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Following the iPad's emergence in the elementary classroom
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Asking "why" you want iPads is a critical question... - iPads in Education

Asking "why" you want iPads is a critical question... - iPads in Education | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

In his book Start with Why  and the accompanying TED talk, author Simon Sinek claims that we're all very clear about “what” we do.


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Smart Notebook App Moves to iPad -- THE Journal

Smart Technologies will release an iPad version of its Smart Notebook app this summer, the company said.

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10 Ways to Optimize Your iPad for Kids With Special Needs

10 Ways to Optimize Your iPad for Kids With Special Needs | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

When we think about ways the iPad has changed the world, our minds usually shoot to publishing, entertainment, or mobile communication.

 

For the community of people living with disabilities, the iPad may have broken even more ground. The iOS device is not only cool, but provides education, therapy and, of course, entertainment.

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Tablets And Education: Why Innovative Hardware Is Not Enough - Forbes

Tablets And Education: Why Innovative Hardware Is Not Enough - Forbes | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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School districts turn to iPads to cut textbook costs

Judy Schnecke used to volunteer at New Trier High School's bookstore to get a 10 percent discount on her children's textbooks.  Now, school officials say, technology may help do away with costly.

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Tablet for better learning

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.

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Most Schools Testing iPads, Rate Device Management As Biggest Hurdle

Most Schools Testing iPads, Rate Device Management As Biggest Hurdle | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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.

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iPad, iPhone Use Is Helping Apple to Win the Education Market - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews

Apple is winning over younger students with both its iPad and iPhone, according to a new report. With schools considering BYOD policies, Apple is at the head of the class.

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Students Benefit Using iPads For Speech Therapy

Students Benefit Using iPads For Speech Therapy | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App |

Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App | | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom?

Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom? | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
Apple’s foray into digital textbooks for the iPad could dazzle educators and corner a huge, lucrative K-12 book market.
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Schools are upgrading their gadgets thanks to federal assistance

Schools are upgrading their gadgets thanks to federal assistance | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
CROSWELL -- 'When I say 'Action!' that means go,' one child said in Jeff Dahl's second grade class Tuesday at Frostick Elementary School as the children filmed skits with iPads.
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Educators tout success of Shrewsbury iPad experiment

Educators tout success of Shrewsbury iPad experiment | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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.

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Taking iPad art to schools - Arts & Leisure - Sleaford Standard

Taking iPad art to schools - Arts & Leisure - Sleaford Standard | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

A disabled iPad artist will soon be in classrooms across the region teaching digital art to young people after receiving arts funding.

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Train Your Teachers Before Deploying More iPads!

Train Your Teachers Before Deploying More iPads! | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
Last week an educator asked the question, “What digital learning technology can my school district invest in that will not become obsolete?” The answer… teacher training technology! More ...
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School system says move to iPads saves money, raises grades

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.

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The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative - The Huffington Post

The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative - The Huffington Post | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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Oh My Tech: Setting up the iPad for classrooms

Oh My Tech: Setting up the iPad for classrooms | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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.

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'SimCity' educational? Ontario Grade 3s learn social studies with iPad game

'SimCity' educational? Ontario Grade 3s learn social studies with iPad game | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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.

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New touch in education

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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.

 

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Elementary School Math debuts on App Store

Elementary School Math debuts on App Store | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elementary-school-math-hd/id527170970?ls=1&mt=8

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Gadgets: To dominate in class, tablets will need to let us take notes

Gadgets: To dominate in class, tablets will need to let us take notes | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
Two years after Steve Jobs held up the first iPad at its launch in San Francisco, Apple staged another event in January at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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Lakeville educators celebrate iPads in the classroom

Lakeville educators celebrate iPads in the classroom | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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Students at Catholic schools in Braintree, Brockton, and Kingston will start next school year with iPads

Students at Catholic schools in Braintree, Brockton, and Kingston will start next school year with iPads | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it

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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Apple's iPad helps to improve kindergarten literacy in Maine

Apple's iPad helps to improve kindergarten literacy in Maine | The iPad Classroom | Scoop.it
A study conducted at a school district in Auburn, Maine has found that Apple's iPad can be used to help improve kindergartner literacy scores.
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