Seriously, I know my way around an iPad and have a passion for finding great apps that promote deeper learning but I’m afraid of how this iPad deployment is going to pan out stateside & worldwide. What about all the wonderful teachers that just aren’t there yet, as far as mobile technology is concerned? What about others that are scared of change… any kind of change?! If I’m scared, what are they feeling? How will it be for brand new teachers, entering the field in this wake of change?
Knowing how to use an iPad and knowing how to teach lessons to a class of students with an iPad, are two very different scenarios. Knowing which apps promote real learning is important, but it’s not going to be the make or break element in the classroom. Yet, when talking iPads, almost every blog, forum, news article, and magazine focuses on lists of which educational apps are the best and why. How do I know this? One, I have an Educational App Discovery site called Teachers With Apps, reviewing apps is our main focus. Two, ever since taking iPad training this summer for our upcoming pilot program, I’ve been searching the web for suggested ways to manage students and their iPads. I can tell you, there is not enough written about this and soon administrators, teachers, students, and parents are all going to be clamoring for answers.
I did find some helpful resources and would like to share these. I would also like to call out to educators, if you have iPad tips for the classroom, please share. Lists seem to be the new favorite format as they are easy to maneuver and easy access, so here is my list:
- Steve Anderson writes one heck of a good blog. He also has an impressive twitter presence. Here is his Quick List: iPad Resources for the Classroom
- Nathan Stevens has the basics down with, Teach With Your Ipad and he provides is a long list of great iPad activities for the classroom.
- Ben Johnson’s blog: How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning featured in Edutopia
- Edudemic, the King of Resources has the Edudemic Magazine iPad app, which covers the latest and the greatest, and there is an Edudemic Wiki, which has all the nuts and bolts every teacher working with iPads needs. This article written by Mark Pullen, featured in Edudemic, covers the mind-set for tackling something new (although this class uses laptops you get the point).
- Terry Heick from Teach Thought, put together this fabulous infographic with Edudemic, that really says it all: 25 Ways To Use The iPad In TheClassroom By ComplexityJohn Spencer suggests learning from others, You’ve done your homework. You’ve gotten iPads into your classroom. You’ve found some great uses and apps that are really resonating. Now what? My best advice is to tap into your Professional Learning Network, whether it’s online or offline, to figure out what others are doing. After all, the massive buzz about iPads in education has caused many people to adopt sooner than you (most likely). Monitor iPad chatter on Twitter, join this amazing LinkedIn group, add Edudemic to your RSS reader (shameless plug!) or just use your preferred method. Long story short, never stop learning new ways to use the iPad, a device still in its infancy when it comes to just about everything.
Management is a critical component in every classroom and from what I can envision this will be even more paramount after you deploy iPads. Yes, I’m nervous…. but I’m doing my homework.