Using iPads in the Classroom

27 Nov

iPads in the Classroom: A great Google site with tools to use iPads in your classroom
100+ iPad Apps Perfect for the High School Classroom

In this video, a first grade classroom takes you on a tour of their day-to-day use of iPads. Adorable!

In this video, a middle school teacher goes through his experiment with iPads in the classroom by focusing it on a “literacy project where students used iPads to create their own Digital Documentary”

Here are some links to other videos I found interesting. I love how the students were all incorporated, and each video showcases a different lesson in which the iPad is the main technology tool.

iPads in the Classroom: Kindergarten
Kindergarten classroom tour of using the iPad to learn reading and writing skills

The 3R’s: Using iPad in Reading
Using traditional reading tools with the iPad in an elementary classroom

Student Using iPad to Reinforce Lesson
Footage of one elementary student using an iPad app to reinforce a classroom lesson

Using iPod [Touches] in Our Classroom for the First Time
What happens when iPod Touches are used in one elementary classroom for the first time

How do iPads fit into the classroom dynamic? Are they merely just “another tool” or something worthwhile?


5 Responses to “Using iPads in the Classroom”

  1. Jon Bishop November 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I think this is a great idea! In fact, the towns I cover for my newspaper are experimenting with iPads.

    It’s always prudent, I think, to keep up with the latest technological trends.

  2. ashlee s November 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    ipads would not only benefit.regular education students, but special education students. In particular, students with autism or communication disorders could benefit greatly through use of the iPad in lieu of a
    Pecs book. I think students in general education classrooms would also benefit greatly from the integration of technology since we now live in a technologically dependent society with several technology dependent careers. ITs a win win for all students, good idea.

    • Sarah December 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      I’m am currently working as a special education teacher for high school-aged students. A few of my student have their own personal ipads that they use for communication, and the school also has a few ipads for use in the classroom. Ipads are small and light, which makes them ideal for students to carry with them in order to always be able to access the communication apps. Also, most students that I have worked with enjoy using ipads, and are sometimes more motivated to complete assignments if they are on an ipad (sight words, math problems, etc.) One major problem that we’ve run into is that students tend to obsess over certain aspects of their ipads, such as using the internet or even simply using the touchscreen to touch buttons and navigate from page to page. It is sometimes difficult to get them to complete their work. I’d assume that general education teachers would run into the same problems- students would be able to easily access the internet or different apps that might distract them from the lesson or whatever task they were initially instructed to complete. Just some thoughts…

  3. msclancybostoncollege December 20, 2011 at 4:04 am #

    You make a great point, Sarah, in regards to the use of iPads in the Special Education or General Education classroom. Just like any other source of technology or even with textbooks or a hands on activity, students need guidance and direction with any apps or instruction using iPads.

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