Making the Case for Tablets in your Library


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Presentation for the American Association of School Librarians national conference, 2013. Case studies of tablet computers in your libraries and classrooms.

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Making the Case for Tablets in your Library

  1. 1. Fabulous Tablets in your Library Heather Moorefield-Lang
  2. 2. A Little Tablet History
  3. 3. Image Courtesy of Rosetta Stone
  4. 4. Okay that may be too old
  5. 5. The Telautograph Patented in 1888, the telautograph, is considered the precursor to the fax machine and to the modern tablet computer. The machine uses an electrical stylus-type device to create handwritten messages that can be sent from one station to another.
  6. 6. The Dynabook Image from Conceptualized by computer scientist Alan Kay in 1968, the Dynabook was intended to be an educational tool to be used by children. Interestingly, Kay, who is involved with One Laptop per Child, has inspired the development of an under-$100 OLPC tablet, the XO-3: Visit One Laptop per Child for more information:
  7. 7. The Apple Bashful Image from In 1983, Apple dreamed up the Bashful, an early tablet-like computer that never made it to the market. The photos of these prototypes were only revealed in 2011, after Apple’s actual success with a tablet product!
  8. 8. The GRiDPad Image from In 1988, the GRiDPad was released. The touchscreen worked on a handwriting-recognition system that was used in Palm devices. Palm Computing was later founded by the GRiDPad’s creator, Jeff Hawkins. A GRiDPad cost $2,370, and was mainly used by professionals in healthcare and law enforcement.
  9. 9. The Apple Newton The Apple Newton , although it may look like a precursor to the iPad, was actually one of the first personal digital assistants (PDA) on the market. That term—personal digital assistant—was actually coined by Apple’s CEO (at the time) John Sculley. The Apple Newton was 4.5 X 7 in., and weighed nearly a pound.
  10. 10. The MS Tablet PC The MS Tablet PC, like the one pictured here, started shipping in 2002. This is the image that many think of when they hear the term “tablet computer.” Really, it’s simply a laptop with a swivel screen. These machines ran Windows XP Tablet PC edition, and included pen-enabled, handwriting-enabled, and speech- enabled applications.
  11. 11. The iPad 2010: Steve Jobs unveils the new “touchscreen tablet” that renews the way that consumers view and use “tablet” computers. While the first generation iPad had a few issues--no camera and no multitasking--the iPad re-envisioned personal computing, and led to the boom in touchscreen tablets that we currently see.Image from
  12. 12. Now Lets Talk about Your Tablets
  13. 13. So You’ve Decided to Manage Tablets? Photo courtesy of
  14. 14. Or
  15. 15. Your County Has Purchased Tablets and you get to Manage Them! Photo Courtesy of
  16. 16. Common Questions Asked • How do I circulate? • How long? • To whom? • Do I circulate them separately? • Do they circulate as a class set? • Do they stay in house? • Can they leave the building? • What should I circulate? • Which apps should be standard? • Do I allow students/teachers to download their apps? • Do I make them wi-fi accessible? • Do I lock them down?
  17. 17. At What Level Am I Using the Technology? Image courtesy of, Ruben R. Puentedura's Weblog
  18. 18. Case Studies
  19. 19. iPad and QR Barcode Library Tour Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  20. 20. VT Newman Library Image courtesy of
  21. 21. • Ten iPads that can be checked out at the library circulation desk for library tours • Students can use library iPads or their own handheld devices • Screencasts on each section of the library • Numbered QR Barcodes linked to screencasts • Barcodes are scannable • iPad scans code and tells student about that part of the library • Beautiful in its simplicity Tours
  22. 22. • Tours are so popular that faculty/library led tours that were offered up until last year have now been cancelled • Students now take these tours instead • 2,000 tours taken in Fall, 2012 alone
  23. 23. So this is just one example using QR and other types of Scan-able Codes
  24. 24. 4D Anatomy
  25. 25. TouchCast
  26. 26. School Library: Montlieu Academy of Technology High Point, NC
  27. 27. Image courtesy of Montlieu Academy of Technology
  28. 28. • Montlieu: Given half million dollars for all of their students, approximately 430 students, to have an iPad. There is additional funding for following years. • They stay at school. But in 2012 4th and 5th were able to take them home. • Teachers each got an iPad and a Mac Book Pro as well as a cart for charging. Received technology during the summer to train • Tech Person hired full time for training and trouble shooting Grant
  29. 29. Image courtesy of Montlieu Academy of Technology
  30. 30. • Facetime to read books from another room • Facetime to speak to class when teacher is not at school that day • Digital pen pals using Facetime with other schools across the country or world • Letters Learning for Letters • Doodle Buddy for letters • Take screenshots of work to show parents for parent/teacher conferences Examples of Use in Classrooms
  31. 31. • Staff meet every quarter and share apps. Have to “sell” your app. The best apps get purchased for the educators. • Teacher Pal App: Seating arrangements, picture of the child, information on each child. Very useful for substitutes. • Differentiated instruction for the children. 21st Century learning skills and Technology skills for the teachers. Professional Development For Teachers
  32. 32. A Few other Apps….
  33. 33. Class Dojo
  34. 34. Nearpod
  35. 35. Electric Slide
  36. 36. Courtesy of
  37. 37. Photo courtesy of Place it by Breezi and AASL Best Apps
  38. 38. Photo courtesy of Place it by Breezi and AASL Best Apps
  39. 39. Circulating iPads Liberty Middle School Ashland, Virginia
  40. 40. • 12 iPads that stay in the library for teacher circulation • Two rolling carts with 30 iPads each for classroom use • One cart stays complete with 30 while the other cart can be broken up for smaller groups and classes.
  41. 41. • Librarian has an online reserve system • Every iPad has a barcode for circulation stats • Tablets are due on the 15th and 30th of the month regardless of checkout date • Teacher check out only at this time • Student can use “blue tickets” for in-class use of iPads. Students collect these at school through a behavior incentive
  42. 42. What is Happening in Your Library?
  43. 43. Questions for Later • Heather Moorefield-Lang • • @actinginthelib
  44. 44. Don’t Forget your Apps Bookmark