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What am iLearning about the use of iPads in my classroom?. Kasey Van Kleeck ETAP 681 December 2012. iQuestion:. How are students using the iPad as a tool to increase learning skills?
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Kasey Van Kleeck
How are students using the iPad as a tool to increase learning skills?
The evolution of my research question starting with multiple questions:
As I gained a better understanding of student use and control my questions evolved into one:
When analyzing my observations, I found that 7 of the 10 times students worked collaboratively with the iPad.
Develop an understanding that proper support and time is needed by both teacher and student to develop knowledge and technological skills around the use of the iPad.
Looking through my observations and reflective pieces I found that frustration ran high because many times support was low when using the iPads by both teacher and student. Not much professional development (support) or time was given to students and/or teachers to “get to know” the iPad before being expected to use them constructively. From my observations and journal writings, I found that proper support and time are needed for proper implementation and use of the iPad within the classroom.
iPads where given to Teachers August 4, 2012 and then to students on September 17, 2012. This only allowed for 2 days of professional development (total of12 hours) for teachers to understand and use the iPad. Students where given the iPads on September 14, 2012 with no support or directions on how to use them well. The only support students were given was on October 3, when technology came in and set up iTune accounts for each of our students. This was done as a class and no further explanation was given in regards on how to use the iTune account. All other support had to be given within the classroom by the teacher when problems arose. Support, time, and patience are essential to the success of using iPads within the classroom.
Some further implications should follow: