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What use is an ipad as an instructional tool

 
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hdeth



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:49 am    Post subject: What use is an ipad as an instructional tool Reply with quote

So we were just given ipads to use in our class and I'm trying to figure out what to use it for besides eye candy for the kids and their parents. All classrooms either have a pc with a projector or a mini-mac with a 70" TV. What can I do with an ipad that those can't do? I understand the usefulness of the kids having some device but what's really the point of me having one? They've given us some training with them but there's nothing they've shown us to do that couldn't be done just as easily or better on a normal computer.
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buravirgil



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ipadeducators.com/#!curriculum-apps/c2t8

Bloom's Taxonomy of Apps
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hdeth



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ipadeducators appears to be blocked in china. Will check it out later when I get on the ol' vpn.

There's a lot of apps that would be great for students and everyone was looking forward to that aspect...but the school cheaped out and only bought the teachers ipads. Almost no students have them (school's trying to get the parents to buy them now).

So until the students get ipads....I'm not really sure how much good this thing does me. Are there some tools that work really well even though the students don't have any sort of tablet (and not allowed to bring phones/computers to class)?

I mean, I think I can use all the apps on the main classroom computer...one less thing to carry around.
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buravirgil



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hdeth wrote:
So we were just given ipads to use in our class...but the school cheaped out and only bought the teachers ipads. Almost no students have them (school's trying to get the parents to buy them now)
I've used a tablet to organize my own materials/schedule/roster, leaned it on the lip of a chalkboard to use a countdown timer (that is extra large and can be seen from far away), cast (or sling) content to an enabled projector (eZ cast, ChromeCast), and play music...that's about it.

I had inferred the students had them, and the links I posted are for that purpose. So...not much for you in those links.

Maybe offer it up to students structured by a fair time-sharing to see what they can do/find/enjoy with an earnest admission finding a purpose for the thing is a goal. Kids excel at doing unexpected things with the latest technology.
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winston.smith



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:01 pm    Post subject: Depends on student IT literacy & what lessons they repla Reply with quote

Depends on student IT literacy & what lessons they replace.

If the students have little IT experience they can be used as a "clunky" locked-down mini versions of a full blown PC. However, any IT instructor/assistant worth their salt should either be aware of how a system can be locked down and pass a request on to the relevant technician/engineer or can do the lock-down themselves, if the device needs this, though really this should already be in place.
A locked-down device is one which has been configured so that the users cannot reconfigure the device to the extent that it impairs their learning.
Otherwise, unless the students would benefit from a more mobile/sociable environment to the tasks at hand then the (slate/tablet/ipad (they're all the same, they're just marketed differently and have different operating systems, but essentially they're the equivalent device)) may not be the best option. Occasionally a certain level of isolation so students learn to develop initiative per specific tasks is necessary or useful, in which case tablets/slates/ipads may not be the best tool.
Like I said when mobility and sociability is an important aspect of whatever it is they are learning then in such a scenario this kind of device may be useful. However, even though they are tactil devices in some senses it is altogether different from getting students to really use their hands. Pen, paper, handling objects without too much object interaction. Electronic devices interact/respond "intelligently" in ways that non-electronic devices do not. This moves the student to a sense of almost total and complete self-reliance and helps encourage creativity in a more organic, less sterile interaction.
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