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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: iPad in the Classroom? Reply with quote

I don't own an iPad but have been considering buying one and thought it might be useful in the classroom. I've been searching for some relevant apps but nothing is jumping out at me as "must have". So I thought I'd see if anyone else is using an iPad in their classroom.

I'm thinking not just for use in teaching (e.g., displaying flash cards) but also in managing the classroom (recording grades, seating charts, lesson plans, etc) since it would be convenient to access both at home and at school.

I welcome any thoughts or insights.

Many thanks!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked on a project at one school where ipads were issued to the students on a regular basis (just for in-class use). The regular teachers agreed that it was more of a distraction and time-waster than a real aid, but I suspect that this was mostly related to poor applications than to the notion that the device hasn't got any classroom potential.

It would be interesting to hear if there are more effective apps out there; I guess that in our field there is probably a huge untapped market for someone clever enough to come up with some actually useful EFL apps.
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ncaraway



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your feedback. I've seen news reports of iPads being helpful with special needs children, especially children with autism. I can imagine them having some use in a regular classroom but I think it would require a lot of planning and specialized applications.

I've been trying to encourage my school to use Google Docs for collaboration on things like curriculum planning and lesson plans. Similarly, a Google Sites website could be used for giving parents and students access to grades, homework, etc. However, I think convincing them of the utility will be an uphill battle. And then there's the new technology learning curve.

I was in the IT field before becoming a teacher so my perspective is a little different, I suppose.
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Teacher Jack



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get an Android tablet with HDMI out and you can probably find a good use for it in a classroom in place of a laptop.
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted a question some time ago along this topic (not many answers unfortunately)...I've been using an ipad with my 3 year old daughter for some time now. I'm impressed with how easily she picked it up. Great apps out there for ABCs and 123s.

I'd love to hear if anyone is using ipads in groups with young learners.
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tttompatz



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had moderate success using them in a mainstream, primary levels environment but I am not sure about apps (beyond the electronic dictionary) for use in an EFL/ESL environment.

There is some useful stuff for use at the low end (basics like ABC, nursery rhymes, voice recorder/mirror, little kids and at the high end IELTS / TOEIC test prep, dictionary, etc., but not much in between.

That said, for those who are teaching or assisting in business related EFL, all of the business related apps CAN be used in practice for what they are to build on a learners skills that exist and need improvement.

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greenpeace



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:08 am    Post subject: A Great Podcast for ipads in the clasroom Reply with quote

This podcast is highly relevant to this ipad in the classroom conversation.

www.readandrendered.libsyn.com
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ncaraway



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not specifically ESL/EFL, but it looks like this trend is growing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/world/middleeast/29iht-educlede29.html

Of course, my original question wasn't aimed at student use but at teacher use. I don't own an iPad (yet) but I have been testing using a netbook in the classroom. Yes, it's bulky, but I am finding it useful.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was in Korea teaching kids I constantly thought "You know, I could really use a tablet," mostly to show pictures and occasional videos around the class much more easily than with my laptop. This is because I was teaching Korean kids, and had to have a lot of entertaining pictures and videos to back up my points.

Now though I'm in Turkey teaching adults, and I use my Android tablet mostly to check the time, and occasionally to show a pictures of a word I'm trying to define or a person. I've also used Google Maps once or twice to talk about travel or directions, but this is helped by relatively small class sizes (like usually 2-6 students). I don't think it would work for travel and directions if you have more than one table full of people, unless you have more than one tablet.

That said, I think you're thinking about it the wrong way. As someone who grew up with computers, it was second-nature to use my laptop in the classroom, even though I could probably do most of the things I used it for without a laptop, while those that I couldn't (like lessons on how a substantial portion of the internet not found at Naver.com can be a useful tool for research) are things that wouldn't have been necessary before the invention of laptops. If you get a tablet and use it yourself, you won't be asking "how can I work this into my class?" you'll be bringing it along to all your classes, and using it if and when you need it.

Regards,
~Q
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