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Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom

eSN readers discuss their experiences using the iPad with their students

"Kids have grown up their whole lives with computers, but they need to be taught how to harness the technology for education," says Mitchell Salerno, principal of the Master's Academy in Florida.

Whether you think it’s hot stuff or just fluff, the iPad has caught the eye of many educators. Here’s a list of five ways that eSchool News readers say they’re using iPads in the classroom.

How are you using iPads in your own schools or classrooms? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us your own experience in the comments section of this story.

1. For intervention.

Gabrielle Smith from Etna Elementary has been using her iPad 2 in her fifth-grade classroom for roughly two months. Smith purchased the iPad with her own money and without reimbursement to test the device as a model for delivering Response to Intervention (RtI).

“I found an app called Math Drills, to help students with their math facts. After a school-wide math fact program, there were a certain number of students that still didn’t know their addition facts. Essentially, they had trouble with ‘at a snap’ recall of facts,” she explained.

“I put those few students on the iPad app, which gave them the opportunity to practice and then to test themselves. It kept track of their scores and showed their improvement. I’ve had students BEG me to allow them to practice their facts—under normal circumstances, what fifth-grader do you know [who] WANTS to practice their facts? I’ll take it! Each student has showed improvement in the quick recall of facts, and they want to. It can’t get much better than that.”

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  1. arosi80299

    May 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I think iPads in the classroom is a great idea! I don’t necessarily agree that EVERY student needs an iPad but I think it’s great that they can share one as a class. Students are much more apt to learn when they think they are in control of their learning. The iPad is a great way for the students to explore the web for current events or subjects that interest them. I’m amazed by the endless about of applications out there for students and teachers. I love the fact the teachers are adapting to the new age of technology and using it to benefit students.

  2. arosi80299

    May 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I think iPads in the classroom is a great idea! I don’t necessarily agree that EVERY student needs an iPad but I think it’s great that they can share one as a class. Students are much more apt to learn when they think they are in control of their learning. The iPad is a great way for the students to explore the web for current events or subjects that interest them. I’m amazed by the endless about of applications out there for students and teachers. I love the fact the teachers are adapting to the new age of technology and using it to benefit students.

  3. armin7

    June 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    With the inception of the iPad, Apple continues to advance towards goals that were set forth with the birth of Macintosh (1984). The goal was, as it remains today, to create the most powerful learning machine the world has ever known; a device that would bring the power of multi-media learning to the finger-tips of every learner; an educational computer that incorporated, text, visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities and a computer that was affordable to make a difference on the world’s educational stage: iPad is the embodiment of those lofty ideals and will continue to evolve to still a higher level as an educational tool.

  4. armin7

    June 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    With the inception of the iPad, Apple continues to advance towards goals that were set forth with the birth of Macintosh (1984). The goal was, as it remains today, to create the most powerful learning machine the world has ever known; a device that would bring the power of multi-media learning to the finger-tips of every learner; an educational computer that incorporated, text, visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities and a computer that was affordable to make a difference on the world’s educational stage: iPad is the embodiment of those lofty ideals and will continue to evolve to still a higher level as an educational tool.


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