"If your school district has embraced student-centered learning, if it has redeveloped its curriculum, and if it no longer thinks that end-of-grade testing measures what students today do learn and need to learn, then computer-aided learning and digital learning and learning as play are wonderful. Embrace those iPads! But the metrics, the methods, the goals and the assessments all need to change."
"When I read this blog entry entitled, Can I Transfer Photo Albums Created On My iPad to My Windows PC? http://ow.ly/kwstj ; I couldn't help but feel it was a bit short...here it is:
If you are using the Photos app to create albums on the iPad – those albums will not transfer to the PC. Those albums do not actually contain the photos or copies of the photos. They merely have a pointer to the original photo in the photos app. The albums created in the Photos app are for local photo organization on the iPad only. You can transfer photos but not albums.
While this is true, there are ways to make transferring photos organized in albums easy, regardless of Windows/Mac computer. "
Sells NG on the iPad by saying it combines print, image, video, and hyperlinked media in a powerful way with engaging content. As a very long time subscriber to NG, I will now make sure I put it on my iPad.
After 12 months of being a blogger, I reflect on academiPad and give a preview on the next 12 months to come.
Carol Ann Sass's insight:
A great summary of some of the best postings this past year to academiPad show up about half way through this article. If you don't follow Jo's blog regularly, these links will take you to the best of his articles.
An in-depth study that took place in Scotland, looking at "issues associated with the deployment of personal mobile devices as tools for teaching and learning." Four themes were identified:
* How tablet devices impacted teaching and learning?
* Leadership and management issues
* Parental engagement
* Professional development and learning for teachers
The post lists six headlines from the study, including (quoting):
* The adoption of mobile technologies on a personal basis significantly increases access to technology for students, both inside and beyond school, with many attendant benefits for learning which include greater motivation, engagement, parental involvement, and understanding of complex ideas.
* Teachers are equally engaged by the use of a device like the iPad which has a low learning curve enabling them to use it immediately as a teaching tool and a learning tool for themselves.
For more information click through to the article. To download the report you will need to go a link at the end of the articles "iPad Scotland Evaluation."
This raises a more basic question: Why are people willing to spend $329 on an iPad when they can get an Android tablet for $200? It's not because the iPad is prettier or more powerful. It's because it's more useful – because its App Store is packed with more apps than you'll find for any other tablet. Apple says it has 350,000 tablet-specific apps in its store; Google has never disclosed the number of tablet-specific Android apps, but anyone who's ever perused the Play store knows the number is tiny. This is a crucial advantage, because unlike a phone, a tablet is pretty useless without great apps.
"iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments."