Connecting with iPads



 

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Using an iPad for learning

Using an iPad for learning

Overview

Recent touchscreen innovations are a paradigm shift in how students approach ICT. For younger students who are not yet typing or cannot type well, or for special needs students, it is far more intuitive for students to write on the screen, to use their fingers to control technology. It is so much more natural for students to use touchscreens to embrace learning.

Using an iPad for learning

We see the young and old using the Apple iPads in the shopping malls, on public transport, at restaurants and even at the beach. Touch screen tablets have been around since the late 1980’s, so what is special about iPads? Is it just pure marketing hype or a fashion fad?

Introduced in January 2010, the Apple iPad is essentially a new class of computer. The iPad is not intended to replace the PC or notebook in its present iteration, but in our view, it is designed to complement these devices – it simply offers computing experience to be easier, faster, portable, and simpler. The acceptance of this device has been simply phenomenal.

iPad Life Life!

Reflections

Why iPads

Touch sensitive screens are the input method of the future! Currently the iPad is taking the headlines and here at Patana we are getting involved in a big way.

The iPad touch screen enables intuitive touch to interact with computers, bypassing mouse-click and PC learning requirements, and getting straight into the action! While adults with ingrained technology habits consider the lack of keyboard a problem, digital natives have a different perspective. Recent touchscreen innovations are a paradigm shift in how students approach ICT. For younger students who are not yet typing or cannot type well, or for special needs students, it is far more intuitive for students to write on the screen, to use their fingers to control technology. It is so much more natural for students to use touchscreens to embrace learning.

Using an iPad for learning

How Many iPads?

iPad mini iPod

Using an iPad for learning

Learning

We have begun to analyse the way in which children are learning from various iPad apps. Teachers have been reflecting on the way apps they use have been helping the children and we have chosen the six aspects of Bloom's taxonomy to categorise the apps.

Click on a button below to see the apps which base help children to:

Touch Screen

According to Sesh Kumar of ‘Learning Solutions’ in October 2010, the touch screen of the iPad has extended Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in a way that mimics human gestures. The iPad touch screen enables intuitive touch to interact with computers, bypassing mouse-click and PC learning requirements, and getting straight into the action! While adults with ingrained technology habits consider the lack of keyboard a problem, digital natives have a different perspective. Children who have not learned to read or operate a remote are picking up the iPad’s interface with remarkable speed. According to the Ad Age article published in June 2010, “How the iPad Became Child's Play – and Learning Tool,” after using the device, toddlers as young as 18 months try to interface with TVs and monitors as if they were touch screens too, indicating how intuitive this technology may be to the iPad generation.

eSafety

We are committed to keeping children safe while online and spend a significant amount of time in school teaching our students how to recognise inappropriate ways of using technology. We also recommend the following website for up to date information about eSafety issues.

eSafety at Patana

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk