The iPad has many uses in the classroom, as you will know if you have explored the previous pages in this parent resource. Here are some of the ways that we enjoy using the iPads to enhance our classroom experience:
- Peer training
Students come to us with varying exposure and knowledge relating to technology. In one cohort there are inevitably students who can operate software better than the teacher. This is a fabulous thing – the students then become the tutor. Through this they are consolidating their knowledge, but more importantly they are learning about communication, instruction and effective leadership, to name a few. This model can be used throughout the year when introducing new software applications, some students may have already had experience with the new software and others will pick it up quickly – these students can assume the ‘peer trainer or tutor’ role. As explained in Slide 2 Learn this also leaves ‘the teacher free to best facilitate the pedagogical side of the roll out. Everybody wins’.
- More options
Slide 2 Learn also raises the idea that the use of iPads ‘empowers the student to personalise their own learning.’ The students don’t need to wait for the teacher to provide a text that is at the appropriate level for ‘some’ or maybe ‘most’ of the class. The students have access to countless texts in iBook, youtube, iTunes etc. Learning in this style allows teachers to ‘stop playing gatekeeper’ We load our iPads with eBooks and I assign certain groups or individuals to the books appropriate to them, or the folder of books for them to choose from.
- Endless possibilities
The students are continually accessing google docs as a word processing tool, a collaboration tool and to present their ideas, knowledge and findings. They can tell multimedia stories, screencast how to solve math problems, create public service announcements, simulate virtual tours of ancient cities, and so much more.
iPad mobility means that students can take pictures, record audio, and shoot video, in any number of places.
- Research and Learning styles
With the combination of headphones students are able to search for content and receive it in audio form if they prefer (there is a setting to enable this). Or if they like to read they can pull up documents to scroll through. Many of the students select the video option, giving them audio and visual all together.
Here are some apps we use in the classroom – perhaps you could have your child show you how they work, a great way for them to consolidate their knowledge and for you to stay in the loop.