The iPad As a Language Learning Tool Presented By Alphonse BADOMA WALDEN UNIVERSITY EDUC – 8841 COURSE
The four stages of an innovation development 1. need 2. Research 3. Development 4. Commercialization
NEED I am proposing to use the iPad tablet to teach and learn languages because it relieves the department from buying costly equipment for the language laboratory. Each student would have his own device onto which the language application would have been installed. Step by step, learners would complete each lesson following the guidance of their instructor. The iPad is light and can be used anywhere, anytime providing learners with the opportunity to practice any of the skills required in learning a new language.
Research Hello-Hello, a company that develops language learning programs experimented with the applications designed to work on the iPad and the result is that this device offers a new way to learn languages. Not only students are provided with authentic and real-life materials, they also have access to native speakers of the target language through a dedicated social network. Learners can practice through interactions with native speakers. In addition, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recommends the use of the iPad because it provides learners with authentic materials.
Development My innovation is intended for both language teachers and learners. The main problem is the price of the iPad. Knowing that everyone would keep it at the end of the course would encourage them to buy it. They will be able to use it for other purposes as well.
S-CURVE The first version of the iPad was made available to the public in April 2010. Within a few months, millions of devices were sold worldwide. The improved version, the iPad 2 has known the same rate of approval from a variety of cutomers. Many actors in the educational field are adopting the new device for schooling because it can help cut down the expenses involved in textbook purchase.
COMMERCIALIZATION The first iPad was commercialized in april 2010. It was designed by Apple. I think that most of the devices produced by this American company are manufactured in Taiwan. According to sources on the Internet, 14.8 million iPads were sold in one year. The iPad 2 was launched in April 2011. It was made to improve the first version which was slow and lacked some of the features that would allow users to really appreciate it as a powerful computer. More and more schools have decided to use the iPad instead of having their students buy paper-based textbooks, they would provide the learners with electronic books downloaded on this device. The iPad can help reduce the production of paper-based documents, thus catering for the environment.