I have wondered what the big deal is about using Ipads in schools as they don’t do anything a textbook or laptop can do and in most cases can’t even do that. They are not providing anything beyond what a regular teacher and their current resources can provide just

substituting, giving students content without creating anything.

Being reliant on apps has its limitations with the development of appropriate educational formats.

The Apps can be classified into 4 Categories according to Means.

  1. Tutor
  2. Tool
  3. Communication
  4. Explore

The added 21st Century pedagogical components of communication and collaboration need to also be considered, for App classification.

This reading highlighted the fact that the study did not find a single ‘Educational’ App that met the modern understanding of learning.

This is the evidence to back my opinion that they are not the modern classroom Teaching and learning hero, people believe they are going to be.

There are some Apps the research did believe to be “Standout” in Educational experiences.

PAPER MAPS Provides a map template that users can write on and link to GPS device
PAPER MAPS
Provides a map template that users can write on and link to GPS device
OMNIGRAPH SKETCHER Creates complex graphs
OMNIGRAPH SKETCHER
Creates complex graphs
G Gravity simulator
G
Gravity simulator
WHITEBOARD Create and share collaborative text
WHITEBOARD
Create and share collaborative text
SUNDRY NOTES Multimedia note taker ability to share on social media
SUNDRY NOTES
Multimedia note taker ability to share on social media
SHAKESPEARE IN BITS Side by side text and video
SHAKESPEARE IN BITS
Side by side text and video
STARWALK Navigate the sky
STARWALK
Navigate the sky
JUNGLE TIME Teachers clocks and time
JUNGLE TIME
Teachers clocks and time
TROMBONE LEAF Musical instruments
TROMBONE LEAF
Musical instruments
GOOD READER Uploads large PDF files to Ipad to be easily read
GOOD READER
Uploads large PDF files to Ipad to be easily read
SCRABBLE Collaborative spelling
SCRABBLE
Collaborative spelling
OCARINA Music
OCARINA
Music

Murray, O., & Olcese, N. (2011). Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not? TechTrends, 55(6), 42-48

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