The iPad and other gesture-based tablets have captured the minds and fingers of many in education. Whether it’s in pre-K or senior classes, these intuitive devices are making changes to how teaching and learning occurs in the classroom.
The combination of ease of use, cost-effective applications, simple navigation, and user-friendliness, plus a generally lower entry price compared to a full laptop (rather than a netbook), make these the tools of choice for many schools. It’s worth noting that for many people there is also a convenience and aesthetic factor, as well.
As schools grasp with these devices, it’s great to see people sharing their teaching practice. Here are some sites that I have recently stumbled across that are useful.
1. TCEA – http://www.tcea.org/ipad A useful list of applications broken down into curriculum areas.
2. Apps in Education – http://appsineducation.blogspot.co.nz/ This site is broken down again into learning areas and has detailed lists of suitable applications.
3. iPad Curriculum – http://www.ipadcurriculum.com/ This is a regularly updated blog on the use of iPads featuring a single app per post.
4. iPad Schools – http://ipadschools.wikispaces.com/home This is a wiki on the use of iPads—again, detailing apps by learning areas.
5. iPad Multimedia Tools – https://sites.google.com/site/ipadmultimediatools/home This Google site is focused on the multimedia aspects of iPad use. It looks at the iPad’s apps by use rather than by learning area.
6. iPad as… http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/mobile-technology-apps/ipad-as This is an excellent post examining the use of the tool rather than the curriculum area.
7. Bridging the Gap – http://bridgingapps.org/ This is a site bridging the gap between applications and disabilities. They have reviewed a number of apps for suitability for special needs students—a very useful site.
Harry Dickens and I wrote the Apps for Learning book with scenarios from different subject areas to examine how the tools could be used from a variety of perspectives.