Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.
Just a couple of short years ago, the presence of tablets in schools was an exceptional phenomenon. This year, as students across the country go back to school, the presence of tablets is far more common in classrooms. Here are the top-rated devices for education and a look what's distinct about each one.
The famous rivalry between Google and Apple is finding its way into schools, and Google is looking to dethrone the famous iPad with its new Google Play for Education, a suite of apps and management tools that will be available to teachers and students this fall.
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study. Here are ideas on how to use iPads to create and document in order to cement what students are learning.
In this thoughtful piece about how to frame the conversation around education and tablets, a discussion of what technology can’t do and what it can. “I am not saying that the iPad is the solution to everything—not at all—I am suggesting that we should not be thinking about iPads that way from the beginning. Think … Continue reading Good Read: iPads – A Tool, Not Alchemy, for Education →
Lenny Gonzales By Terry Heick When it comes to deciding how or whether to use iPads, schools typically focus on budget issues, apps, networking logistics, check-in and check-out procedures, school and district tech-use policies, hardware precautions, and aspects of classroom management. But it’s also important to think about instructional use, and to that end, consider … Continue reading 10 Important Questions To Ask Before Using iPads in Class →
Flickr: Lexie Flickinger By Matt Levinson As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks … Continue reading Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools →
Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Matt Levinson For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some … Continue reading 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class →
Promethean By Lillian Mongeau In the race to develop the classroom of the future, tech giant Promethean has taken another step forward this year with a new product called ActivTable. Think iPad on four legs. The newest gadget is the latest in Promethean’s range of interactive classroom products—smart boards, classroom response systems that resemble game … Continue reading An iPad on Legs: Is ActivTable the Next Interactive Whiteboard? →
Learning from her successes and shortcomings, e-Learning Laura offers some important key ideas to keep in mind when using iPads in class. Source: Elearninglaura Here are six pieces of advice I would pass on to anyone leading the Teaching and Learning side of an iPad deployment. I’ve learned as much from our successes as our … Continue reading Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class →
As Apple pushes out its new education products, new information about whether using the iPad gives students an advantage over using print books is starting to surface. Results from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s year-long study comparing students using the publisher’s iPad algebra app are in from Amelia Earhart school in Riverside, Calif., and it’s largely positive, … Continue reading Study Shows Algebra iPad App Improves Scores in One School →