Ipads for Teaching and Learning

Stephanie Cothran

What are the advantages?

http://www.teachhub.com/advantages/disadvantages-ipads-classroom



  • Ipads allow for immediate feedback in the classroom.
  • Students read and annotate paperlessly.
  • Students are able to share files with other students in different classrooms.
  • Free classic books.


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html?referer=


This article states that many schools are embracing the use of iPads in the classroom in order to teach lessons by using games such as Jeopardy. Students at Roslyn High School on Long Island were given iPads, and they are to be used in class and at home for school work. They feel that it allows them to extend the classroom outside of the building.


http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/19/10-things-the-ipad-is-good-for-and-5-it-isnt/


  • The Ipad is a great e-reader. Most of the time, students can find books on a iPad cheaper than they are in a store.
  • Students can play fun, educational games that go along with their school lessons.


http://www.cultofmac.com/185222/why-your-ipad-is-almost-always-the-cheapest-way-to-get-your-textbooks-back-to-school/


This article gives a step-by-step reasons and prices of why it is cheaper to buy and iPad and then buy textbooks online. Even after purchasing the iPad and textbooks, it is still much cheaper than paying $700 for the actual textbooks.


http://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/iPads-in-the-classroom-are-beneficial-for-kids-with-disabilities


iPads are used as therapeutic devices for children with disabilities. When children are lacking motor skills, touch screens are more intuitive devices.


Could an iPad replace a computer?

http://lifehacker.com/-i-ditched-my-laptop-for-an-ipad-with-a-few-apps-and-1560205540


iPads could potentially replace laptops, but I feel that it depends on the user's preference. The consumer must take into account usability, mobility, and cost in order to make that decision for his or herself.

iPads in the Classroom

How Has Research Helped With The Use Of iPads?

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the Pinterest links that were provided. There are so many different ways in which a teacher can use iPads for their students, and this gives an even better idea of how teachers can use them to their full advantage. The GoWorksheet Maker can actually take printed classroom work and make them accessible with an iPad. This means that the teacher can take a photo of the worksheet and customize it for the student's needs. I feel that this is extremely important because we have so many different types of learners in the classroom. If the teacher knows his or her students, they will be able to create customized worksheets for every child. Another app that I enjoyed reading about was the Noteshelf Fluid Touch Pte. Ltd. This app allows students to take notes n their iPads, but they can also sketch different things in order to help them remember. This is important because not all students can learn easily by simply taking notes. Sometimes they need something a little extra to help.


iPads in the Classroom: Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything:

This is an extremely helpful article because it provides many different links and information about uses for the iPad according to Bloom's Taxonomy. I feel that I have learned so much about this topic while in the education program, and it is very important. For remembering, some of the apps include: Word Bingo, Mathmaster, and Shake-a-Phrase. These are all apps that will allow students to recognize information and assist them in remembering it. She provides links for every step all the way up to creating. This was the most interesting, in my opinion. Some of the apps for creating include: Toontastic, Book Creator, and Storyboards. I feel that students learn the most when they are allowed to make something and use their imagination. When students are forced to think outside of the box, they are more likely to remember the information.


8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education:

It is extremely interesting to me that Kindergarten students who used iPads scored higher on literacy tests than students who did not use them. This shows how incredibly interactive iPads really are. In my practicum experiences, even students as young as preschool are more focused on the lessons when they are allowed to do them via iPad. The author of this article even mentions the fact that medical students scored higher by twenty-three percent from iPad use. I feel that this is a huge deal. My worry with iPad use in the classroom is that eventually, we are going to do away with old fashioned paper-pencil assessments, and I do not agree with that. I am very thankful for iPads, and I feel that they are important in education, but I also feel that it is important for students to have real books and learn handwriting skills by using pencil and paper.


Technology in the Modern Classroom:

The author of this article makes it clear that they feel technology is etremely important in the modern classroom, and as education continues to evolve, technology will continue to have a more important role. I totally agree because technology is such a huge part of our world. Most of the students who I have taught in my practicum classes as young as first grade had cell phones. The classroom is completely different from how it was when I was in elementary school. I did not have a cell phone until I turned sixteen-years-old, but parents are buying them for their young children. Instead of being afraid of technology, I feel that we, as educators should learn as many ways as we can to integrate it into our lessons. The students love it, and I feel that it makes them more and more engaged in our lessons because they are so interested in it.