Last year, the Los Angeles school district granted teachers iPads loaded with Pearson curriculum in a controversial deal that was later voided. A new report observed most teachers weren’t using them.
Kim Flintoff's insight:
If the devices were there then there is no reason they couldn't be used regularly in an active, student-centred, inquiry driven model of learning engagement. Set aside all the riduclous excuses about missing "content" and ask what really stopped teachers picking them up and putting them in the hands of learners. This is the 21st Century - there is no valid reason for first world qualified teachers to ignore the opportunities afforded by meangingful technological engagement.
"Using Google Apps on the iPad can get sticky! Historically, Google and the iPad have not played well together. But we have come a long way in the last couple years! There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!
"The infographic embedded below details the most useful Google apps for the iPad. These are the apps that I find most useful not only for teachers, but any Google user. Take a look, download, and explore the wonderful possibilities of using Google Apps on the iPad!"
The vast majority of undergraduate and graduate students believe tablets will transform the future of higher education, but most still rely on laptops and smartphones for school work, according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson.
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Lynn University in Florida has expanded its iPad initiative to include all of its day undergraduate students, new MBA students and Ed.D. students.
The university measures the success and progress of its iPad initiative through student surveys, student performance metrics and cost analysis. After the first year, the university found that "94 percent of students and 97 percent of faculty associated the iPad with favorably contributing to the learning experience."
Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad?
"Now that the Google Classroom is officially released to all Google Apps for Education accounts, those of you using iPad in their instruction would probably be wondering about possible ways to integrate this new tool with iPad. The video tutorial below will guide you through the process of how students and teachers can use Google Class on their iPad to create and turn in assignments."
"iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation shows how iPads can be used constructively and creatively in K-12 classrooms. Co-authors Tom Daccord and Justin Reich of EdTechTeacher craft a meaningful and powerful vision and process of iPad integration for school teachers and school administrators -- as well as parents. iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation features case studies, practical strategies, and specific apps that make the book directly applicable to classroom practice."
Ms Kelleher, the school's principal, said that the focus "shouldn't be on the technology, it should always be on the learning".
But she said teachers can be "frustrated by the static nature of traditional textbooks. They are often expensive and out of date almost as soon as they are published."
Developing the digital course materials, which pupils can use at school or at home, has been "very positive" and rather than reducing the role of the teacher, she says that it makes the teacher "more important than ever".
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