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Grade 3 teacher in Malaysia

Hello, This is a great

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Hello,
This is a great article and I wish I had read it before I was handed an iPad. At first, it brought me extra stress as I tried to use it in class. I wish someone had told me to slow down. I also wish they had told me not to buy so many Apps because Google Docs created for the class are a lot more useful for collaborative learning. I'm still not great when it comes to assessing learning as I print a lot off and stick it in the students' books so any feedback to rely less on this would be gratefully received. Thanks

4th Grade Teacher, Tennessee

Thank you so much for writing

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Thank you so much for writing this article. It really helped ease my fears about transitioning to ipads in my classroom this coming school year. Unfortunately, we are not getting much training on the ipads. I think it is excellent that your system provides such a great support system when implementing the ipads. I especially enjoyed the 'Embracing Change' section. I look forward to learning and growing with my students as we embark upon this journey.

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Jennifer, I completely

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Hi Jennifer,
I completely agree about your points, but what I'm most impressed with is your intelligent system for professional development and device rollout! What a great way to ensure that the devices you purchase will be used and that the teachers will understand the deeper implications of using them in the classroom.

I never came across any

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I never came across any information regarding the actual DANGERS of Ipads in the classroom. That should be listed on this page, since you are listing the 'certainties of Ipads in schools'.
Please visit the webpage below for additional information.
http://youtu.be/KN7VetsCR2I
You, as the educators/teachers, should learn as much as possible before implementing something so detrimental in our children's schools.
Thank you.

8th Grade English/reading teacher : Nebraska

Good article! It is so true

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Good article! It is so true that enlarging our instruction via technology requires true reflection, facing obstacles, embracing change, and being open to creativity. As we continue to approach our curriculum and our instructional time, we need to continue to ask ourselves this question: Is there another way to do this? Is there a better way to do this? Is there a way to do this that will allow students to be more technologically literate?

third grade teacher from st. louis mo

I really enjoyed this, I have

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I really enjoyed this, I have had I Pads in my classroom for the last two years and in those two year I have had about two days of training. I really like the steps that your district had taken to provide the teachers and student with the proper training. I pads are a huge process to take on, and I feel like proper training is the key to proper implementation.

Excellent read. I totally

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Excellent read. I totally agree with the six points you have mentioned. I think it is a great way of making self-learning fun.

Jenny, Learning about iPads

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Jenny,
Learning about iPads through the district's tech training has definitely made me a believer in the process. Students and teachers must learn how to use devices as a tool to deepen their learning before diving in head first! Fantastic article!

Director of Innovation at November Learning

I shared this article with a

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I shared this article with a colleague of mine, Sara Wilkie, and we agree that there should be a third question that addresses the quoted excerpt below. It's a question that teachers/schools/districts must come back to over and over again.

Reaching beyond engagement, what process changes might need to occur in order to truly push students deeper into their own learning?

If we're not looking to change processes, then we are not maximizing the learning in the classroom or the potential effects that technology has to offer.

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[quote]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.[/quote]

Jennifer, Thank you for

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Jennifer,

Thank you for sharing your journey of integrating iPads into the classrooms in Bellevue, Nebraska! I work within Virginia Beach City Public Schools in the state of Virginia and we now have three iPad carts within my school. My school is very "tech savvy" with Promethean Boards and laptop carts within every classroom but the incorporation of iPads has created wonderful new lessons and activities for teachers and students alike. I have noticed how quickly the students catch on to the technology and how enthusiastic they become when a lesson involves the use of the iPads. From my perspective, it is incredibly effective when differentiating lessons and it is so wonderful to see the excitement and success from the students. We currently don't have an as in-depth training program and I look forward to that being implemented soon. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing the progress your district and students experience with the implementation of the iPads!

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