Effective Implementation of iPads in Your Classroom

SHAILA on April 18, 2013

How do you measure the success rate of a project that is just taking wing? I’m talking about 1:1 learning implementations of iPads in class-rooms. 

iPad classroomMany schools are investing heavily in such mobile learning projects and are working towards providing a tablet for every child. But whether the technology effectively enhances classroom learning is something we have look at. 

 
You can effectively implement anything by trial and error or by profiting from the experience of others. Early implementers had no option other than trial and error. But if you are a late comer then you have the distinct advantage of benefiting from others’ experience. We have therefore summarised a few common mistakes schools make while integrating iPads in their classrooms so that you as an educator can avoid these pitfalls. 
 
The slips were initially identified by Tom Daccord in his article, 5 Critical Mistakes Schools make with iPads (And How to correct them.) Being an EdTech Teacher himself, he has first hand experience professionally in helping schools integrate iPads into class room learning. According to Tom, one of the first mistakes educators make is seeking content on an iPad.

The Lure of Content Apps 

The iPad is a learning tool and one must source subject content either from the web or from the classroom. Teachers who seek subject-specific apps run the risk of forgetting the real advantages an iPad offers.    
 
Stating this case in point, Tom mentions a Latin teacher who said the iPad was useless for he could not find a proper Latin app. This teacher probably didn’t realise that it’s possible to record his students speaking Latin using Voice Thread, or use various other apps like Socrative for conducting a quiz or Explain Everything for a grammar tutorial. 
 
Tom says that when he conducts “iPads in the Classroom,” a summer workshop at Harvard University, he does not introduce subject apps at all. Rather they work on training teachers in classroom management of iPads.      

Classroom Management

Many schools simply hand over iPads to their students and assume teachers will figure out how to use it. They fail to realise that teachers may be good at trying out a few apps on the gadget, but when it comes to classroom implementation, it’s a different ball game altogether. Educators need help. Even basics like sharing material, collecting, grading and passing back student work can prove difficult for them.
 
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.
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