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Getting, S., & Swainey, K. (2012). First graders with ipads?. Learning and Leading with Technology,40(1), 24-27. Retrieved frvom www.iste.org/Store/Product.aspx?ID=2515
This article was not shocking to me. Many of the kids I work with already are on the second generation of iPad, I did like the idea at getting students immersed in technology, along the way learning to read. Students are given the responsibility of caring for the iPad, helping keep the students excited and motivated to learn. Students began to participate in key themes for schooling, such as global awareness (25). Students could learn and have fun, keeping them excited for the next lessons. Although the project was exciting and saw great results, there were quite a few obstacles faced. The biggest obstacle was navigating the project without much help or direction from the district (26). The teachers also felt the subject limited them, working hard to meet the curriculum requirements. With technology, technical problems are inherent. Having a class full of students syncing together proved to take practice. The cost of the iPads also created problems, a real issue for teachers and districts interested in implementing iPads into the classroom.
Q1: How can iPads help special needs, English Language Learners, or at-risk students?
A1: iPads can offer students the chance to learn in a fun and exciting way. Often, students do not learn effectively in a traditional classroom method. Offering students a novel plan can create positive improvement.
Q2: Are iPads practical for schools, especially in this economy?
A1: The use of grants, much like Getting and Swainey’s can help make the dream of iPads into a reality. Expecting students to have a tablet or iPad should not be expected.