13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 3:33 AM by techersrborn RSS

Will iPad Text Books improve your classroom?

Jane Brown Master
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In this video, Bill Gates Discusses iPad Text Books, the Former Microsoft CEO speaks with ABC News’ Bill Weir about whether Apple is trying to "re-invent" the textbook.

 

What kind of improvement do you see the iPad textbook providing students in the classroom? Can it really be used as tool and not pose distractions? Will you rush to implement this technology?

  • Will iPad Text Books improve your classroom?
    jbmangum New User
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    I believe it could be a wonderful tool if properly implemented. If an application was properly developed that would allow the teacher to set temporary access restriction. Control would be in the teachers hands, if they were properly educated on the technology.

    I image a application where a teacher could instruct student to access their iPads and log into the class. When the student was successfully logged in, teachers would be notified and would also be notified if a student logged out. When logged in, the application would emulate other iPad application which the teacher elected to have available to the students. The application would prevent the use of none authorized application while logged in. This would provide a teacher all the control they need.

    Control could vary from simply have student put their iPads away and requiring that when they get them out that they are logged in, to schools having their application set to turn on and log in when in the proximity of the school during school hours. Schools will however have to quickly learn how to deal with how quickly news and information will travel among the student body. Which is why I would like to see the application running the full time students were at school.

    How would you feel about students earn special privileges? Maybe students with a 3.6 or better GPA an no discipline notices being granted access to Facebook. Could provide some incentive to achieve.
    • Re: Will iPad Text Books improve your classroom?
      Jane Brown Master
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      You raise some positive implementation concerns, John. Any new technology to be used for educational purposes in the classroom points up the need for teachers to also receive:

      • adequate professional development with an introduction to the technology's features and proper care
      • a plan for maintenance/repair/replacement in place
      • best practices that have worked for others
      • a model (perhaps a video) of use that can be replicated

       

       

       

      I like how you envisioned your classroom with iPads in place.

       

      Certainly, there are other scenarios consider, also.

       

      We have an ongoing discussion question presented by Melissa Walter - The specified item was not found.

       

      Equally interesting would be scenarios such as 4 iPad stations in a classroom, a mobile set of iPads that move from classroom to classroom (teacher to teacher), an iPad for every student, iPads only used at school, iPads that go home with students, even how to handle a scenario where students bring iPads to school. 

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    techersrborn New User
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    I believe they will have a place in the classroom, but we really need to guard against the loss of hands on experiences.  I believe technology and hands on experiences can go together beautifully, but don't want just textbook print available onscreen.  We should be beyond that now.  If I'm purchasing a textbook on-line, it should be a full class with enhancements on-line.  That's just me.  I think they should implement their teacher's guide and show all of the options to the students if we are purchasing the textbook.  Otherwise, it looks like a business promoting a business, not promoting an improvement in education. 

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      Jane Brown Master
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      I agree with you, Carol, there is no purpose in having a textbook that is just text, not when the options are now so rich.

       

      If I were a student and I didn't know a concept essential to the understanding of the topic presented, I'd like to be able to select the word and get a definition, picture, video to help me understand the concept, at a minimum.

       

      I'd like to take control for the direction of my learning, selecting topics from a list and covering them all but not necessarily in a linear sequence.

       

      We have another discussion in the community that asks the question, The specified item was not found.

       

      Apparently Apple, still under the guiding influence of former CEO, Steve Jobs, is providing software to create interactive iBooks for education.  Are we ready for this new idea?  Are our students ready?  Do you think such textbooks will enhance student learning?

       

      Will this be something that will motivate the unmotivated student?  We have a very active discussion on this very topic, entitled How do you motivate the unmotivated?  

       

      I enjoy reading your thoughts.  Keep stretching my imagination.  :-) 

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    lorsaff New User
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    I see students of all learning abilities and disabilities engaging in their classroom with the implementation of the iPad textbook.  As an instructor, you will need to have guidelines and direct use of the iPad in order to avoid it becoming a distraction.   As with any implementation, you need to have a plan and develop a support group to help adjust during the implementation. 

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    tkirmer New User
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    I agree with Jane, that I would want it to be  more than just text on a page. I love the feature in Ibooks that allows me to tap on a word while reading and  get the definition if I need it. I can honestly say that while I am reading. there are not too many times I will take the time to look up a word I am not sure about if using printed text.  I teach a section of Social Studies to the 6th grade this year, and I know many of my students would greatly benefit from a feature like that, or being able to get a video that explained a concept or a picture to help define a term would benefit my ell students are well as the regular student. With as quickly as some things in our science fields and social studies fields change, it would be wonderful to up to date text for the students to learn from.

         I agree with Loraine and think all students would become more engaged with Ipad implementation. I have 7 ipads in my computer lab and often during the day when I am not using them, the intervention team will use some with their small groups to help reinforce a skill being taught with a fun app.  They students love it. They will work really hard with their teacher to have the chance to use the ipads with them.  It is not the students  but the staff that need encouragement.

          I like John's idea of an app that would help control what the students have access too, as well as showing when they are logged in and engaged. I think for alot of admin and teachers, it is still the buy in that the Ipad is a tool, and not a toy.  The students are already excited about them but many teachers aren't .  I would hope that with a little hands on guidance, demos and small group work, that more teachers would see that value you of using them in their rooms.  I

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    clay909 New User
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    I am currently taking a course where I have put my textbook on my iPad.  I think the first step for us teachers is to try it ourselves or at least once our students have access we also use it.  Because of the instant access to the Internet, it is helpful to have ebook on my iPad or smart phone.  However, not being able to write on the book has forced me to think about how to take in information differently.

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    Kingston Apprentice
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    I have just come back from a Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix.  I went to a workshop that Travis Allen presented.  He is now in college and will not purchase a hard copy book.  Everything that he uses comes from his Ipad.  If the professor states that he has to buy the book.........he drops the class.

     

    For those of you who do not know of Travis Allen, he made his first million at the age of 13!

     

    Kingston

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      Jane Brown Master
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      I know Travis Allen, well not personally, but for any who may want a more extensive reading on Travis, please check out The MOBILE LEARNER: The Official Blog of Travis Allen, CEO of iSchool Initiative.

       

      I'm not sure I would go so far as to drop a class because the textbook must be purchased in print.  After all, Travis, the rest of us are still in transition to becoming a true Mobile Learner.

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        techersrborn New User
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        No matter what technology comes around, there is always the need for the basic experiences without technology to help us understand technology.  Chances are Travis learned to read with a book with correct size print for his eye development.  Travis learned the love of learning the old fashioned way.  Everyone is different and everyone has different needs.  For many, this is a great way to teach.  For those of us teaching very young children, it can be a developmental concern.  Not materials introduced, but the actual physical iPad, my not be deveopmentally the best educational choice.  Like all things, it is a tool.  A tool a teacher must choose to use appropriately.  Mr. Allen is fine with his preference, but I believe we need to remember not everyone shares his mode of learning. 

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