positive change on learning outcomes.
Initial anecdotal studies indicate that the iPad is a powerful and versatile tool for use in the areas of technology, scholastic and literacy. But why are teachers, parents and schools accepting and adopting the introduction of iPads into the learning environment so readily?
Tablets and iPads easily fit into the students’ lifestyles. One easily held iPad contains all the required textbooks for study plus organisers and schedules. With internet access, students can work from anywhere. They can provide a virtual tour guide- an exciting way to experience field trip destinations. They can be used to record research and data collection/observations.
They provide a hands-on approach to learning that actively engages the student. Easily downloadable apps can be used for all areas of study; to enrich word study and decoding skills with such apps as Chicktionary,Bookworm and Spelling Bee; to develop vocabulary and reading fluency with Fluency, The Opposites and others; and to encourage mathematical exploration
and play using apps like Bugs and Butterflies and Wings. Reviews of these and many others will be added soon.
It is small wonder, then, that educators are optimistic about the use of iPads in classrooms especially as more and more evidence adds weight to the argument for its advantages and growing potential.