iPads Mini Project

iPads Mini Project

In March I wrote about looking at the soon to be released iPads. I thought it was time to give you an update. Our iPads arrived mid May and our mini research project has begun.  First the iPads were shared with the Tech Team for about a week.  If we were going to support them it would be good if we actually tried them.  Next they were delivered to an elementary school for 2 weeks. Today they head to the intermediate school for 2 weeks and the last 3 days will be in a classroom at the HS.  Each teacher who uses one will complete a survey. I wish they had arrived earlier so we could have a longer time with them before school year is finished.

Teachers are a very creative and innovative group and their input will be invaluable as we decided if/how we would use these in our classrooms to support student learning. This time also gives us a chance to work out solutions for syncing and purchasing apps. We also need to look at storage, charging solutions and cases.  It is not just acquiring the tech but working out how to use, support and maintain the tools so they can be effective.  I am looking forward to reading the survey results in a few weeks.

More later…

3 thoughts on “iPads Mini Project

  1. Hi Beth,
    I love the fact that you are on top of the technology with the ipads.
    I am totally asking my wife for one this christmas. As a teacher I am trying to implement current technolgies and specfically Web 2.0 tools. The ipad seems like a natural for those tools. I do wonder if we are capable of keeping up with all the new technology in class. It seems as if a new tool is coming out every other day. I guess that is our job as educators to find the best ways to teach no matter how fast they change. I would love to know more about how the ipods worked.

  2. Hi Beth,

    Interesting project Beth. I am a special education consultant and will be piloting a project in the fall using either ipads or i touches for a diversified special education population ranging from students with autism, learning disabilities and behaviour. I am just in the process of doing some research as anything I suggest must be research based.
    Hope to hear more about your project or from anyone else who is already pioneering the ipad in the classroom.

  3. Beth –
    Would you be willing to write something up about iPads for on Cue? MassCUE members would love to hear how they are being used in your schools. -Jean

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