Maybe it was a happy accident or planned; there is no denying that the use of computers for educational purposed has transformed the way teachers teach (Molnar, 1997).Teachers began to make the change from traditional paper and book, to incorporate the computer into the classroom to assist with learning. When the Internet came about, it allowed teachers to teach students using collaborative inquiry-based learning.
When the concept of computer-based collaborative learning began to take shape in classrooms around the country, the computer, as a result, became smaller. No longer were people forced to stay home with bulky equipment, and limited Internet.
The Internet expanded to include not only dial-up modems, but broadband and wireless. With the introduction of greater Internet access, personal portable devices became readily available. Both of these advances were directly responsible to help create a learning environment for students to use personal devices in the classroom.
The biggest technological advancement since the introduction of the personal computer is the iPad. Ernst, Walker, & Cohen (2011), from the Online Learning Consortium gave a presentation about the use of iPads in the classroom. As a result of their presentation, I understood the value that iPads have in the classroom. Students currently use their iPads for playing games and watching movies, so it makes sense for teachers to use them in the classroom. Using iPads in the classroom can have some pitfalls, which teachers need to know before using in the classroom.
Pitfalls of using iPads in the classroom are in poor planning. Teachers may be ineffective in their planning when giving instructions, the iPads may not integrated into the school’s network, and there may be some students who do not feel comfortable using technology.
The key for teachers to overcome these pitfalls would be first to start with their lesson plan. If using the iPad, teachers need to be sure that the assignment or activity meets learning objectives and engage the learner. Teachers can assign groups where one or two members can assist other students who may not be comfortable with using iPads. Before diving head into the iPad pool, teachers should take the time to consider their students’ needs and how they address these needs with and without technology. Reid and Ostashewski (2011) produced an excellent study detailing how iPads met the needs of students participating in their study.
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iPads in the Classroom
A reference for giving good tips for using iPads in the classroom ishttp://www.edudemic.com/ipad-tips-classroom/; plus a video showing how iPads enhance student learning in the classroom https://vimeo.com/113727348
Other blogs this week that share the use of iPads in the classroom are:
Kathy Schrock: http://www.ipads4teaching.net/ipads-in-the-classroom.html
Ernst, D., Walker, J. D., & Cohen, B. (2011, November). Mobile learning with Ipads: Challenges and successes in a large-scale initiative. In D. Ernst, . Symposium conducted at the Online Learning Consortium, Northern Hemisphere D. Retrieved fromhttp://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/conferences/2011/aln/mobile-learning-ipads-challenges-and-successes-large-scale-initiative
Molnar, A. (1997). Computers in education: A brief history. The Journal, 24(11), 63-68. Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/articles/1997/06/01/computers-in-education-a-brief-history.aspx
Reid, D. & Ostashewski, N. (2011). iPads in the Classroom – New Technologies, Old Issues: Are they worth the effort?. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2011 (pp. 1689-1694). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved fromhttp://www.editlib.org/p/38089/