I consider myself very lucky. My university years coincided with the introduction of mainframe computers. The dawn of PCs occurred when I was in my prime, and now my grandchildren are learning to use the iPad. I know from my own experience as a math teacher that the integration of new computer technology into the classroom is a complex, challenging, and daring endeavor, and also a most rewarding undertaking. Two years ago, the iPad implementation in schools was referred to as the “wave of the future”. At this very moment, the iPad in the classroom is a reality. According to Sam Gliksman, author of iPad in Education For Dummies, “the iPad is a natural fit for education in the 21st century”. There are a lot of publications dedicated to the subject of integrating iPads into the classroom. As a mathematician, a retired teacher, software engineer and the developer of iPad/iPhone/Android applications, I have given a great deal of thought to the proper use of iPads in teaching, and in the school as a whole. Below is a list of my most important iPad strategies, as seen from my own perspective and from what I have read.
6 iPad Strategies for Beginners:
- A teacher should design a lesson for learning and then look for ways to integrate the iPad to accomplish the specific learning target. Not every lesson or activity is best suited for the inclusion of the iPad.
- A teacher must always have a tech-free backup plan!
- Let the students teach you and each other, break into groups and have each group collaboratively master one productivity app and then make a presentation for sharing with other classmates and teachers. In the beginning, maintain modest goals.
- Do not assume that all students know how to use an iPad. Schedule special time to teach kids the proper use of the iPad, or ask another student to be a peer tutor.
- Remember to connect beyond the classroom, communication and collaboration with virtually any individual or group invite a rich and diverse environment into the classroom, the possibilities are endless.
- Do not let the iPads become a wall between you and your students. Remember direct interaction remains paramount.
*Remember that this powerful technology is still just a tool
List of the sources:
- Teaching Smarter, Not Harder: 7 Strategies For Performance Teaching
- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
- Brookings Mobile Learning: Transforming Education and Engaging Students and Teachers
About the Author
Tatyana Belyavskaya taught on the college level in St. Petersburg, Russia for more than 20 years and moved to the USA in 1991. Over the next 20 years she as a software engineer, Web designer, database administrator, and an information systems analyst. Prompted by their grandkids’ math questions and problems, Tatyana and her husband (who is the software developer) decided to reach more children, helping them to master basic math skills. They have published tablet, phone and desktop applications for arithmetic practice. Tatyana likes to read and travel.