25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty

In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re putting out a special mini-issue early next week. It’ll be available in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app and, best of all, FREE to subscribers! If you’re not (yet) a subscriber, it’ll be just $0.99.

The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. It’s all about iPads in education, Apple’s role in the future of learning, and much more than that. Want to get the mini-issue free when it comes out? Become a subscriber today by downloading the iPad app! If you subscribe this week, you’ll get our April issue free AND the upcoming mini-issue free. Not a bad deal. That is, if you like awesome and helpful things.

So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom. You could visit the Apple App Store’s education section and peruse the many offerings… do some Google searches to figure out what’s good… or just use this print-friendly image below to get started! Following on the heels of our wildly popular Twitter Spectrum, we wanted to build an ‘iPad Spectrum’ for all our wonderful readers out there. This image can be easily shared, downloaded, and printed. Just click here to download the PDF version.

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  5. KimFoxWOSU

    April 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Just curious, which issue is the April issue? They’re listed by vol. numbers. I assume it’s vol. 4, but I wanted to be sure. Thx.

  6. KimFoxWOSU

    April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Just curious, which issue is the April issue? They’re listed by vol. numbers. I assume it’s vol. 4, but vol. 1 focuses on the iPad. I wanted to be sure. Thx.

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  15. walterbender

    April 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    a better title for this chart would be “The Teacher’s Web Spectrum”. What does any of it have to do specifically with an iPad. Any web-enabled device could be used for any and all of the above.

    • techsavvyed

      May 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

       @walterbender Agreed! Everything listed here would not only function better with a full desktop browser (you can create Prezis on desktop, Google Docs isn’t gimped, etc.).
       
      I would much rather have seen the author take a route that was specific to the iPad. For example, under the Create column you could have capturing science experiments or other observations via the built in camera, editing the footage together using the free Vimeo app, or iMovie app, then pushing a video lab report directly to Vimeo, YouTube, or some other video sharing service.

      • walterbender

        May 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

         @techsavvyed Again, nothing special about an iPad regarding the features you cite. A netbook at 25% of the price can do the same. And it probably won’t break when it is dropped. I await a real reason for a school to spend big bucks on the high-end devices.

        • techsavvyed

          May 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

           @walterbender Yes, there is something special about the tight integration of hardware and software on the iPad, especially compared to the integration (or lack thereof), of hardware and software on many Windows machines. Having the hardware needed to create media projects is not the same as having access to type of software, and processing power, that’s conducive to what I described. We have Windows Movie Maker on our netbooks in my district, and the experience is subpar when compared to many of the free or low cost (less than $5) apps on the iPad. Beyond that, the iPad is much more conducive to being used as an actual video camera. Having used iPad, iPod Touches, and Netbooks for student videos projects where we captured using the built in camera on all three, the ability to record video and audio natively on the iPad was a better experience that the students enjoyed, rather than having to use WIndows Movie Maker to capture the video.
           
          Regardless, I think the notion of high-end devices is a relative reality. To us, high end devices would be the standard $1,000 laptop, so iPads (even though we only have a small handful scattered across the district) are more economical. I can see where schools that have standardized on technology based on cost would easily see the iPad as a high-end device. However, I believe your math may be a bit off, as the iPad2 currently sells for $400, but the cheapest NetBook I was able to find (from a reputable retailer) was $200, making it only 50% the cost of the iPad, no 25%. If you have a better connection on price, please let me know as it would be nice to replace our Netbooks with lower cost options when they do need refreshing.

    • Richard B

      August 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Wow…the IPAD hype is in full swing….while I like them, they are not the panacea to all things education….It should be entitled, 25 Ways To Use Computing Devices In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty…..

      All this shows is that wonderful things are possible from a compute perspective in the classroom. I get really annoyed that these articles create a perception that IPADs are the only way to achieve these goals (and yes, it does do exactly this whether by or not on purpose), and it appears a lot of people in education actually believe this too.

      I had a teacher recently ask me if Windows had Apps !!!!!

      • Richard B

        August 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        I am actually going to use the PDF as part of a PD for teaching and learning ( I will make it a little more generic though). It is actually a very good start in my opinion…

        We are going BYOD at my school (utlising content delivered by html), and besides the technology design/implementation aspect, the biggest challenge for us will be at the pedagogy layer of delivering education in the classroom itself……as a whole lot of new controls and processes need to be put in place….

  16. terryheick

    April 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Walter–The bold words are all apps that, while also having web and even Android counterparts, represent a good way for teachers to get started with an iPad. This spectrum is just designed to give teachers ideas on how iPads might be used in the classroom.

  17. terryheick

    April 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Walter–The bold words are all apps that, while also having web and even Android counterparts, represent a good way for teachers to get started with an iPad. 

    • walterbender

      April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

       @terryheick So you agree with me? The reason I object to the title is that is suggests there is something special about the iPad in the classroom (as opposed to other devicces). Other than a special price (expensive) I am not sure what else unique. So I question the specificity of the promotion.

      • terryheick

        April 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

         @walterbender I understand your point. While there are some key differences between the iPad and other tablets or even PCs that do distinguish iPads from other hardware, I think the biggest factor to consider is to put yourself in the shoes of a teacher with an iPad trying to better understand its potential. They would not likely search for “25 ways ways to use the web,” but would want to understand apps and resources specific to the hardware they had in mind. So while there is indeed some overlap between iPads and PCs/Macs/smartphones, some of it platform specific–and some of it has to do with labeling articles in a way that makes them easier to search for teachers. 

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