Improving education through iPads in the classroom Jillian Miller and Ryan Mackenzie
A little bit of background on us Ryan has been involved in the tech industry for several years now and worked as a Mac Specialist at an Apple Store. He also was the tech specialist for a small defense contractor. Jillian is a current teacher at a local elementary school and incorporates technology in her classroom daily.
KWL What do you know about iPads in the classroom?-How are they used? What do you want to know about incorporating iPads in the classroom?
What is an iPad? An iPad is a tablet device that allows users to interact with the device using gestures. 9.7 inch screen 10+ hour battery life 16 gb + storage capacity 1.33 lbs .34 inch thin
Why choose an iPad over a laptop? All day battery life Instant on Easier sharing of information Unique methods of interacting Lighter Smaller which allow great visibility in the room Cheaper More durable
Research Learning and teaching with mobile technologies has been evolving from small-scale to institution-wide implementations, as the availability of mobile devices has challenged educators as to how to use these emerging technologies to support learning (Naismith, Lonsdale, Vavoula, & Sharples, 2006) These handheld devices, which can include mobile devices, personal digital assistants (PDA), and handheld computers (handheld PCs) have been introduced into classrooms in recent years. These devices are referred to as “mobile technologies.” Within this field, a term “mobile learning” is used to describe any learning activities utilizing these mobile technologies. The low cost, availability of software, and convenience of handheld computers have encouraged educators to develop and use handhelds for teaching, learning, and assessment (Gladhart, Topp, Elder, Pownell, & Brahier, 2003)
Research The purpose of this study was to examine whether or not handheld computers can be credited with increasing student achievement in spelling and in developing testing skill in mathematics.
iPads in use today Belton ISD- video link NY Chicago Jackson Middle School in San Antonio receives $4,975 from HEB to incorporate into the science classroom
iPad apps Access to iTunes app store with over 65,000 iPad specific apps 8,897 Education Apps as of 4/21/11 7,090 paid 2,045 free App Store Volume Purchase Program through Apple-if school purchases more then 20 apps they can receive adiscount from the developer
iResponse Allows teachers to quickly quiz or test their students on material Easy setup Gives and logs statistics by student and class Notifies teacher if student leaves application Inexpensive: $.99 on app store per iPad Pro version allows for full tests with the ability to set a time limit and take home version. controller app for mac / pc is free
E-reading on an iPad Ability to access millions of books at an instant Instead of carrying many heavy books they carry 1 iPad More then just literature the books allow for students to interact with the material. (videos, dictionary) Updates come faster and cheaper then purchasing new books Ability to search, bookmark and annotate Ability to jump right to a certain section
E-reading continued Ability to adjust text size or font Look up word definitions with one click
Podcasts iTunes U: podcasts from universities on a wide variety of topics-Texas centric podcasts for k-12 Ability to subscribe and listen to various video or audio podcasts
Revisiting the KWL What have you learned about iPads in the classroom? Via iPad, laptop or smart phone get on www.todaysmeet.com/edtechconference2011
ReferencesGladhart, M., Topp, N., Elder, L., Pownell, D., & Brahier, B. (2003). Handheld as an assessment tool, II. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 2003 (p. 1), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chesapeake, VA: Education Information Technology Digital Library.Naismith, L., Lonsdale, P., Vavoula, G., & Sharples, M. (2006). Literature review in mobile technologies and learning. Retrieved from January 18, 2010 http://www.futurelab.org.uk/ research/reviews/reviews_11_and12/11_01.htmWua, J. and Zhangb, Y. (2010) Examining potentialities of handheld technology in students’ academic attainments. Educational Media International Vol. 47, No. 1, March 2010, 57–67