iPads Gain Traction in the Classroom

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

The popular idea of replacing students textbooks with iPads is gaining traction thanks to writers like Amy Estes at Appolicious. She writes:

 

The first benefit to using the iPad is fairly obvious: no more books. By using the iPad as a textbook, schools avoid the costly replacement of books due to normal wear and tear. Instead of adopting an entirely new curriculum, districts can simply update electronic textbooks as necessary. One Georgia school district currently estimates that they spend around $40 million dollars per year on books. While the cost of purchasing iPads for all students may be initially very high, the cost is minimal when one considers textbook adoptions to keep information current and replacing texts year after year due to wear and tear and needs for updates. Students would also get a break from carrying around heavy books, often associated with back strain and other issues.

But the benefits of the iPad are even more extensive. Math classes can use apps that allow students to chart and graph equations quickly and easily. For example, the app Graphing Calculator HD allows students to quickly solve and graph equations. By simply holding up their iPads, math teachers can check for understanding. Younger students can benefit from any number of math games, such as Fraction Factory or Number Line.

Science comes alive in the classroom with apps likeStar Walk for iPad and The Elements: A Visual Exploration. Other apps like 3D Cell Simulation help abstract concepts come to life quickly and easily. No more spending money on lab supplies—concepts are demonstrated quickly and neatly right on the iPad.

The uses of the iPad in English class are endless. From eBook reading (no more trips to the library — allow students to download eBooks right in class!) to more complex uses such as digital storytelling with StoryKit, the possibilities are amazing. Students who struggle with sequencing their papers effectively can make use of helpful apps such as Idea Sketch as a way to organize pre-writing activities.

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