Getting, S., & Swainey, K. (2012). First graders with ipads?. Learning and Leading with Technology,40(1), 24-27. Retrieved from www.iste.org/Store/Product.aspx?ID=2515
In reading Sarah Getting and Karin Sawainy article I was fascinated at the outcome of first graders using iPads. When the idea was first brought up many were skeptical, for the idea revolved around placing expense technology in the hands of first grader. Yet results don’t lie, after completing the first year with iPads test scores were higher and teachers noticed students spending more time on tasks (TOT.) Teachers also learned that iPad could be used within the award system, behave and you will be able to work with iPads. On the downside of things the teachers found the iPads had little resources due to the idea being fairly new. They also stumbled upon issues with the technology staying up to date. I really liked how Sarah and Karin also gave a list of apps that would work great in the classroom. It really helps teachers build a better network of sources and activity’s. I have high hopes that with more support of iPads with in the classroom will prove to be a benefit and help heighten the learning curve.
Q: Would you use the iPad in your classroom?
Having worked with the iPad in a special needs classroom, I fully support and will use the iPad within my classroom if able too. Having a hand held, touch screen device is a wonderful tool with the classroom. It would allow me as a teacher to have flexibility to move around the class allowing each of students a chance to interact with the app.
Q: What other problems do you believe the iPad could cause within the classroom?
One of my biggest concerns is that iPads will lead to students using them for other purpose. For many high schools, Youtube, Facebook, and other social networks have been band from school computers. With iPads also giving students access to social networks I am afraid will cause students will no longer use the iPad for learning.