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.

  1. Keynote Presentations
  2. Grammar tutorials
  3. Mind Maps (Idea Sketch)
  4. Note Taking  (Sundry Notes)
  5. Graphing – iWorks Numbers
  6. Vocabulary and spelling activities
  7. Math activities

Uses for teachers:

  1. Attendance
  2. 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:

  1. Symmetry lessons allowing young students to rotate, flip, and mirror graphics.
  2. Worksheets and assignments can easily be emailed to student iPads and emailed back when the students are finished.
  3. Digital portfolios will be much easier to organize now that students are emailing work to the teacher.
  4. 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.
  5. Parents can synchronize with the classroom calendar, so they know what assignments are due.
  6. 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:


About voyagingmind

My name is David Gammill and I've had a long interest in technology. Currently looking for an elementary school technology position.
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3 Responses to iPad

  1. Ben K. says:

    I’ve been “testing” a district iPad for the past few weeks. There are a few things that I still do on a laptop. However, many tasks have been relegated to the iPad for it’s size, easy of use and battery life.

    I’d like to add one more thing to your list: Moodle. The Moodle app [iTunes link] is designed for the iPod Touch but works well on the iPad. I’ve been using it a two days. It is different than a web based Moodle but still fairly intuitive.

    Just something to think about when you are planning iPad curriculum.

  2. ktenkely says:

    I have been really impressed with the iPad as a learning tool. Currently I am doing a mini-pilot program in preparation for a larger pilot program with 4 students. One app that I have really enjoyed is the Whiteboard app. It allows students to draw and save their work as an image in the photo library. Another nice feature of the app is the ability to send students a photo that they can open in the app and “write” on top of it. This is a great way to send students work and have them interact with it before saving it and sending it back to the teacher. This is particularly helpful with the lower elementary grades (1st).

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