Ipads In Education

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There are many components of education that technology can enhance when brought into the classroom; as technology seems to be an untapped resource in education. Those components include items such as differentiated instruction, enhanced interaction, increase in quality of student work, and more. With a technologically advancing society, why not bring the iPad into the classroom where students can solve real world problems with technology that they use outside of the school? With that in mind, the explanations that follow will demonstrate the productivity that results from a utilizing an iPad in the classroom. When exploring the option to implement an iPad initiative, there are of course concerns that some may have. With any initiative, …show more content…
The first is that it allows for students to develop fine motor skills (Flewitt, Messer, & Kucirkova, 2014). It takes skill to manipulate the touch screen, and there are apps that can be used to color, type, and move objects around. Therefore, the IPad offers a multisensory experience in order to fine tune motor skills (Milman, Carlson-Bancroft, & Boogart, 2014). In the education world, there is a big push to recognize student differences and different learning styles, making it important to incorporate different learning strategies into a lesson. As a result, the iPads have features that would assist with this. The students could complete an assignment by recording their voice, recording a video, taking photographs, make a movie, and so much more (Milman, Carlson-Bancroft, & Boogart, 2014). These things could be done with simple apps that are provided free with the tablet such as the camera, microphone, and iMovie. That leads into the idea that even assessments could be transformed into more creative forms (Grant et.al. 2015). One could explore the options that an iPad has and make the tests more enjoyable and differentiated as opposed to a standard written test. The iPad can even have assistive technologies that allow for better communications with the use of apps such as speech to text like Dragon Dictate (Maich, 2015). One could even use the tablet …show more content…
Some teachers are even blown away by the quality of work that their students hand in, as 86.7% teachers said that implementing iPads in the classroom positively effects the success and quality of work (Milman, Carlson-Bancroft, & Boogart, 2014). With the idea of personalizing the method of assessment, it could be said that the work begins to be more detailed and personalized, as the students are expressing their knowledge in their “expert” way. This also allows for increased confidence in work, allowing for the higher quality in the outcome that is seen (Flewitt, Messer, & Kucirkova, 2014). If one were given the choice to demonstrate the content that they are expected to know, it would be expected that the presentation of that would be more detailed and personalized. As a result, 93% of teachers claim that there is an increase in success according to research conducted by the Stanford Research Institute (Milman, Carlson-Bancroft, & Boogart,

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