iPads in the Classroom are Changing the Face of Education



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iPads are definitely changing the face of education! This is my second year using iPads in my Title I school and my fifth graders are engaged and productive everyday. Check out my blog on using iPads in the classroom: ClassTechTips.com



The article presents a reasonable analysis of the benefits of the iPad in education. However, I sometimes question Apple's commitment to education, or at least I question their implementation. I've completed two deployments of iPads for education - one for a three student homeschool, and another for a 30 student one-for-one K-8 private school. From that perspective, the one question that continually arises is... why does Apple treat deployment and device management with such lack of seriousness?

I won't air our the list of issues I've had with management tools, but deploying configurations and applications, securing devices and settings, etc. has provided more pain than I ever would have anticipated from an Apple product. Hopefully, Apple can rectify the issues, come up with a more robust MDM/Profile Management solution, and tweak the VPP to accommodate smaller schools, among other things.



What is shown in this article is the implementation of a technology where there was none, or very little, before. It is not a good overview of what has taken place in Maine with technology.

As a Maine middle school teacher and a user of technology in the classroom, it would be interesting for someone to do a comparison of the use of laptops v.s. iPads in Maine middle school classrooms. The laptop has been an incredibly powerful tool since the one-to-one implementation at this level. The force of this tool has been what teachers and students can create versus the "sit and get" of on-line books and activities that can be reproduced as APPS. Laptops are being used as tools for real-world applications.

Choose your profession, be it programmer, writer, engineer, scientist, etc. Can an iPad take the place of your full functioning laptop? I don't know the answer to that but that is want needs to be investigated before switching our technology over to an iPad.

Yes, interactive books and apps have their place, but they are not the end all of technology in the classroom. Also, there are many, many incredible interactive applications on the Internet, already, that can not be used on an iPad due to the lack of JAVA capabilities. Included in this are a number of organizations with which my students interact, supplying online data and comments with which iPads don't work.

I know my preschool son has enjoyed the many learning applications of an iPad and there are some great apps out there. But as a production tool? I have my doubts. Just typing a story/essay, a lengthy email to a parent, or even this response would be painful. (Even with the accompanying keyboard..which I have.)

The iPad, to me, is a great supplemental tool but I don't think it should replace a full functioning laptop.

I am looking for a true comparison and happy to be educated on this topic!



I've been using the iPad since day one in personal, corporate, and academic environments. My analysis is this...

For content consumption and aggregation, the iPad has no peer, with the exception of Flash content, which I won't use even on a regular computer.

For content creation, your mileage may vary. iMovie and Avid provide good, but not great video production tools. I blog almost exclusively from my iPad. I've written articles and essays using Pages, and done corporate Keynote presentations that were created and shown directly from the iPad.

But there are obvious caveats such as CAD/CAM, software compilation, and the like. If it requires intense processing to create, you need more than an iPad.



Is it just me or are all these kids future candidates for spinal problems? No wonder no one stands up straight and looks each other in the eye anymore. And as we worship it, the technology just keeps drawing us closer...and closer...and closer. Isn't that right...my precious...

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