Well, I bought an iPad. I could not resist the temptation. After I walked out of the Apple store with my iPad, I knew I
wouldn't have buyers remorse. I seldom buy the first generation of anything!
However, I have a feeling that this device (the iPad) will be a game
changer in education, and I needed to understand why. Let me explain.
Every time I walk in the Apple store I see kids (young and old) crowding around a table of adults to experience this device. Now, I should not be surprised.
I saw kids around the iMacs when the Apple store was proudly displayed for the public, showcasing the latest education
software. I saw kids around the iPhone and iPod Touch. Prior to my iPad I
had to FIGHT with my own kids to use it. So the iPad should be no
different in the attraction factor. I am sure you have witnessed this.
What is so intriguing is the smiles and the grins that kids have as they play math games or read a book or learn how to
spell on the iPad. As parents are leaving the store the kids are begging
for one more minute on the iPad. Magical!
Ok my fellow educators, imagine that excitement in the classroom of today. Imagine the possibilities of this simple device
providing the connection to student achievement that we measure with
time on task.
If you heard any of my presentations, I usually do not jump on band wagons. I tend to be a realist when it
comes to implementing technology in education. I know the realities out
there. Too many obstacles (i.e. teacher, principals, and IT). However, I
see something guys. I see a shift. You may not believe that all schools
will have iPads for students. And I not suggesting that all schools
will. But what you see is a device that will change what our kids expect
from educators. Apple has started another revolution.
What do you think? Do you see a shift 5 to 10 years out? Are you thinking differently about this to? Or is it just hype?
That’s my 2¢. Where’s my change?
I agree, though there are some ways around this... showing young children how to use them, buying protective cases (these are really kid 'friendly') and by limiting their use for young children. They actually use them in the school my children attend.
I agree with you this has been a shift. There are many schools that have taken this product into the school system. Many students are able to relate to the new use of technology. Students are constantly on these new devices such as the Ipad, why bring something like this into the classroom that is appealing to them. By bringing in the Ipad to the classroom it will make the students want to learn alot more. THis shift will occur I believe over the years, because its a way to catch the students attention and improve their willingness to learn.