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An innovative teaching tool in classroom- IPads

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Transcript of An innovative teaching tool in classroom- IPads

The aim of iPads
The rationale behind the use of iPads
The origin of iPads
IPads were first introduced in early 2010 taking education by storm in primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges who are purchasing these tablet computers for both students and teachers use.
It has become an increasingly popular teaching and learning tool with tablet computing being one of the hottest trends for technology adoption at schools in 2013 alongside mobile devices and apps. Some of the features these so called ‘Post-PC’ tablets such as iPads or Google Android device have are:
Operation of iPads in schools
For students:
Creates a way of learning through
3D environments
,
virtual learning atmosphere
and
interactive materials
at the touch of a button.

The iPads allows students to efficiently take notes, brainstorm, do their homework as well as using it as a tool for completing an assessment and they can also access their text books more easily.

It also gives students easy internet access, translation and educational tools and iBooks. Enable students to alter and change their work whenever it is suitable for them no matter where. A huge range of apps also make the iPads more adaptable.

Additionally, it can cater to students of all levels as the educational games usually have different levels including those with special needs, with research showing it helps them communicate easier.
Using iPads as an innovative teaching tool in classrooms
- Mobile OS
-High-resolution touch screens
- Multi-touch finger driven interfaces
- LED backlit
- Well-provisioned apps marketplace
- Rotatable screen
- Broader range of connectivity options including wireless broadband, 3G, 4G, etc
For parents:
Research has shown that parents feel that
children spend more time on their homework with the use of iPads
(Longfield Academy, 2011).

It would also
make communication more easier
between teachers, parents and students, when at school or home as responses can be immediate (not having to wait until it is a school day).

For instance, parents are able to communicate with the teachers if they don't usually pick up their children or if they could not make it for parent interviews; they would be notified on any concerns.
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Clark, W., Luckin, R. (2013). What the research says iPads in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://digitallearningteam.org/2013/03/01/ipads-in-the-classroom-london-knowledge-lab-report/

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Longfield Academy. (2011). The iPad as a tool for education. Retrieved from http://www.naace.co.uk/publications/longfieldipadresearch

Wainwright, A. (2013). 8 studies show iPads in the classroom improve education. Retrieved from http://www.securedgenetworks.com/secure-edge-networks-blog/bid/86775/8-Studies-Show-iPads-in-the-Classroom-Improve-Education




For teachers:
IPads enhances and transforms teaching practices
outside of the traditional methods
by allowing the teacher to
explore more contemporary ways
for students to learn.

Teachers are able to engage in
wider range of learning activities
to routinely occur in the classroom by exploring alternative learning environments and forms of assessment; students can be given
immediate feedback of assessments
.

Promotion of
independent learning
or
differentiate learning
can also be done more easily. Other uses of iPads for teachers are that it is more
convenient to do lesson plans
or weekly plans especially when it is and open planning school taking on a contemporary learning approach as other teachers will be able to access it wherever.

Lastly, it is convenient to communicate with other teachers and it is also handy when it comes to staff meetings to take down notes.
The intended effects/outcomes for users
Students who use iPads are able to create a
stronger spirit of collaboration
as they're all learning how to use the apps to support their instructional goals. As each student's learning ability, pace, style and level of knowledge are all different,
a range of learning activities and interactions
are necessary to further progress their skill since they can't be at a high level doing low level work because the rest of the class is behind, same goes if the situation was reversed; it'd hinder the speed of their learning.

Nevertheless, iPads are handy when it comes to
making learning personalized
for individuals whether it's a tool to aid them or a tool for
making learning fun
and enjoyable, it has everything to develop how students learn and how teachers teach. It also
promotes active learning
with the intention being to help students study and perform better in classes. Children are very big on technology these days and so schools are meeting these ever-changing needs using the iPads as a tool for students to not simply be recipients of information on what they're learning but instead be the ones who are involved and engaged in their learning.





The purpose for using iPads in schools is that it supports and encourages both
independent
and
collaborative learning.


It provides
personalised learning experiences, increases productivity, improves communication skills,
makes learning
interactive
, enables an easy change of the learning environment from

formal to informal

or
personal to social
as well as enhancing
deep learning
for students.

Moreover, it's used to make both learning and teaching
effective and efficient
in ways that weren't previously achievable within the classroom.
Why should we adopt iPads in school rather than the other devices?

1. It's portable-
For example, a science teacher took students on an excursion in which they were able to bring and use the iPads to chart their surroundings.
2. Environmental friendly-
Dramatically cuts down the amount of paper consumed.
3. Reduce funds for the school-
Reduces the costs of having to purchase papers and ink for the printers.
4. Revoltionizes students and teachers access to information-

Having instantaneous access to a range of material not generally available in textbooks or readily accessible.
5. A wide range of available educational apps-
Teachers are able to find one for any subject and students have an unlimited amount of options to learn.

6. As learning resources are being advanced schools need to keep up with it and
give students the best tools possible
to enhance their ability to learn.
7.
Empowers
the
learner
by giving them significant amount of control over their learning.
8. Students would see iPads as a positive thing therefore
engagement and productivity would be high.
9.
Positive attitudes
means more
enthusiastic learning.
References
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