One Teacher’s Rave Reviews of the iPad

| January 11, 2011 | 2 Comments
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It’s way too early to know whether the iPad will have an effect on the education system as a whole. We need time to study its impact on how students learn. But anecdotal evidence from teachers so far is encouraging.

See what Frasier Speirs from Cedars School of Excellence has to say about deploying 115 iPads in school.

The biggest early change has been in teaching art. Apps like Brushes, MoodBoard Pro, and Photoshop Express help children experiment with art and build confidence. Children are often reluctant to try new things in art class for fear of getting something wrong. With the freedom to simply try things, with the safety of unlimited undo, their creativity has opened up dramatically. Similarly, in English our teachers are now having to teach the art of keeping to a word limit because children are producing longer and better pieces of writing than ever before.

Are there things we wish the iPad did better? Of course. Is there another computing device that meets our needs more fully? Not right now. The iPad has transformed our school, and we have only begun to find out what’s possible.

I’d love to hear from other educators or parents the specifics on how they’re seeing students’ learning process changing.

[Via Scott McLeod's Mind Dump.]

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  • Tamarah Buckley

    As a high school math teacher with a classroom set of iPads, I agree that it is too early to tell whether the iPad improves student learning or whether it is changing the way that students learn. There is certainly a lot of potential to improve student learning, but it seems like the app and textbook market need to catch up with the iPad’s potential. I am looking forward to seeing more apps that encourage students to not just practice skills but also to think critically and apply those skills.

    • Anonymous

      Well put — the iPad has not even been out a whole year yet, so there’s a long way to go before all the best educational applications (and by that, I don’t mean apps!) have been sorted out. But it’s exciting to see it evolve.