iPads in the classroom

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    Nov 24, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    What do people think of iPads and tablets in the classroom?

    I think its a good thing, when used properly of course. I think technology gives us more resources to learn more efficiently.

    I know some people argue that it's making people less intelligent because we rely on them...but what do you think?
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    Nov 24, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    Based on what I've read and based on feedback from my friends who have kids in school with iPads.. It's all a money making scheme. Apple gets a ton of cash selling gear and services, and school district members get kickbacks from Apple sales reps for making it all happen.
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    Nov 24, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    We should go back to slide rules and little individual chalk boards.
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    Nov 24, 2013 11:48 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidWe should go back to slide rules and little individual chalk boards.
    Those were the original iPads. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    OP - give us an example or several examples on how iPads are "a good thing when used properly." And I'm not talking about for little kids where iPads can be used for their development; rather, provide examples with high school and collegiate students and how the technology can help them advance their education.
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    Nov 25, 2013 6:29 AM GMT
    As a graduate student, I am thankful now that some of my textbooks are on my Ipad, especially one of my regulatory books. I can easily access it during my time and read it a couple of chapters, etc. It is more convenient than hauling the old weight of a book.icon_biggrin.gif It depends on how technology is used, but to me its a more convenient and easy access than before and its back-up via the icloud if something were to happen.
  • Apparition

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    Nov 25, 2013 6:33 AM GMT
    personally i dont think there should be electronics in the classroom for basic stuff at all. All <18 year old classes should have one curriculum in the country, in one textbook for all subjects and not really change year to year.
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    Nov 25, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
    Also, one thing to note is that some school districts are requiring a security deposit for ipads. The deposit ranges from $100 - $400. Ouch.
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    Nov 25, 2013 2:23 PM GMT
    I taught US history and political science in junior & senior high school. Every student had a MacBook on WiFi for certain of my lessons, such as times when I wanted them to check current events, news items, and specific resource sites.

    They worked very well, sort of an encyclopedia at every desk. Naturally the school's server had inappropriate sites blocked, and I monitored them to prevent private emailing, gaming, and other personal social uses.

    I would imagine an iPad would function much the same way.
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    Nov 25, 2013 2:24 PM GMT
    I have a mobile ipad lab of 25 ipads. I think they are a great resource to enhance a class.
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    Nov 25, 2013 2:26 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidI hope they're teaching math with an abacus app.


    I wish.

    I actually have students that have never been taught how to tell time on a traditional clock with hands. They have to have a digital clock.

    I actually had a student cry one time when I asked her what four divided by two was. She said it wasn't fair to ask her that without a calculator.

    This was a girl in her mid 20's.
  • New_Life

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    Nov 25, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    I taught in a high school where every teacher and student had an iPad.
    Pros:
    It was a Title 1 school and most students didn't take text books home but the iPad went with them everywhere...therefore more homework was completed.
    Teachers would video tape their lesson in advance step by step for students who missed class or needed a review because they didn't understand.
    The iPads bring out unbelievable creativity in student projects, especially those who are normally too shy to stand up in class and present.
    Cons:
    Monitoring their activity during class...games, instant messages and You Tube watching.
    Overall...iPads are an amazing tool in the classroom!
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    Nov 25, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    Our deposit was $50
  • madsexy

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    Nov 25, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    TheQuest said
    Shawnathan saidI hope they're teaching math with an abacus app.


    I wish.

    I actually have students that have never been taught how to tell time on a traditional clock with hands. They have to have a digital clock.

    I actually had a student cry one time when I asked her what four divided by two was. She said it wasn't fair to ask her that without a calculator.

    This was a girl in her mid 20's.

    This is no joke. I started my MBA with a guy who graduated cum laude from a good university and literally had no concept of numbers outside of his computer or calculator. He couldn't add or subtract without the devices, much less do multiplication or division. But worse, he had no relative perception of numbers. Good thing he got blown out of the MBA-Finance path or we'd have another Enron looming!
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    Nov 25, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    madsexy said
    TheQuest said
    Shawnathan saidI hope they're teaching math with an abacus app.


    I wish.

    I actually have students that have never been taught how to tell time on a traditional clock with hands. They have to have a digital clock.

    I actually had a student cry one time when I asked her what four divided by two was. She said it wasn't fair to ask her that without a calculator.

    This was a girl in her mid 20's.

    This is no joke. I started my MBA with a guy who graduated cum laude from a good university and literally had no concept of numbers outside of his computer or calculator. He couldn't add or subtract without the devices, much less do multiplication or division. But worse, he had no relative perception of numbers. Good thing he got blown out of the MBA-Finance path or we'd have another Enron looming!


    Try finding one to employ, they just don't get how time consuming it is to always have to have a device of some kind in order to perform basic tasks.
  • somedaytoo

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    Nov 25, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    Surface is a better choice.
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    Nov 25, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    only typical mind thinks such ways...ipads #sad

    I would implement "Kindle in the classrooms" it's a lot more beneficial than any other Pads or tablet out there.


    The new Kindle HDX would do well.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    Har19 saidonly typical mind thinks such ways...ipads #sad

    I would implement "Kindle in the classrooms" it's a lot more beneficial than any other Pads or tablet out there.

    The new Kindle HDX would do well.

    What are your teaching credentials in the US schools system, to make this statement regarding which platform performs the best in a classroom environment? Because it's not only a matter of the devices themselves, but also the entire educational ecosystem in which they operate.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Har19 saidonly typical mind thinks such ways...ipads #sad

    I would implement "Kindle in the classrooms" it's a lot more beneficial than any other Pads or tablet out there.

    The new Kindle HDX would do well.

    What are your teaching credentials in the US schools system, to make this statement regarding which platform performs the best in a classroom environment? Because it's not only a matter of the devices themselves, but also the entire educational ecosystem in which they operate.
    I think he is just saying the new Kindle looks and in some opinions is better than the Ipad...
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
    Even though I'm a believer in the need for equal access and in the benefits of digital literacy, I think they're probably smoke-and-mirrors in many (most?) classrooms: a way for students to think they're learning, and for teachers to think they're teaching. Jus' sayin'.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    ART_DECO said
    Har19 saidonly typical mind thinks such ways...ipads #sad

    I would implement "Kindle in the classrooms" it's a lot more beneficial than any other Pads or tablet out there.

    The new Kindle HDX would do well.

    What are your teaching credentials in the US schools system, to make this statement regarding which platform performs the best in a classroom environment? Because it's not only a matter of the devices themselves, but also the entire educational ecosystem in which they operate.
    I think he is just saying the new Kindle looks and in some opinions is better than the Ipad...

    I understand, but the topic is academic application, not personal prefs and non-academic uses.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    novo saidEven though I'm a believer in the need for equal access and in the benefits of digital literacy, I think they're probably smoke-and-mirrors in many (most?) classrooms: a way for students to think they're learning, and for teachers to think they're teaching. Jus' sayin'.


    Are you a teacher? Do you have any ideas on how they can be used better in the classroom?

    One reason they are becoming more popular is because the cost of printed textbooks is so high. I would rather a student be able to use an e-book - on whatever digital device and not have to spend $500 for a book for one class.
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    RadRTT said
    ART_DECO said
    Har19 saidonly typical mind thinks such ways...ipads #sad

    I would implement "Kindle in the classrooms" it's a lot more beneficial than any other Pads or tablet out there.

    The new Kindle HDX would do well.

    What are your teaching credentials in the US schools system, to make this statement regarding which platform performs the best in a classroom environment? Because it's not only a matter of the devices themselves, but also the entire educational ecosystem in which they operate.
    I think he is just saying the new Kindle looks and in some opinions is better than the Ipad...

    I understand, but the topic is academic application, not personal prefs and non-academic uses.
    Thats real jock for ya
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    Taking the all american approach will kill.

    The US educational infrastructure already exists. Those classrooms will not change overnight.The question here was iPads in THOSE classrooms, not in future classrooms, nor in Canadian classrooms.

    And rather than discussing an "all American" approach, I rather think your problem is in instantly taking a hostile anti-US approach.

    Apple products of all types work very well in US classrooms because Apple has always focused on academic applications, from the very beginning of the company. Somebody touting Kindles or other devices because of their own agenda & prejudices does not necessarily translate to the realities of the US classroom environment.

    BTW, how's the weather up in Canada? Something you might be qualified to discuss in this thread. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    LA is spending millions on this. Its already a disaster. The security has been hacked and they are going missing.