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iPads in education | An Enabling e-Learning event

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Started by Tessa Gray 11 Jul 2012 3:01pm () Replies (23)

Judging from the high interest in discussions within the iPad/iPod user group, iPads in education is a current trend for many schools. Perhaps your school is thinking about purchasing iPads and not sure how to get started. Perhaps you’re personally interested in trialing ways of working with iPads in the classroom, then this forum will no doubt interest you. iPad

iPads are a versatile, light-weight, portable, multi-media tool that has a huge potential in education – both at school and at home. Wireless technology means that students can access a huge digital repertoire of material for research (Internet), exploration and consolidation of new learning, sharing information, data collection, e-books, story telling and more. The responsive scrolling touch screen makes this tool is ideal for all diverse learners.

Guest educators and teachers include Tara Fagan (BeL facilitator), Tania Coutts (BeL facilitator), Allanah King (iPad/iPod group owner) and Chris McKinlay (Grants Braes School) - will be on hand to answer your questions and share their expertise.

Meanwhile, here's a video from Enabling e-Learning:TeachingBenefits iPads provide for student learning - Part 1 - where teacher Craig Kemp and one of his students from Grant's Braes School talk about the benefits of iPads in the classroom.

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  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 18 Sep 2012 2:40pm ()

    Thanks for sharing the article, Tessa:-) The more we read about how other areas/countries are using these devices, the more we are encouraged to articulate what it means for us here in NZ.  While I don't doubt the power of the iPad (or similar device) to provide new avenues to think about how we create/consume content, I am a little wary of phrases like:

    “One of the main issues we have with kids with autism is frustration about communication,” says Michael Smith, the school’s executive director. “This is a way to communicate that really breaks through that frustration".

    I would want to look at special education students' strengths and needs as being, perhaps, only partly explained by such a diagnosis - and that we need to understand what is going on for each students, regardless of a 'label'. For example, someone reading this article might assume that all autistic children struggle with communication, and that an iPad can address this neatly, but of course the spectrum is broad and complex. So, using our professional judgement as to what strengths and needs any student has and designing learning according to that might be a useful approach.Smile

    But I don't disagree with the final section of the article:

    "Dr. Jennifer Polack-Wahl, a researcher at the University of Mary Washington, has done research suggesting that iOS devices can make a difference in educational results. But the process requires more effort than just buying iPads and putting them in the classrooms.

    “I think they’re going to improve [education] if they’re used right,” she says of iOS devices. “If they’re used as a way to placate kids or leave the teacher alone while working with other students, no. If they take time to make a curriculum that uses this, yes. It depends on the teacher to integrate it into the curriculum.”

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