Sunday, April 04, 2010

Powering Your Classroom with the iPad, Part 2

This is part 2 of the Powering Your Classroom with the iPad series.

Perhaps the most accurate way to assess the particular classroom uses of the iPad is to look through Apple’s PDF manual, “A Guide For Using iPod Touch and iTunes for Teaching and LearningWe can think of the iPad as a larger, faster, and more innovative version of the iPod Touch. Since the iPad will have access to Apple’s App Store, you can download the thousands of educational applications suggested in the iPod Touch teaching and learning manual. For example, there’s the Graphing Calculator app, which enables students to generate bright, rich images of complex equations. For physics and chemistry teachers, the Periodic app provides an interactive platform that will make learning the periodic table easier and more fun.

Besides being hooked up to iTunes and Podcasts, where you’ll be able to download and access documentaries, speeches, and more to enhance your classroom lectures, the iPad also enables you and your students to create and share presentations through Keynote or PowerPoint. With Garage Band, the class can also record narration to go with presentations.

The effective uses of the iPad in the classroom will multiply as educators adapt to this exciting new technology and find ways to innovate their teaching methods accordingly. As Robert Reynolds notes in his article about the iPad’s future in education , the ultimate educational use of the iPad and similar technology will depend entirely on how students respond to it.

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1 comment:

Chloe Andrews said...

I believe that the iPad would satisfy the children when teaching but I have also heard it has some drawbacks. I have heard that it some programs like Adobe Flash do not work on it and in some cases when using the iPad, it would be nice to have programs like that. It would just be more helpful sometimes when teaching something a little more complicated. I also think the kids would enjoy the technology of the iPad. So really, it is a give and take sort of thing.