IPads and classrooms: Better than you thought!
With the constant growth of the place of technologies in society, iPads are a good place to start in a classroom. Assuming people have access to a 1:1 ratio of iPads for students, here are some great ways to incorporate its use in the classroom. You’re thinking about something? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!
1. Replacing textbooks with iPads.
Books are heavy to carry, iPads aren’t. Many publishers now offer an iPad application for their textbooks. Those are easily accessible through iBooks. The only downside to it is that if you forgot your iPad at home, you’re pretty much screwed for the rest of the day.
2. Taking attendance.
Taking attendance is made easy through the application called Attendance. This app allows you to add your students in groups with personalized avatars/pictures for each (hopefully, you’ll use their school ID picture), so it’s fairly easy to use at the beginning of the year as well.
IPadagogy is a youtube channel that offers app reviews of iPad apps, such as TopNotes, a notetaking app which can also include videos (videos!!!) in your notes.
4. Its rise in popularity and resource guides
With the rise in popularity of tablets and other devices, many have created resource guides, such as Kathy Schrok’s. Her resource guide even includes evaluation forms for apps, which could be included in computer classes related to the use of iPads. The iPad has a variety of teaching apps, some of which you can find here. Its popularity also makes people interested in creating applications, which helps the app community grow bigger each day.
5. Writing tools
Writing apps are great for practicing writing, especially when learning a new language. Korean Letters is a nice app to start learning how to write Hangul characters or to practice. Aside from the previously mentioned TopNotes, there is also Notability that is worth mentioning when it comes to notetaking applications.
So many dictionary apps exist, it’s crazy! From language dictionaries to Dictionary.com & Thesaurus, you have all the possible dictionaries you may think of in one place to make it, once again, fairly easier to carry everything around.
All in all, I think the use of iPads in classrooms is creative and the biggest example of forward thinking! However, I think students should use other tools as well, instead of focusing on a tool only. As the saying goes, don’t put all your eggs in one basket!