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Hi Brandie. Glad this helped.

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Hi Brandie.

Glad this helped. This month, Connected Learning is hosting a FREE webinar series about Getting Started with Mobile devices that may be of interest. The first two events have been recorded and the next one is this Wednesday.

http://connectedlearning.tv/preparing-year-mobile-learning

Thanks for reading,
Beth

Elementary Special Education Teacher and fan of Technology

I am a "newbie" when it comes

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I am a "newbie" when it comes to my knowledge of technology especially with IPADS. I find it interesting that although I consider myself a "newbie" I have already given two professional development in-services at the district level. I learn most of what I know through playing, webinars, and lots of "digging" on the net. I am hungry for more! Thanks for this post.

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Hi Quentin. I agree with your

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Hi Quentin.

I agree with your statement. Throwing iPads into the classroom to magically make everyone "walk again" will be about as successful as handing me crutches without any physical therapy. Just as it took some time to be able to move around and navigate stairs on literal crutches, pedagogically, it also takes professional development and experimentation to move towards innovation.

High School Calculus/Engineering teacher; part-time software developer

Great article! I especially

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Great article!

I especially like the analogy to a crutch - yeah if you are struggling to perplex your students, perhaps the added tech can put them over the edge. One trend that I with iPads lately (which I hope doesn't continue) is the move to view all learning as "crippled" and then just throwing iPads into the classroom hoping that the "crutch" will make everyone able to walk again, as is magically.

But yes, great examples of how to use the iPad looking past the "crutch" analogy. Thanks!

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Well done, Beth. Devices

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Well done, Beth. Devices supplement and provide learning. We love how you narrowed it down to three simple, but vital advantages of iPads: support, access, and mobility. That helps clearly show what the iPad can do for the classroom, and then allows the educator to take it from there.

To learn more about how to optimize iPads to enhance student learning, check out this blog post - http://blog.wowzers.com/bid/276638/Five-Things-Educational-iPad-Platform...

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Vanessa, The "one iPad

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Vanessa,

The "one iPad classroom" happens a lot. As Chris Harrow illustrates, it can be a great device for passing around to let students drive the learning.

From a foreign language perspective, it could be a good opportunity to use your iPad as a language-lab center. Here are a few ideas - http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/mobile-technology....

Finally, I'm a HUGE fan of using Evernote for curating student portfolio work. While the students may not have accounts, that doesn't mean you couldn't use your one iPad to build portfolios for them. I wrote a bit about this on the EdTechTeacher blog - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDcQ...

I hope that helps!
Beth

High school French teacher from Hollywood Florida

Beth I really enjoyed your

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Beth I really enjoyed your article. I have a personal Ipad and I often wonder how I can use it in my class aside from putting grades into the gradebook while walking around the room. Although my school does not have the funds to provide each student with their own Ipad, I will be looking into ways to integrate using my Ipad in the classroom.

Mathematics & Special Education Teacher from New York.

Well written article. Thank

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Well written article. Thank you for the information.

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Thanks, Jon! The key

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Thanks, Jon! The key certainly isn't the device, but it happens to be something that can help us get down the path towards true innovation.

Parent of student with disabilities

When schools have been laying

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When schools have been laying off teachers, nurses, and support staff while increasing class sizes during this severe budget crisis, we see a national movement to destroy public education by outside business interests.

Seeing our public education funds utilized for items that will be obsolete within 3 years (not to mention losing access to the "instructional materials" that they come pre-loaded with) is not such a good deal for a district such as mine. With charter/corporate interests buying many of our board members, this was pushed through at LAUSD while ignoring public concerns about the costs and benefits.

Until we can wrestle back the control of academics and educational policy from outsiders who only see our public school funding as an opportunity to make money (at the expense of our children) - we cannot "welcome" these devices into our classrooms. Especially when we are not being fully funded in regards to needed services for students with disabilites, English language learners, Foster and homeless youth.

What's not mentioned here is that a requirement of Common Core is that all students take the tests online. But their private/personal information must be included beforehand. Private corporate interests will control the "cloud" where this information will be housed. Our children's information will be a data-mining bonanza for third-party businesses. We have NO idea what will really happen with the data as it will not be controlled by the school districts, but by these outside corporations. These businesses should not be determining academics, curriculum or education policy, but they are...at a price and at the expense of our children's future.

Link here to LAUSD Board's approval of a billion dollar boondoggle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw6Gn10a9ZI

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