The iPad is an exciting device, so I’ve been searching for ways that it’s actually being used in education. I’m focusing on school use, whether this is by the teacher or students.
The excitement surrounding the iPad has a lot to do with the fact that it allows students to interact with data through the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic modalities. Here I summarize some ways that a fourth grade class has been using the iPad.
- Keynote Presentations
- Grammar tutorials
- Mind Maps (Idea Sketch)
- Note Taking (Sundry Notes)
- Graphing – iWorks Numbers
- Vocabulary and spelling activities
- Math activities
Uses for teachers:
- Informal Assessment – teachers can walk around the room taking grades as they observe. No more clipboards followed up by later data entry.
Here are some ideas that I have read about, but haven’t heard of actually being implemented yet:
- Symmetry lessons allowing young students to rotate, flip, and mirror graphics.
- Worksheets and assignments can easily be emailed to student iPads and emailed back when the students are finished.
- Digital portfolios will be much easier to organize now that students are emailing work to the teacher.
- The iPad alone becomes the textbook, worksheet, schedule, and assignment book. This could certainly simplify the number of physical objects a student must carry around. On the flip side, it will begin teaching digital organization.
- Parents can synchronize with the classroom calendar, so they know what assignments are due.
- Playground & lunchtime behavior reports can be created on the spot with an iPad, rather than be entered into the computer later.
Here are the sources from which I summarized the above:
- Forum Postings: Attendance & Informal Assessment
- Teacher Blog: Experiences with Daily Use in an Elementary Classroom
- School District IT Director: Why the iPad Absolutely Matters