Ipads for Teaching and Learning
Why are schools jumping on the iPad bandwagon?
The answer to that is very simple. Students can access a wealth of knowledge, an abundance of engaging learning applications, and ample resources within seconds on an iPad. The world is literally at the student’s fingertips. Computers are bulky, require high maintenance, and are becoming a thing in the past. As a teacher, we are to prepare students for the 21st Century, and I believe that iPads are going to replace computers well before this generation of students graduate high school.
The awesome thing about the iPad is that it can be customized according to each child’s specific needs. For example, children who suffer from autism may become frustrated with simple tasks within the classroom. iPads allow these children to communicate with their friends, family, and teachers with ease. Applications permit these children to break learning down into distinct chunks and topics. There are multiple methods to utilize the iPad effectively: social stories, video modeling, picture scheduling, etc. Moreover, social stories create an easy way to model how specific behaviors and social situations should be handled. Fortunately, creating a social story is very simple: determine one specific behavior or social situation, write in first person, and model the correct method.
Kathy Schrock’s iPads 4 Teaching
This is an AMAZING website to have handy. This website includes EVERYTHING a teacher needs to know about iPads in the classroom such as how to incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy with iPads, iPad app evaluation guides, and lesson plans that incorporate iPads. http://www.ipads4teaching.net/ipads-in-the-classroom.html
This application allows students to create interactive study guides. Through this application, students can study index cards, play games, and take test on information.https://quizlet.com/mobile
Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom
This will link teachers to research and data that prove the importance and necessity of incorporating iPads in the classroom.
8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education
This website provides teachers with various studies and a multitude of data that indicate the necessity of teaching with iPads.
102 Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom
This presentation will literally provide you with 102 engaging ways (with instructions) to effectively utilize the iPad in your classroom.
iPad Activities and Examples
This website contains activities that require an iPad, tutorials that demonstrate the activities, and links that link you to the exact application or website being used for the activity.
Prezi is an online presentation tool that allows students to access projects without the hassle of jump-drives. Prezi has an application that students can easily create presentations. https://prezi.com
iPads in the Classroom
This is an inspiring article that motivates teachers to ‘catch up’ with the 21stCentury. It provides insight to educational power that iPads hold.
Math that Moves: Schools that Embrace the iPad
This New York Times article promotes teachers to expand the classroom beyond the four walls by way of iPads.
The Art of App Smashing
This is a SOMRE newsletter that describes in full detail how to successfully smash apps together to create an engaging and rich lesson.