so after months of prep the day has come. On Tuesday I have to start using the iPad in all my classes. I would be lying to sy I have no concerns. Just how do you get twenty six year olds to use the iPad in a synchronized manner?The first day will be all about the iPad use rules in the classroom.i have a fair amount of "special " students in all the three grade levels I teach and I have my reservations about how they will keep up with the rest of the class.I expecting to have a few headaches this term.
Why the concerns?
What software will be used? Is there any specialized software your school requires?
Have your students use the iPad as a tool to create content/or to look it up.
I would spend the first 1-2 classes just helping the students get familiarized with the tool, and tips and tricks on how to use it well, smarter, and better.
(for example the way to use fast app switching, the gestures to swipe the screen to switch running apps, the way to access the multi-tasking menu, the way to copy/paste, the way to manually find and connect to WiFi networks, how to print (if your network supports printing) - that kind of stuff.
I don't have the answer. Sorry.
I would really be interested in how it goes for you though. Could you give updates on the progress of your classes?
Best of luck to you.
These Thais seem to believe that the one tablet per child program is quite flawed. They seem to disagree with it as a whole.
BTW, I didn't gather this from their dialog, but from the typed summary at the end. I had no idea what they were talking about.
I'd really like to hear AjarnErica's opinion on the matter.
I will keep you updated for sure. seeing as the iPad can record vids I may try and get an iPad class recorded for feedback and advice.
You have my full support. Tough gig you have. Me I'll be carrying on trying to teach my 6 years old how to read.
Perhaps you can pair a 'special' student with a more advanced student to help them out if necessary.
I found this on the internet of '103 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom' and thought it could give you some ideas. I had no idea that you could do so much with an iPad. You can get the students to make a blog, read, make music, as a whiteboard, make a movie, etc...
I used a friend's iPad recently to record a ceremony and was impressed with the quality of the movie (in HD/resolution).
I'd be equally interested to hear from any Android using teachers, how are *they* using the Android tablets in a school environment.
Set up a series of cooperative learning groups where people in the group have specific roles ie different jobs input/output etc (choose according to capacity)usally ends up in shit fight of me pleading with dangling carrots of a 10 minute free for all game session ......Lucky the school downloaded heaps of learning games (grin)
First update time! Today was a day of laying down the rules for my classes. I spent a lot of time making sure the children were able to collect and put back ther iPads in an ordered manner. The last thing I need is a load of chaos and broken iPads. I was surprised how easy it was to mange my p2 class as they can be a total zoo. Zthe iPad seemed to sedate them somewhat and transfix them. Second task was to change some setting so the screen in locked in portrait mode when we read an iBook. Even my special students managed this;the lazy ones did not,though. The vast majority of students had spent some time over the weekend using the iBooks do they already knew how to navigate it.
the only hiccup today was the behavior of two of my students. I made them put their iPads away and write lines.oldskool.
in short today went a lot better the. I thought it would.The other problem with the iPad is typing on it. too easy to make silly mistakes!
I fuly understand the "silly mistakes" typing on the touch screen kaypad. I have a terrible time with any touchscreen set up seeing that i have the build of an NFL lineman or the "enforcer" on a rugby team. My fongers always seem to cover more than one "key", even on a standard "old school" keyboard. But some of the things "auto correct" comes up with can be entertaining.
Please keep updating how things go with the iPad classes.