Sunday, March 31, 2013

tech talk - iPads

I came across some great resources for considering iPads in education.

For those of you ELA teachers out there, you might be interested in the twitter chat focused on iPads and English coming up on Monday, Apr 1 from 7-8 EST. Cassie Scharber, assistant professor of Learning Technologies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Co-Director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, will host "The iPad invasion into English Education" at #engchat to focus on iPads and other technologies used in ELA instruction.

Speaking of iPads, I came across this article about iPads in Social Studies classrooms. The article shares a case study of a teacher's integration of iPads into instruction in Social Studies, and discusses some of the ways this technology can enhance instruction.

The point, too, is that iPads alone won't improve instruction, that it is what you do with them using effective instructional practices that transforms teaching and learning. Educators know this, of course, but the point is also stressed in the article "Students first, not stuff" in the latest Ed Leadership issue. Also in that issue is an article by Larry Ferlazzo with lists of great online resources for teachers. Another great resource is the wiki at Teach With Your iPad.

Do you have iPads at your school to use? What apps and resources have you found useful for teaching?


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