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How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom?

How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom? | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
The drive to increase technology use in classrooms has many asking whether the investment is more fizzle than bang, and whether it’s too early to tell how wisely the money is being spent.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This article is very similar to the cartoon about the iPad because they both have the same idea that technology might not be what it's all cracked up to be. This article talks about how school districts are shelling out tons of money to get students and classrooms iPads, without even knowing if it is worth it. The author ends by saying there still is not enough data to tell if all the money and technology are even helping the students. The article brings up the fact that a textbook costs about 20% of an iPad. It is even less expensive because it can last many many years without needing to be replaced, or without having to get electronically fixed/maintained.

I agree with what was said in this article, but I wish there was more evidence behind the points the author was making. I do agree that schools should be researching the effects of iPads in the classroom much more before going out and spending millions of dollars. There does need to be test classrooms to show the effects, but after those results, then schools should seriously consider buying iPads. This article is interesting as well as the cartoon because it shows the other side behind technology in the classroom. Most articles and blogs only talk about the benefits of incorporating iPads, and all the awesome new things they can do for your classroom. Nobody ever really sits down, and thinks, "wait, does this even help the students learn?". The students' education should be our number one priority, and sometimes I think people forget that.

After reading this article, I found myself to be slightly less supportive of technology in the classroom. I still believe that some technology is essential like smartboards, or projectors, but now I am not too sure about having iPads in the classroom. Does it actually help them learn, or is it more of a distraction?

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:41 AM

But all too often, iPads are ordered for the classroom and end up not being used very much. Their capabilities are vast, but the actual materials developed for them are still limited to what’s on the market. It isn’t clear that iPads are a good use of most education dollars. At Florida’s recent educational technology conference, attendees heard about a start-up website that aims to create consumer reviews for and by teachers. EduStar hopes to allow teachers to tell how their tech devices are actually changing (or not changing) kids’ classroom experiences. Without real understanding of how a device can be used, schools can too easily fall into buying whatever is the latest fad or buzz.

elizabeth young's comment, March 14, 2013 6:36 AM
yes but you do use it at one pont
stevecarter's comment, March 17, 2013 8:30 PM
I think this depends largwly on the deployment model. Too many schools are trying to use the iPad as s hred device which limits content creation.

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President Obama Speaks on Technology in Schools

President Obama delivers remarks at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, North Carolina. The school's cutting edge curriculum that maximizes the benefit...
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This video of President Obama speaking at a school in Mooresville, NC, and to the nation, addresses the idea that we need to incorporate technology into all of the schools. He starts out his speech by talking about the nation's economic state, and how we are working to get out of recession. He says the way to do this successfully is to give the young kids/students the best possible education in order for them to grow up and have successful middle class jobs. He says that the best way to give students the best education possible it needs four things. We need great teachers, involved parents, safe schools, and the most cutting edge technology. His plan to increase the amount of technology for all students is to make sure at least 99% of students get the fastest internet possible. I think it is awesome that the President of the United States fully supports the idea of implementing technology into the classrooms of America. Because someone of such a high importance is completely behind this idea, more people in America will also support incorporating technology into everyday lesson plans. 

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How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom?

How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom? | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
The drive to increase technology use in classrooms has many asking whether the investment is more fizzle than bang, and whether it’s too early to tell how wisely the money is being spent.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Meleny Weber's insight:

This article is very similar to the cartoon about the iPad because they both have the same idea that technology might not be what it's all cracked up to be. This article talks about how school districts are shelling out tons of money to get students and classrooms iPads, without even knowing if it is worth it. The author ends by saying there still is not enough data to tell if all the money and technology are even helping the students. The article brings up the fact that a textbook costs about 20% of an iPad. It is even less expensive because it can last many many years without needing to be replaced, or without having to get electronically fixed/maintained.

I agree with what was said in this article, but I wish there was more evidence behind the points the author was making. I do agree that schools should be researching the effects of iPads in the classroom much more before going out and spending millions of dollars. There does need to be test classrooms to show the effects, but after those results, then schools should seriously consider buying iPads. This article is interesting as well as the cartoon because it shows the other side behind technology in the classroom. Most articles and blogs only talk about the benefits of incorporating iPads, and all the awesome new things they can do for your classroom. Nobody ever really sits down, and thinks, "wait, does this even help the students learn?". The students' education should be our number one priority, and sometimes I think people forget that.

After reading this article, I found myself to be slightly less supportive of technology in the classroom. I still believe that some technology is essential like smartboards, or projectors, but now I am not too sure about having iPads in the classroom. Does it actually help them learn, or is it more of a distraction?

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:41 AM

But all too often, iPads are ordered for the classroom and end up not being used very much. Their capabilities are vast, but the actual materials developed for them are still limited to what’s on the market. It isn’t clear that iPads are a good use of most education dollars. At Florida’s recent educational technology conference, attendees heard about a start-up website that aims to create consumer reviews for and by teachers. EduStar hopes to allow teachers to tell how their tech devices are actually changing (or not changing) kids’ classroom experiences. Without real understanding of how a device can be used, schools can too easily fall into buying whatever is the latest fad or buzz.

elizabeth young's comment, March 14, 2013 6:36 AM
yes but you do use it at one pont
stevecarter's comment, March 17, 2013 8:30 PM
I think this depends largwly on the deployment model. Too many schools are trying to use the iPad as s hred device which limits content creation.
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The single most innovative concept in education is at least 100 years old

The single most innovative concept in education is at least 100 years old | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
There's a whisper in the air. The long-awaited reform in education, they report, is finally here. The proposed solution? Technology. More specifically, iPads in classrooms.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:50 PM

#In this wonderfully candid interview, conducted in 1995, Jobs was asked, “Some people say that this new technology maybe [the most important thing in schools]….” He responded:

I absolutely don’t believe that. … I’ve helped with more computers in more schools than anybody else in the world and I [am] absolutely convinced that [it] is by no means the most important thing.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2013 12:02 AM

"What is the most important thing? Well, for Steve Jobs, no less than Maria Montessori, to be sure, it was another person. As he goes on to explain, “The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.”

 

This is a great article and points to the need for caring, compassionate people to remain involved in children's education.

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

While there are some nay-sayers who bring up some negative effects of technology on education in the classrooms, mainly budgetary reasons, using new technolo...

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After watching this video, I truly learned a lot about the many different benefits of technology in the classroom. The man talking throughout the video starts off with an interesting qoute that grabbed my attention. He says, "Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who don't use technology will be replaced by those who do." This man truly believes that technology is the future of education, and all teachers should begin to accept that. All teachers should start using technology on a daily basis in their classroom. The rest of the video is him explaining his reasons for why teachers need to. Most of the reasons, I have already heard throughout other articles and blogs of similar nature. Some reasons that stood out to me where the fact that technology helps students with professional developmemnt. We are living in a world where the technology field/industry is continuosly growing, and we need people to work these jobs. You might as well start training the future professionals when they are young and in school. Another interesting reason is that technology in the classroom improves schools' test scores. At first I was skeptical, and was very curious as to the man's explanation. He went on to say that the use of computers in classrooms allows students to each move at their own pace. If there is one student who really understands a concept much quicker than the rest of the class, that student can move on to the next subject by using the internet and pre-recorded lectures from the teacher. This is beginning to get into the idea of blended learning, another one of my scoopit topics. I am beginning to see that the increase in technology in classrooms around the United States, is the reason behind the new wave of blended learning or "flipped classroom" in so many of the schools today. I enjoyed that this video did not focus on one specific piece of technology, but that it talked about several different ones you can incorporate into the classroom for different reasons. 

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Calling all K-12 teachers! Check out Connected Classrooms on Google+ to discover virtual field trips and collaborate with fellow educators.

Calling all K-12 teachers! Check out Connected Classrooms on Google+ to discover virtual field trips and collaborate with fellow educators. | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
Bring the world into your classroom through Google+
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This is the first I have ever heard anything about Google's Connected Classrooms. This is a part of google plus that allows students from all over the United States go on virtual field trips to museums, aquariums, etc. Different places where students would go on a field trip videotape themselves giving a demonstration, just like they would if the students were actually there. It is done live so students have the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about what they are learning. As long as the teacher has a google plus and the location of the "field trip" has a google plus, they can join a google hangout through Connected Classrooms. It is so easy and convenient for schools that do not have enough funds or time to actually travel. The only downside to this is that I believe students really enjoy leaving school and venturing to a new, exciting place. Field trips were always my favorite thing when I was in school, and I think students learn a lot from them. With the field trip via video, there is no physical interaction. For example, a field trip to the aquarium may allow for students to touch a stingray in the pool, but the students cannot do that through technology. It is however better than not having any field trip experience at all.  I think that this is an awesome opportunity for so many students and teachers around the Unites States, and I am very pleased that so many people are connecting through technology. 

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8422.21st_5F00_century_5F00_classroom.jpg (2385x1124 pixels) | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
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All of the statistics on this page kind of surprised me. I had no idea the numbers were so high! For example, 60% of students asked had used an online textbook. When I was in middle and high school I never used an online textbook. We hardly had any technology period. I am very glad to see things/times are changing though. I believe technology is good for students, especially elementary students. If a teacher can use a fun game or activity to teach the students, it maintains their focus, and they think it is exciting. It even says in the diagram that digital games raised the average test score to 91.5% in a study. So, clearly games help students learn and understand the information better.

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.

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This article on  Edudemic is very useful for all teachers and future teachers who are interested in incorporating more technology into their classroom, especially iPads. I think Ipads can be very beneficial to a classroom for a variety of reasons. They offer more dynamic activities for students to assist in learning. They also make things run more smoothly in the classroom. This article allows insight into why some schools have been failing at implementing iPads into the curriculum, and offers a solution. Very good ideas! For example, the author writes that a language teacher may think iPads don't work well in his or her classroom because there is not a good enough app in the language. The article then offers the solution of purchasing other apps, such as a voice recording one, so the teacher can record her/himself saying the words in the language. This will allow the students to listen and hear how the words should sound. I completely trust this author's opinion and ideas because he states that he went to a iPads in the Classroom workshop at Harvard University over the summer for several days, where they learned all of the beneficial applications teachers and students can use in the classroom. Hopefully one day in my own classroom I will have the opportunity to incorporate an iPad, and if I do I will absolutely use these ideas. 

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This comic/cartoon is about a young student who excitedly tells her teacher that she got an iPad. She then goes on to explain why it is so cool, and everything that she can do with it. After listing off everything, her teacher smacks the chalkboard and says, "I've had something like that for years!". 

This is very interesting because it is one of the few items I have found that shows the other side of technology. The side where people are against incorporating it into the classroom. I guess it does not necessarily show that they are against having technology, but it definitely does not support the idea. The cartoon shows that chalkboards, or simlply writing things down on a piece of paper can do the same thing an iPad can do. For example, the student is excited because she can write and draw on it. Well, you can write and draw on a chalkboard too, and we have had that technology for hundreds of years! 

This cartoon also shows how wrapped up our society is in technology. We all want the latest gadget that can do everything for us, but do we really even need it? This cartoon reminds everyone who reads it that we do not always need the latest technological advance, and we can most definitely live on our lives without it. Students will still manage to learn without the use of computers. Yes, computers and iPads make learning easier, faster, and more entertaining, but they are in no means essential to a child's education. 

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Dr. Alice Christie's GoogleTreks™ Site

Dr. Alice Christie's GoogleTreks™ Site | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
Dr. Alice Christie's Web Site is an online resource for educators using technology to enhance teaching and learning in K-12 and university classrooms.

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This site was created by Dr. Alice Christie to share an exciting new approach to teaching and learning. Enabled by Web 2.0 tools, GoogleTreks™ allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location.

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Things Do Not Change, We Change

Things Do Not Change, We Change | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
Technology in today's classrooms is capable of delivering a personalized learning experience for every student, whether struggling or advanced.

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Sophie's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:30 PM

It is hard for teachers today to accept the change of technology in the classroom. With new learners coming to schools who are emersed in technology- Gen I- Teachers have to overcome their insecurities of technologies and embrace them in their classrooms- for more enjoyable and engaging lessons

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Teaching Writing with Google Docs

Teaching Writing with Google Docs | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
Using Google Docs to do so much more when teaching writing - things that fit quite nicely into my flipped, just-in-time, technology enabled classrooms.

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This article is written by a teacher who is pioneering a new method of writing essays. Instead of using the typical Microsoft Word, he asks his students to write everything on google docs. He lists some of the benefits, and the reasons why he decided to use this method. One of the best parts of writing in google docs is the ability to share with all of the other students. As long as the link is posted, students and the teacher can share rubrics, assignments, and the actual essays. This makes peer-review very easy for students, and they can easily work together on group projects, working off one another. They do not all have to be in the same place to do group projects. Each student can be in the privacy of his or her own room while working together on the essay. Another benefit of writing with google docs is it reduces the liklihood of plagiarism. The teacher can constsantly look at what is being written, and can track everyone who revises using one of the tools on google docs. I know google docs is used very often in Colleges, but I strongly believe that younger students can find this useful as well. Almost every student has access to a computer becuase essays are mostly typed, so using google doc is not more of a hassle. I think this is a the beginning of a new revolution of writing, and I cannot wait for more students and teachers to make use of it in the classroom. 

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15 Engaging and Creative Ways to Use iPads in a K-12 Classroom

15 Engaging and Creative Ways to Use iPads in a K-12 Classroom | Technology in Schools | Scoop.it
If you are looking for unique and innovative ways to use the iPad in your classroom, then you have come to the right place. In this post I teamed up with Stephen Lai and Meg Wilson to bring you 15 ...

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The ideas and applications listed in this blog are brilliant. There are some that can be done simply with a digital camera and a computer, which many teachers already own, but having an iPad do what those two things could is much more convenient. An app that really stuck out to me was Quizlet (also online). This allows teachers to make flashcards for upcoming tests and quizzes that their students can also look at to study. Another idea was the "Pick me" app, which is an app that a teacher can list all of his or her students' names, and you click a button that randomly picks a student. This is a more advanced way of using popsicle sticks that so many teachers still use today. It also has a way of recording who answers which questions wrong, so a teacher can notice any trends with a student not completely understanding the curriculum. Great ideas and apps that I will use in my classroom one day!

 

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I absolutely love seeing students using technology to learn. It's a new age and there are so many new ways of learning. Every student learns in a different way, and to many this could be an exciting and fun way to learn! You can see from this picture that the students are all turned towards the board and are paying attention to what their fellow students are doing. None of them are staring off into space. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to sneak valuable information into what the students think is play time. 

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