What happens when you deploy new iPads and use an old way of thinking? Or when you actually let students take iPads home? This is how iPad implementation went down at the Redlands College.
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Traditionally ICT in school was (and most cases still is) deployed through computer labs, where a centralized shared ICT infrastructures made available in specific location with restrictive access time.
What the recent trend in technology has done about this is to break that picture all together. NMC's Higher Education Edition of 2013 Horizon Report lists tablet computing as the 'less than one year' innovation which will get to mainstream. Looking at the current devices offerings available in the consumer market, I believe that prediction is very likely to occur. One to one student-computer ratio, would make a significant changes in the practice of teaching and learning, even in traditional classrooms.
I like to refer to the old article by Dr. Vannevar Bush, a Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development- USA, in Atlantic Magazine on July 1945 (before I was born). http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/?single_page=true
What was envisioned by Bush has become more and more a reality, and exceeded ten folds over with the proliferation of mobile devices that allow the majority of students to connect to the internet almost constantly, with a relatively high speed data connection. It's personal learning, it's persistent learning, it's different than what the ecosystem used to be. Pedagogically something might need to change.
As the devices become more and more personal, learning can take a very different form than what it was before. The affordances that the technology bring to the learning plate can also open up new possibilities for new pedagogies, not necessarily entirely new, but by significantly remove factors that would traditionally become hindrance, we allow better deployment of those pedagogies.