In my opinion, I think that there is more to learn on the MacBooks. My sons school is all IPad (parent supplied) and you must have one to attend. I am interested to see how they are going to roll this out. Prior to the Ipads, they were a Microsoft school and hopefully will get a MAC lab. I am not totally sold on the IPad, we have three in the house and I tend to grab it to do a quick look up of something and cannot get used to reading books on it. Hopefully, with more familiarity, I will see more of a use for it. I plan on bringing the three that I have at home to school to allow my kids to use, this way they are getting their hands on different devices.
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Hi JoAnn. We have looked at using iPads in the classroom this year and have gone with Laptops for upper and lower school students at this stage. A few colleages are using iPad, includng myself, and I find the iPad helps me with all the administration task of being a teacher. I love the way I can contact a parent during class if required - great classroom management tool. Looking at download text books for my students to use and also interactive support material to support essential content. So far, no drawbacks from me. However, I have elected to purchae my own iPad and use it in my classrooms. Not sure when the school will follow.
Now iBook2 has arrived..how do people use epubs and pdfs on the iPad??
..though LION is needed on the mac to run ibook2 this cuts out many people with the need for PPC(powerPC) running on snow leopard..VMware is one solution i run - both LION and SL run simultaneously as well as win7 (and winXP)
my typical workflow is (was until last week!)
provide pdf for download from google website (school badged as an .edu website)
students view in ibooks, create album folder to organsie their 'books'
take screen snapshot, go to camera roll insert into CBB( creative book builder) where they can comment annotat etc..when research is completed they can publish their epub from CBB
benefits are no reliance on strong wifi signal, all sorts of issues with CISCO waps dropping signals as students move around between base stations ( over x40 base stations on campus) work lost not saved to google docs
browsing websites can only go so far, lack of multitasking requires to have 'something' on the ipad to store and edit written/typed material
only web sourced material with citation is accepted
..btw this approach is secondary y8 and y9 science ( in australia)
I have used ipads previously as assisstive technology for special education students. It is remarkable how a simple ipad can highlight their skills and show their learning. Naturally, the apps are a brilliant use of enhancing content but does anyone has specific apps that have worked well? Especially with my new knowledge of Educreations, the ipad has made a dramatic impact in teaching. Students are fascinated by the ease of learning and enjoying what they are doing. I mainly used Educreations and BrainPop Jr. videos on the ipad since I'm not familiar with a lot of others. I love to learn about new ways to use the ipad, in any form, so if you have any great input I would love to hear it! I also work in a business where training adults can be a bit boring. An ipad could spruce up any training, and help comprehension excel. Like many, I believe the main issue to using the ipad is funding. As remarkable as they are, they are quite expensive, especially in my area that we need security settings on lockdown.