Saturday, April 17, 2010

iPad in the Classroom

Thanks to one of the teachers at our school we were able to get our hands on an iPad for a day this week. The video below shows year a 1 student playing with the Dino Mixer app.

The iPad was smaller than I thought it was going to be and surprisingly light. It feels sturdy enough and the screen brightness was excellent.

Clearly there is scope for using these in schools - like the iTouch you turn them on and they work - no need to log on to a network or phone a technician when your desired network drives don't appear. With ever increasing options for sharing work to and from them they appear to have a number of uses within the classroom.

One issue may be that the iPad looks to be a consumer tool, how will schools be able to use it to allow students to create and produce. Hopefully we can come up with some ideas before we start buying a few next year.

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