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iPads in Elementary Classrooms

Digital Essay about iPads

Belinda Burkett

on 13 November 2012

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Created by: Belinda Burkett and Becky Adams iPads in the Elementary Classroom Modern technologies are powerful because they rely on one of our most powerful genetic biases....the preference for visually presented information. Our human brain has a huge bias for visually presented information. Marc Prensky (2001) stated that "our students have changed radically. Today's students are no longer the people our education system was designed to teach" (p. 1).

Riddle (2009) also expresses in her book Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom the importance of learning how to understand and communicate information through an assortment of digital and print-based media structures using imagery, online sites, audio, video, and traditional texts.

Caughlan (2008) reinforces the ideas shared
by the previous two authors. She states
"classes have taken up the challenges
of Web design, digital storytelling, and
the use of blogs and wikis" (p. 123) to
support student learning. Murray and Olcese (2011) discovered during their research that iPads are a great source to support collaboration and develop 21st century skills.

In conducting my research I found that iPads help foster a students education through interactive, efficient, and accessible apps that will enhance a student's knowledge of content being taught.

There is an abundance of educational apps available for teachers to implement within their classroom as an intervention tool for struggling children. It is also an excellent source for introducing new content and a challenge for students that are excelling academically.

iPads are important to literacy instruction because they are effective devices that aid teachers in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. * The iPad is a hand-held tablet processing tool created by Apple Inc.
* It is roughly the size of a sheet of paper and weighs 1.5 pounds. Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT! There are several Ipad apps for grades K-5
that support literacy instruction. Angela Bunyi (2011) lists a few of these in her blog.

There are apps that support fluency instruction, grammar instruction, comprehension instruction, spelling instruction, sight word instruction, letter name/sound instruction, and phonemic awareness instruction.

Bunyi also makes reference to an app that replaces your whiteboard. Testing in the age of the Ipad Research by Katie Ash (2012) shows that moving assessments onto mobile devices, such as Ipads, may lead to quicker feedback for students and teachers.

In addition to using these devices to gather data, teachers can use the device to get a glimpse into the thought processes of students. According to research done by Bruce D. Perry and Kimberly Moore Kneas (2012), we define technology as children using cameras, computers, tape recorders, and video cameras in classroom projects. The use of technology works well to help children with special needs. If a child has a problem with fine motor skills, a word processor can help ensure assignments will be neat. For children with information processing problems, specialized programs can give them a multimedia presentation to help them better understand and process material.

There are a number of good software programs with an educational focus on reading or math that can challenge children to become better readers and help them learn to solve math problems. References Ash, K. (2012). Rethinking testing in the age of the iPad. Education Week, 5(2), 36-38.

Bunyi, A. (2011, November 7). There’s an app for that: Using iPads to support literacy instruction in the classroom [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/post/there%E2%80%99s-app-using-ipads-support-literacy-instruction-classroom

Caughlan, S. (2008). Advocating for the arts in an age of multiliteracies. Language Arts, 86(2), 120-126.

Murray O. T., & Olcese N. R. (2011). Teaching and learning with iPads, ready or not? Tech Trends, 55(6), 42-48.

Perry, B. D., & Kneas, K. M. (2012). Using technology in the early childhood classroom. Early Childhood Today, 1-4.

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5), 1-6.

Riddle, J. (2009). Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual literacy strategies for the K-5 classroom. Stenhouse Publishers. Images http://www.emergingedtech.com/2011/07/ipads-in-education-implementation-stories-and-lessons-learned-continued/
(YouTube video) Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computers, Listening Centers
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