iPads in the Classroom

In Monday’s session we had a look at how iPads can be used in the primary classroom, not only in ICT lessons but across the whole curriculum. We also had a look at some apps that could help us as teachers and give us ideas. For example we looked at the Pinterest app on our own iPads to find fun ideas for lessons, classroom displays and behaviour management systems. We also looked at the apps iMovie and Book Creator and went out to take pictures to make a short film and a book. Our group took pictures of different textures:

Bark Leaves Rings Wall

After this we inputted them into both iMovie and Book Creator to see what we could do with them. It was very simple and easy to do and I think that if I gave a class of children a similar activity they would be able to produce a very fun movie/book to present to the class and this would give them a real sense of pride.

When doing some independent research about iPads I stumbled upon the website, ‘iPads4teaching.net’ (http://www.ipads4teaching.net/ipads-in-the-classroom.html) and looked at a variety of their pages in relation to usage of iPads.Kathy Schrock has compiled a very useful collection of iPad related resources on her page. I also found this article and it’s stats very interesting:

http://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/31-Reasons-You-Should-Be-Using-iPads-in-the-Classroom

Despite the positive reviews that are presented in the article above some people disagree with the use of iPads, arguing that other technology is better, the author states that because many pupils were familiar with iPads they saw it as a “fun” gaming environment, however if they got given another device, such as a Chromebook (a small laptop) they saw that as a place to work (http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/08/whats-the-best-device-for-interactive-learning/375567/). I also found this interesting because the Chromebook seemed like it would be more similar to a normal laptop, and children need to have experience on actual computers in preparation for secondary school.

Thanks for reading,

Jack

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