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Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom | Curriculum | - 18 views

  • The Christian school is paying for the iPads, because school officials hope to teach students to “engage the digital world productively,” said Mitchell Salerno, the high school’s principal, in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. School officials hope to give students the skills expected of them both in college and in the workplace.
    • Brian C. Smith
      They "hope to".
  • might

Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom | Curriculum | - 2 views

  • I’ve seen my gifted kids get so frustrated (it shows them that they’re not always No. 1), and consequently, so proud of themselves because they’ve finally conquered it. The success is made much sweeter when you have to work for it.”
    • Brian C. Smith
      Isn't this synonymous with rewarding? So the 'dumb kids' don't get to use the iPad?  

Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom | Curriculum | - 6 views

  • Each student has showed improvement in the quick recall of facts, and they want to. It can’t get much better than that.”
    • Brian C. Smith
      So what's next?  What are students going to do with their new facts?  How do they apply them in 5th grade?  I think part of this is knowing that they won't use their facts for anything other than a test.  We must provide an immediate context for math facts.  

iPad pilot program brings new ideas to special education | ABC Newspapers - 17 views

  • Alternative test formats
    • Brian C. Smith
      Of course they will!
  • “We think there are many areas in special education where this kind of technology can be successful, but we need data to make good decisions.”
    • Brian C. Smith
      What of our tacit knowledge about learning, including that knowledge about the students?  Is this no good?  Can we not act upon what we know and not solely upon sterile data from a test?
    • Brian C. Smith
      Granted, the iPad has potential in school, but this article, among many others, is so vague at how the device is different other than the screen size and a mention of it's price tag.   iPads seem to be going the way of the IWB.   I still contend that these won't be successful until they are made personal.  Meaning, give it to the kid to have for the entire year.  Let them take it home, play with it, read on it, correspond on it and make their learning personal.   I'm currently in a pilot with iPads and the students are lukewarm to the device because they know it will go away or that they won't be able to make it work for them personally.  

AssortedStuff - 0 views

  • While I think the iPod Touch could be an excellent learning tool (my iPhone certainly is), I’m also the resident curmudgeon about such things so naturally I have a few concerns about this initiative.
  • it’s clear that many people around here are looking at the iPod Touch the same way they do our current laptops.
  • Almost exclusively we use computers as group technologies. We have a bunch of them in a lab and then bring in a bunch of kids to use them for some teacher-designed activity.
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  • However, the iPod Touch, and other pocket computing devices, are intended for personal use.
  • They are designed to be customized, personalizing the user’s experience so, instead of everyone seeing the same desktop, we all see ourselves in the device.
  • We just need to find people who are already using these devices in our schools (our IT department sees several thousand a day on the network) and invite them to tell us how they use their iPod Touch.
  • And the few instructional examples noted in the article are pretty much the same as some of the very superficial whiteboard lessons I’ve observed.
    Tim Stahmer's writing on the iPod Touch
    A search on "ipod touch" on Tim Stahmer's blog ( pulls up some interesting perspective.

How the iPhone transforms learning and teaching... - 51 views

started by Stephen Wilmarth on 27 Dec 08 no follow-up yet
  • Brian C. Smith
    Just some questions and thoughts...

    I'm curious as to how the iPhone has changed culture. While it may have changed the culture of a how phone makers look at devices. I think it is important that you define what culture you are talking about here. American culture? I might add that with any change, it's important to think about all effects of the change. One might ask this... does the iPhone add to the digital divide?

    Stephen Wilmarth wrote:
    > Yes, I have learned to love my iPhone. But more than that, I have developed a deep appreciation for how the iPhone has become an icon for transformational discovery and learning. Like most people on the go, I have to exercise some discipline during my "computer time." I do enjoy playing and using my computer as a "discovery" platform. But sitting behind the desk is a limiting experience. Most of my time is spent out on the streets or being mobile. Cell phones are great devices for the mobile teacher, and some cell phones have remarkable features (think: Blackberry). But the iPhone's interface is the game changer in mobile computing. It opens the mind to limitless possibilities.
    > I'm keenly interested in social trends and adaptations of technology that fundamentally change cultures. Has any single device had a more profound impact on culture or changed habits as radically as the iPhone has since its introduction just over a year ago? I think it's pretty remarkable.
    > So chime in here, and share your most intriguing "Wow!" moments with your iPhone. For example, one of my more significant "Wow!" moments was when I downloaded Twitterific. I hadn't really been a big Twitter user, and was struggling with it to see how it fit into my "value" toolkit. But I'd only been experiencing Twitter online, and it was leaving me cool. Twitterific on my iPhone has transformed my twittering experience. I can easily browse and mark my favorites. I can easily respond and the use of the application on my iPhone is opening up my imagination to a host of possibilities, especially as an educational tool in a participatory learning setting.
    > Share your "Wow!" moments. I'm curious to compare notes.
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