Tech pundits like to frame any sort of mobile or digital competition as a war between devices and brands. Android vs. iPhone. iPad vs. Kindle Fire. HP vs. Dell. In many cases, the competition for market share is cutthroat and the hyperbole applies. But this argument loses relevance when it’s applied to students’ use of technology. In education, the success of any product depends on how well the device maker or platform provider can overcome the rules inherent to our education system.
At an Alexandria, Virginia, USA, elementary school, a second-grader who has autism is using an iPad to communicate to his teachers that he is hungry, and would like pizza and chicken nuggets for lunch.
There are plenty of stories out there about schools that have already launched large-scale iPad programs or that are considering them for next year. Many U.S. school districts have yet to determine an iPad strategy, however, and are still moving forward cautiously.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - We've seen how iPads can be used in traditional classrooms for learning. They're also proving to be beneficial for Special Education students. One Sioux Falls Speech Therapist says she’s seeing the benefits with her students.
Khan Academy, the wildly popular YouTube lecture series, is slated to launch its iPad app any minute now in Apple's store. The enhanced version of Khan Academy will include time-syncing between devices--no Internet connection required--an interactive transcript of the lectures for easy searching, and a handy scrubber for moving between parts of the lectures. Perhaps more importantly, now that more schools have begun adopting Khan's lectures for their own classrooms, the free iPad app could possibly replace or supplement textbooks, saving cash-strapped schools and students a lot of money.
SHREWSBURY — In a presentation to the School Committee on Wednesday, Sherwood Middle School teachers and students gave an update on the ongoing iPad pilot program, rating its effectiveness as very positive.
New numbers show that a plan to use iPads instead of textbooks appears to be working. The Lake County School District County made the move at the beginning of the school year, in an effort to save money.
Over the past several years, the education debate in America has increasingly become a conversation about technology. As we've seen the benefit of having tablets and smartphones in our lives, we've started to pin to it our hopes for our nation's education system, as well. Recently this talk has reached something close to a fever pitch. In January, Apple announced that it would be working with major education companies (including McGraw-Hill) to develop academic titles specifically for the iPad, inspiring a wave of blog posts and tweets hopeful for education's rescue. The FCC took things one step further in March, convening a meeting in Washington with several key players with the goal of driving adoptions of digital textbooks in K-12 schools across the country.
I work at a school where the students’ mobile phones aren’t allowed into the classroom. We’d love to deploy iPads on a wider basis, but we don’t know how to restrict iMessage. We’re already using LocPad to restrict the students’ website access on their iPads just to the few we need in the math classroom, but we don’t know how to restrict iMessage.
TORONTO - Ontario's elementary school curriculum spells out that all Grade 3 students must learn about the similarities and differences between urban and rural communities, although it leaves it up to teachers to figure out the best way to impart that knowledge.
Teachers sat in St. Joseph High School’s library after the final bell rang Thursday, anticipating the beginning of spring break but taking a few final minutes to focus on a device that could drastically change their profession.
Interactive Elementary, creators of innovative educational applications for Apple's iPad, today released Elementary School Math HD, a comprehensive, activity-based mathematics application for students in 4th and 5th grade.
Like its predecessor, Middle School Math HD, a staple of iPad-equipped classrooms around the globe, the app will be released with eight modules. Highlighting the assortment of activities are games related to coordinate geometry, rounding, pattern sequences and ordering numbers. Interactive tools for constructing shapes and developing surveys are also included.
Debuting on the App Store on Tuesday with a $0.99 price tag, Elementary School Math HD has been localized to support students in English, Spanish, and Russian.
Dave Brown, Interactive Elementary's president and an Ontario teacher, says he and his development team strived to create a product that not only followed from curriculum standards but also served to liberate teachers from tedious tasks like preparing and marking the drill work.
"North American schools have entered into a major period of transition. Technology is being infused everywhere you look. Of course, tablets are beginning to play a prominent role in this movement. What we offer is just one piece of the broader puzzle. We aim to build resources that effectively replace the worksheet while providing students with immediate feedback on their understandings."
Brown suggests updates for Elementary School Math HD are on the horizon.
"Our next update will add some features on the data collection side. We want to provide teachers with the data that will allow them to measure student progress. We're also quite excited about two additional modules that are in the works. We are introducing a probability activity as well as a module centered about algebra manipulatives."
Elementary School Math HD is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The unveiling of Apples latest iPad on Wednesday didnt just resonate with the computer companys cultlike following. Educators across the nation, including teachers and administrators in Lakeville, eagerly awaited the big reveal.
Students at Catholic high schools in Brockton and Braintree will start the next school year with iPads instead of papers and books in their backpacks, part of a growing number of schools looking to trade traditional learning tools for the latest.
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