the classroom and schools are scrambling to keep up, BREANNA TUCKER writes A group of Year 7 students rush into the classroom of Queensland's Assisi Catholic College, pull out their mobile phones and sign in to Twitter. A short video clip springs onto the screen of a digital whiteboard and within seconds the classroom's live feed is awash with student tweets about scripts, acting, camera angles and concepts such as the incorporation of ''dramatic replay''. Staring over her group of 13-year-olds, the school's iCentre co-ordinator Maureen Twomey is delighted to see the students rushing to tweet their thoughts before the next scene emerges. ''Their whole concept of what is allowed in class and what is out of bounds has been turned on its head and suddenly everything seems more exciting,'' she says.
iPads - 1 to 1
Since its release the iPad has garnered arguments regarding whether it is primarily a device for consumption or creation. I have always believed that it is a device capable of creation. One simply needs to consider apps such as Avid Studio , DemiBooks Composer , Pages , Keynote , Minecraft Pocket Edition , Art Rage , SketchBook Pro , Comic Life and many others. These and many other apps all allow the user to tap into their talents and produce output of which they can be proud. Of course the iPad is also a worthy consumption device.
Mobile Devices in the Classroom
[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. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea.
Clearly there is a lot of buzz around iPads in schools at the moment. You can’t log on to the Web without reading about another school or entire district or department investing massive coin in a sparkling set of the Wonder Tablets, excited that they will cure all the ills of the current education systems around the world. From reading my blog, you would be no doubt convinced that I am very much in this Pro-iPad camp.
IPad in Education
iPads in Education