|1:1 iPad Classroom||
The iPad offers children a creative and engaging way to create, capture, share & publish their learning and thinking in a multimedia way & incorporates all the learning modalities and allows them to use much higher thinking skills . Traditional keyboard/writing based computer or pen & paper work frustrated or held back younger students and often limited older ones- especially this new digital generation. Now they can get information not regurgitate it, take pictures, record their voices (VoiceThread, Mad Lips) create videos (iMovie) annotate diagrams, pictures, notes or PDF (Notability, Explain Everything), explain and record their learning with interactive white boards , use animated puppets to tell stories (Sock Puppets, Toontastic, Puppet Pals), create mind maps (Popplet) and read or create & publish interactive, books that others can read on their iPads (Scribble Press, Paperport, iBooks). The list could easily fill this page and all this from one powerful personal device. The iPad is the ultimate tool- and it takes up little room in a backpack and can replace those heavy books children lug or roll around in incredibly heavy backpacks. There are numerous Apps to chose from and the beauty of all these apps is that they are multipurpose apps. They can be used in many curriculum areas and the only limitations I can see are those we create for ourselves. While I have used Microsoft Word and Publisher for years they can only go so far. I now see that clearly. However, I also realize the iPad does have some limits and depending on where your school is at in technology they may be underutilized. iPads are not computers and do not have the robust ability to word process, create spreadsheets, their file structure and ability to share is cumbersome at times they are not a replacement for computers. So if the focus in your school's technology is using computers for writing word documents, student reports, publish stories, brochures etc. The iPad will not out perform. If you only want to read books or make movies on the iPad it will be poorly utilized. I believe the iPad is best served with notebooks along with the realization that it can expand traditional methods of instruction and provide an incredible array of ways for students to show what they know. All this in a small personal device.
We are getting ready to start our Flat Stanley unit so we needed to read the original Flat Stanley book. It happened to be an ebook that I put on the iPAD which I then projected up on the large screen via Apple TV. I wasn't sure how it would be received by the students. While I have a vigorous in- class reading program and the students read nightly at home for AR points this simple ebook caught their attention - they were captivated! The power of iBOOKs was apparent to me quickly. I could highlight specific aspects of the story I wanted to highlight ( punctuation, vocabulary, parts of speech), add stickies for questions, predictions & comments, use the dictionary for words we came across. They went home and asked for the iBooks app and wanted to read more books at home! I am going to ask parents to help me buy more ebooks for the classroom . Reading AR books just got elevated to a much more interactive activity in my room! Wow.