There are iPads flooding into just about every classroom and school these days. Or so it seems. Judging by the amount of interest from educators, students, and administrators, it’s easy to see that the iPad is a becoming a topic of discussion (at the very least) for many of us. So what are some of the more interesting ways schools use iPads and how are schools currently implementing them?
Below are just a handful of examples but there are boatloads more. In fact, we at Edudemic would love to hear from YOU! How are you implementing iPads? In a 1:1 environment? A BYOD classroom? Weigh in down in the comments so the rest of the readers can learn from you. After all, isn’t that what this is all about?
To Encourage History Discussions
Bringing the past to life is a great reason to integrate technology into any classroom or lesson. Wabash College’s 19th Century European History class has begun using iPads in order to allow students to take notes, do reading, check out their course syllabus, and more. The school has stated that the overall response to the iPads has been positive and that the various apps have let students have a more immersive experience. For example, they are able to take a virtual tour of Napoleon’s castle. Neat!
There’s a rural area of Sweden (Vindeln) that has seen iPads become a critical tool in filling teacher vacancies or simply bringing instruction to many areas not normally reachable by standard education systems. In other words, students in rural areas can have access to high quality teachers without either party having to travel very far.
To Streamline Med School
You may start seeing your doctor carrying around an iPad. In fact, I’d be surprised if they’re not already. That’s because iPads are becoming the standard piece of must-have tech for med students. The Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has already implemented a program to give every new student an iPad and, get this, a white coat with a pocket that is large enough to fit an iPad. Brilliant.
To Enhance Learning For Students With Disabilities
Some school districts are seeing an influx of grants for bringing iPads to students with disabilities. The Council Rock High School (PA) has had grants for bringing more than a dozen iPads to students with disabilities. Personally, I love the Proloquo2go app despite it’s price. Definitely worth checking out.
To Create Interactive Textbooks
What if your college’s bookstore offered a custom-made digital textbook option alongside your printed textbook? Which would you choose? Salem State (MA) has more than a dozen interactive digital textbooks available thanks to the influx of iPads on campus. Only time will tell where this goes but it’s exciting to see schools take on the challenge of developing high-quality interactive textbooks.