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Our school has been toying

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Our school has been toying with the idea of integrating iPads into the classroom, but I don't believe that teacher training was involved in the process. The intense training you describe and subscribe to is an absolute must when considering implementing any type of new technology in the classroom. Often times, as a middle school math teacher, I wonder how my students can utilize an iPad to further their learning. Special education students may have difficulty grasping the technology, but then again maybe they wouldn't.

How can teachers overcome the burden of lost time (pacing) when implementing the technology? Many of my students are ELL's and have difficulty comprehending the wording of SOL questions. How can we ensure that these students are mastering mathematical concepts as well as learning typical test taking skills?

I'm enthralled with the concept - if such a program were available to my students, I would like to begin the process at the end of one school year or during a summer program so that we could jump right in at the beginning of the next school year.

This is an excellent article,

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This is an excellent article, one that we will certainly be sharing on our social media channels. We've written about the benefits of technology in the classroom before (http://bit.ly/16QiM3M), but it was refreshing to hear a first-hand account of how iPads have positively impacted this school. Thanks for sharing!

2nd Grade teacher

I like your idea of creating

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I like your idea of creating a bulletin board to introduce to the students how the iPad works. This is such a great visual in the classroom and engages the students. I also like the idea that the students can problem solve on their own using this board. Great idea! I agree this article is very interesting. I like how she mentioned that the iPad gives teachers an opportunity to reflect and embraces a new change. This is a great way to change the way students learn integrating technology!

I love my iOS devices and use

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I love my iOS devices and use them constantly in my work, but I'm struck by how many of the items in your list are tablet-independent. It is awesome that your teachers got time to work with coaches and to reflect on their teaching. That's very strong professional development. Why is this opportunity tied to a cart of iPads? Also, why do teachers need to be given a cart full of iPads to discover the power of trying new approaches? To me, the first four items on your list say more about the existing state of professional development than they do about anything specifically iPad-ish.

That said, I think the last two points, especially the power of iOS apps to unlock digital media for students and turn them into content creators instead of content consumers is one of the strongest attributes of iOS devices for the classroom. The other strong attribute you mention is the ability to individualize content flow, with each student doing her own research, instead of all students watching the same slideshow from the teacher.

After reading your opening

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After reading your opening paragraph, I was intrigued to learn more about the use and implementation of iPads in your school district. Currently, there is a big push to purchase and implement the use of iPads in my district. Like you stated in your post, there are many challenges to creating this “change” and one of the problems in my school is the teachers that do have access to them are just allowing them to collect dust and make nice decorations on their shelves and cabinet spaces.

One thing you pinpointed in your post was dealing with some of the obstacles created by technology such as first having kids learn to use them (and do so appropriately). One trick I have found that seems to be effective is I have created a bulletin board that looks like an iPad. It includes printouts that look like apps on the home screen and the printouts contain step-by-step directions on how to access content, how to complete a task, how to change particular settings, as well as other pertinent information on iPad use. This has been so beneficial to me since I don’t have to repeat things 20 times; I can just point to the bulletin board and the kids can figure it out on their own. Have you found this to be a major issue in your school (kids figuring out how to use the iPad)? If so, what things have you done to overcome that obstacle?

Obviously, this is one small tidbit I took from the information you posted. I’m looking forward to hearing some responses and continuing the discussion.

Adjunct Instructor at Missouri State University

It has been said that trying

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It has been said that trying to get information about implementing iPads is like trying to get a drink out of an open fire hydrant! So much info. that people don't know where to start! This article was very well written, and provided a great step-by-step process. One other online resource I found very helpful is at http://bit.ly/iPadLesson1 Thanks!

Certified Teacher and Product Mentor for OnCourse Systems for Education

Excellent read, I love

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Excellent read, I love hearing about districts and teachers taking the initiative with technology integration.

Fantastic article. I love the

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Fantastic article. I love the line: "Teachers collaborate on ideas, problem solving, and providing support for each other. It is scary trying new things, and knowing they have each other is a huge help!" SwiftLaunch actually built an app exactly for that purpose, for fostering school-wide iPad roll-outs in the classroom, too!

Excellent! Very well done!

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Excellent! Very well done!

PreK-12 Assistive Technology and Tech Integration

Very well written and

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Very well written and insightful article. It's not about the device, but what we do with it to inspire and foster learning and change. The openness to change traditional roles, creativity, collaboration, higher order thinking and more makes everyones' work and struggles worth it in the end. Great Job Jennifer, Ann, Brent and Bellevue staff for being pioneers.

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