I'm excited the cart is designed for both charging and syncing. I can only imagine how challenging it would be to sync an entire classroom set of iPads one at a time! My principal and I discussed possible iPad use in Science this past week. I think a cart like this may provide some excellent opportunities for classroom applications.
If you could use a classroom set of iPads, how would you have students use them?
I have not spent a lot of time investigating the IPAD or apps that can be used on it since I do not own one and the county in which I work does not want to support it in any of the schools . . . what a disservice to the students. I hope that I can continue to learn through the community from all of you.
We are going to pilot a set for a 5th grade class this upcoming school year. I will share what I find and what benefits there are to using iPads vs. netbooks or laptops. I purchased a keyboard for mine and have used it a few times for taking notes. I downloaded the Diigo toolbar for iPad and now can bookmark with highlights any web pages I find when surfing. I think this will be the greatest benefit to students. It's small, light and boots quickly for student use. I let several 5th graders explore it last year after testing and they were totally engaged and were learning things I didn't know about it. And, they don't seem to mind scrolling on web pages.
Good new! I found out Friday, that through a grant, we will be getting a classroom set of IPADs to run a pilot program in one of our middle schools. I will need to get suggestions from those of you who have been experimenting with it for a while. Please post suggestions for activities and strategies for use in the classroom!
Attached you will find a list of iPad/iPod apps that were put together at the Discovery Institute this past summer. You can also find teacher reviews of education apps at www.iear.org.
Discovery Education just launched a new iPad-optimized version of its streaming platform. If you’re already a subscriber, you can access it right now using your current DE login information. Visit http://mobile.discoveryeducation.com and you will gain access to more than 33,000 videos that are available to stream immediately, and have been digitized specifically for the iPad’s incredible screen.
Discovery Education’s iPad web app is focused on student exploration of video clips covering all core, K-12 curriculum areas.
Additional features of the Discovery Education web app include:
* A new browse function allowing users to search two level deep on a given subject from the home page
* Touch navigation for scrolling through search results and player pages
* A refined design providing students access to the best content in a manner that is native to the tablet form factor and touch interface
* The ability to filter search results by subject, which helps users view content by criteria including most popular, recently added or best match
I also plan on attending a Apple sponsored event on iPads this week. I'll share any groundbreaking new information here
I attended a Leadership Council webinar this afternoon on the new Discovery mobile app. I still have some confusion on how it is actually an "app," but it is wonderful to be able to watch the resources online on the crystal clear ipad interface.
I am fortunate to have full access to the Discovery products, but wonder how others might be thinking of using this in their classrooms...
How is it working for you?
I can definitely see a wide variety of uses for the ipad in the classroom, but most of them focus on the consumer aspect of the ipad (accessing media online, watching videos, interacting with websites, etc.). I am curious to hear if anyone has tried to use an ipad in the classroom as a producer (creating documents, presentations, etc.)
I am excited to see Verizon pick up the ipad, that will make that technology available to our rural district. The part that intrigues me the most is the contracts that Apple is arranging with text book companies. For our district, purchasing books is a major bite in a budget. Wouldn't it be nice to give everyone a $400 ipad, with the district having a contract with a book company. Every year, then, students get the latest book, not a ten year old text. Not only that, it would be interactive with web links and I am sure the creative science community would create interactive lab sites where multiple schools could participate in research or studies. Makes me think twice about retirement.
I did not see the notice about Apple working with the textbook companies. I like the idea of a current and updated textbook in student hands. I recently spoke with my principal and asked him about using textbook monies for electronic versions that could be used on laptops or iPads. He is excited about it and was going to see about getting approval. I want to see what can be done with an iPad or laptop in a student's hands than anyone ever accomplishes with printed texts.
What would it take to persuade administrators, district personal, IT people, as well as government officials how effective an iPad can be in student hands?
Very Excellent Point!!! I was playing with an Ipad over the weekend and I don't know that it has product development capabilities necessary for student engagement!! I think it has unique apps and a host of cool things to play with!!! I'm not sold yet for the classroom!!!