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ipads or laptops

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Which is the better choice for the classroom ipads or laptops? Our school is looking into stepping up the technology; up until this year it was laptops...now ipads are the hot topic. Any opinions out there?

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

I went ahead and asked my friends on Twitter this question and here's what a couple of them had to say:

"My vote is for iPad--love the possibilities to share via Apple TV, long battery life, immediacy & intimacy of it." (https://twitter.com/#!/drmcgettigan)

"If you are looking for true engaged learning...I say iPad all the way." (https://twitter.com/#!/jaimeh1012)

PS: There's a great community of educators who are passionate about edtech on Twitter. Just follow these hashtags: #edtech, #ipadchat, #edchat.

Hope this helps!

Ms. Zack's picture
Ms. Zack
Math Teacher @ a Project Based Learning Charter High School Brighton, MI

We have gone with both options here, but a cheaper version of the lap top: Google Chrome Books (approx. $20/month rental fee). All of our "written" work is in the Cloud on GoogleDocs (students submit papers here, create presentations, etc) so it works really well for us. Having a classroom set to share among a group of teachers has been wonderful in the classroom. They are also small and portable with a long battery life, so this works really well for group work or for setting up stations around the room.

We also use iPads for some of the educational apps you can quickly access, and we use those in place of TI-NSpires as we could find calculator apps that met our requirements. There are also dissection apps for virtual dissections in the science classroom (all the benefits, none of the smell). These are great for individual student use in the classroom.

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