Get Started

Best Parental Control Solution for Your Family Devices

Start Free Trial

Creating Active Learners

SHAILA on April 19, 2013

This article is the second in a series on Effective Implementation of iPads in Classrooms. See Part 1 here.

Technology in the classroomiPads are not Computers

Trying to replace the computer with an iPad is another mistake schools commonly make, says Tom Daccord, while speaking about mistakes schools make in deploying iPads in their classrooms.  
 
You must never think an iPad as a computer replacement; rather it complements computers. If you do so, you will only be dissatisfied for your iPad cannot function like a computer. Meanwhile you will miss out on all the benefits the tablet has for you. 
 
The iPad is a mobile learning device in the true sense of the phrase. Encourage your students to make audio-visual recordings or take subject related photographs wherever possible. Use this gadget to add life to your teaching and turn your students into active learners. 

Create Active Learners

If you are a History teacher, take your children on a virtual tour of ancient cities. If Math is your subject then screen cast problem solving. Come up with fresh ideas. iPads are best used creatively. You can never engage your students as well by standing before them and explaining the facts. Monologues bore.

iPads are not Multi-User Devices

Many schools try to implement one-tablet-per-child policy, but availability of funds restrains them. So they follow the next best option of sharing iPads across users. If your school is currently following this strategy, you may be aware that it’s somewhat of a nightmare to deal with. 
 
A better option would be, says Tom, to select a few pilot classrooms and allocate the iPads to those students for an entire year. This has another advantage. You can weed out shortcomings, monitor the success rate, and add more iPads in future while following the practices that suit you best. Or you can also support the 'Bring Your Own Device' model, which are both better than deploying shared iPads among students.
 
To be continued...
 
Shaila is a blogger at Mobicip - the most popular internet filter for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini, Android-based tablets and smartphones, Kindle Fire, and Windows laptops. Shaila loves to write about mobile learning and the impact of technology and the internet on family, school and business.
 
Photo credit: dbostrom / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

 

Recent Blogs

‘Finsta’ Is On The Rise. What Should You Do About It?

Finsta, or Fake Insta, is a fake Instagram account created mostly by teens. It’s not to be confused with a secondary or business Instagram account. Finsta is simply a secret account teens use to share images with a smaller and more tightly knit audience. (If you guessed that you, the parent, would n

How To Kickstart A Digital Plan That Works For Your Family

If you feel that the emotional distance between you and your children is ever growing, then you are not alone. This distance can largely be attributed to how smartphones and social media have taken over our children’s lives. For parents of digital natives, this baffling problem is new and seemingly

8 Educational Websites Your Kids Will Love to Use

In the modern world, internet access is available to billions of people, which also means information on any given topic is available in abundance. But the issue remains: What is the legitimacy of the source that you're gathering information from and how can you be sure you can trust it?With the new

Teen Lingo You Should Know!

The way teenagers communicate seems to be evolving all the time with a slew of new words being added to their vocabulary almost every other day. We know that it might be hard for you, as members of the previous generation, to understand how your children communicate these days. That’s why we have cr

How Apple's AirDrop Feature Can be Misused For Cyber Flashing

Cyber flashing is when an explicit or inappropriate media file is sent to your phone anonymously and without your permission. This is most common with iPhone users, using an application called AirDrop, which allows anyone within 30 feet of them to send images and other media files as long as their A