Extending the Classroom with iPads and other Mobile Technology
Though originally dismissed by educators, smart phones, iPods, wireless tablets and iPads are quickly emerging as excellent learning tools for a variety of reasons:
- Digital culture: Technology is pervasive in modern culture and is a staple of youth social interaction. To remove a cell phone from a teenager today is in many ways to disconnect her from her friends and social life and disrupt her daily routines.
- Mobile computing trend of future: As handheld devices (such as iPods, iPads, and tablets) become increasingly powerful, their utility increases. “Smart” phones that can access the Web have become more of the norm in only a few short years, and small web-based and app-based tablet devices are on the rise.
- Flexibility of handhelds: Along with power comes flexibility as cell carriers continue to add features and programs. These tools also provide even more than computing power. They also can serve as digital cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, eBook readers, and much more.
- Portability, ease of use: Cell phones, iPods, and even iPads can go just about anywhere easily.
- Great apps options and growing: And there are many free and low-cost apps that can provide useful applications for the device.
- Great possibilities for integration with Web 2.0: There are many free or low cost websites that can work with a cell phone or other handhelpd device to create a slideshow, podcast, photo gallery, video, and more.
iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops the Classroom
Recently, iPads have taken center-stage in schools looking to move towards 1-to-1 learning environments or mobile platforms.
For a curated list of apps for any mobile device resources organized by learning objectives, check out our App Recommendations.
To learn more about iPads in the Classroom check our eBooks:
- iPads in the Classroom: From Curation and Consumption to Creation:
- Written by EdTechTeacher and iPad Summit co-founders, Tom Daccord and Justin Reich, through interviews with leading iPad educators from around the world. This ebook (Introduction is free to download) outlines the best practices and approaches for integration iPads into the classroom to enhance student learning.
- What Does Awesome Look Like? An iPad Activity Book by Teachers for Teachers
- With so many great ideas being shared by iPad educators, EdTechTeacher compiled these lesson plans into one FREE ebook. They are also seeking ideas for future volumes. Find out how you can contribute and download all the editions at ettipad.org/awesome.
- OR Subscribe to our friend, Paul Hamilton’s iPad Monthly Newsletter
- The iPad Monthly Newsletter is a quick, cost effective way of providing practical ways of integrating these powerful tools into the classroom.Paul is an Apple Distinguished Educator in Australia and for a small fee per year receive creative and innovative ideas for using iPads in the classroom, straight to your mailbox.