"Les tablettes tactiles et l’iPad peuvent-ils devenir un agent de changement à l’école primaire? Cet outil technologique peut-il participer à la réussite scolaire des élèves? Est-ce que cette tablette leur permettra d’apprendre plus?
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iPad as Innovation
(...) What about when support, access and mobility allow for cross-grade collaboration? Teachers in two Chicago Public Schools -- Autumn Laidler,Kristin Zeimke, and Ben Kovacs -- developed a cross-school, cross-grade-level project where students both learned and taught each other.
With more than a million iPads in schools, teachers and students are enthusiastic about the technology, but tablet use in classroom brings about new problems.
Problem #1 Not enough dollars to purchase content
Problem #2 Input ( entering responses in to a tablet can be awkward.)
Problem #3 Monitoring use (some educators are worried about how to handle a classroom full of independent learners.)
Other problems expressed buy educators
With more than half of those surveyed selecting “no budget” as their biggest complaint about using tablets in the classroom, educators noted other issues as well, though in much smaller percentages:17% of respondents answered: Don’t know how to evaluate or guide kids in their tablet use16% answered: Don’t understand how applications integrate into my lesson plans8% answered: Don’t know how to get applications/e-books7% answered: Applications/e-books aren’t educational enough7%: The technology is confusing22% filled in the “other” form with comments, mostly about monitoring tablet use.
A smart list with problem #1 being a recurring problem in many countries (e.g. France)... schools often get a budget to buy the hardware but don't get any money left for content!!
Education has been quick to jump on the tablet bandwagon by deploying iPads and a handful of Windows 8 and Android tablets. But in one surprising new twist the iPad finds itself under threat in the classroom from a different form factor altogether.
Running Google’s Chrome OS, the Chromebook allows users access to web applications only and has been generally well-received, even if some reviewers have been quick to note its limitations.
“A Chromebook cannot do everything that a Windows PC or a Mac (of even a Linux PC) can do. It can’t even do everything that a tablet can do. For one thing, the selection of games is very limited though there is, of course, Angry Birds,” wrote seasoned tech journalist Steve Wildstrom recently for Tech-pinions.
“But it is very good at what it does well, and for a large number of people, it would be a more than adequate replacement for a conventional PC”.