Digital beats analog (i.e. the blackboard or the textbooks) anytime. I agree that there are endless possibilities with the use of ipad. I have even read somewhere that the Angry Birds game came out as one of the questions in Physics examination. I think this was in Singapore.
Going the paperless route is very good for the environment. And do you remember the time when you were in school with a big bag on your back carrying big books? Now, imagine carrying just a single gadget (an ipad, a kindle, or a nook, or whatever your choice is) to replace all your hardbound books? Wouldn't it be more comfortable?
I remember sharing a phone line with other neighbors, they were called party lines!
John J Caprice
The iPad is possibly the most versatile communication and assessment tool for the classroom. Many schools are now using them in the classroom to help support those with disabilities (i.e. Autism). This can be used with any grade and there are downloads that are specifically for learning on the iTunes store.
This is an extremely new way of teaching and learning that technology has made possible, serving both AT and IT purposes.
Good luck with the iPad in your class!
I agree Cara! I think that they are a great asset to those who have trouble with visual aspects of the classroom environment. IPads are portable and this helps those students who need visual supports (i.e. daily schedules, calendars). They also allow for non-transient messages for students who need directions in a fixed location or who need directions written. It helps the teacher because they save paper with simple downloads of their class notes to the iPad.These devices also provide auditory information for students who thrive off of auditory and visual cues.
I can't believe we are just now using iPads for the benefit of students in the classroom! These tools are great additions to classrooms everywhere and for every age.