As an all-rounder, the iPad Air 2 is still the tablet to beat, offering a potent mix of beautiful yet powerful hardware, highly capable software, and an unmatched ecosystem of excellent tablet-optimised apps.
Teacher’s use of iPads in higher education. Daniel Churchill & Tianchong Wang
Mobile devices (e.g. iPads or galaxy tab) are increasingly being used in educational contexts. There has been growing investment in higher education institutions in Hong Kong by the HKSAR Education Bureau in relation to educational uses of mobile technology. However, current research into educational applications of this technology is limited. This article reports results of a qualitative study that investigated how higher education teachers use iPads to facilitate their practice. The study results provide insight into both the educational affordances of iPad technology and the ways in which teachers’ personal or private theories mediate these affordances. The study outcomes contribute to theoretical understanding of higher education teacher changes through adoption of mobile technology. Furthermore, the outcomes provide a set of recommendations for applications of iPads and similar technologies in higher education and ways to support teachers to effectively adopt such technology in their practices.
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.
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Blackboard Collaborate can now be accessed from your mobile device. Simply download the free App from iTunes.
The App allows you and your students to participate in a scheduled Blackboard Collaborate sessionusing your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Although it isn’t as powerful as the web version of Blackboard Collaborate, it still provides access to the most commonly used functions.
As the iPad approaches popularity that’d make The Beatles blush, it’s easy to forget what technology in learning looked like before the little tablet from Cupertino entered our collective pedagogical consciousness. It’s also easy to forget...
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."