While this document deals with the tools and apps a senior high school student may use as substitutive to traditional tasks it is intended to be a primer for teachers to allow them to accept this technology into the traditional classroom of the senior student heading toward their leavers exams.
While the students may be digital natives their education has not been digital immersed. it is hoped that this kind of approach ill see the student taking the lead with the device and getting wider, richer sources of knowledge and learning experiences, for those that continue at this stage of their education to continue in a traditional manner this program will no disrupt their learning.
It is important that reform continues into the earlier years so that this type of portible device and the access to recourses it enables can truly be tapped.
So while I am advocating the skills & Tools approach here please be mindful of the context and understand that I still work tirelessly for the 21C digital education that brings us forward. Please take the time to read Larry Ferlazzo on his advocation of blooms in his educational context
Understand we need to move beyond the substitution phase and take some time to read, Silvia Tolisano’s writing on Tool Set – Set – Mind Skill Set. As this is where we need to be moving.
Using the iPad
The Home Button
The iPad has only one button on it, this is called the home button any time i refer to the button it is this I am speaking about.
Wakes the iPad up when it’s asleep.
Takes you to the home screen from any other screen.
Takes you to the search screen if you are at the home screen.
Closes the App you using.
Brings up the fast switching menu, to swap between recently used Apps.
This App is in the Dock, it’s the web browser for the iPad. If you want to access the internet this is the default app. Browsing with your finger is easy swipe up and down to scroll the page.
Pinch to zoom
Tap and hold a hyperlink to open in a new page, this way you can return to your original page any time. Access the multiple pages using the icon on the toolbar.
There are other browsers available some have other features Atomic and iCab both allow multiple tabs.
iBooks is the default reader for books on the iPad it is not the only one but is is a good one not only can you read the books you can add notes and highlighting to books. With a true ebook the font size and style can be changed. PDF’s can be read in iBooks but they don’t have the same features.
This great little free App does allow you to easily add notes and a lot of other functionality to the PDF’s that you read and share with people. You can open a PDF direct from your email or send it to the device through itunes
The cleanest and most focused note taking and writing App on the ipad. Recommended by Stephen Fry No less. If you want to do more on the iPad there is a variety of more expansive apps that let you create richer content as you could on the MacBook. These apps are Pages(word-processing), Numbers(spreadsheet), Keynote(presentations), iMovie (video editing) and Garageband(music creation).
These are all paid Apps and most users would not need to use these, they are included here to show the level of creation possible on the iPad.
Other Apps for Students to use.
Of course there is more than just reading and writing possible, You are able to load movies onto the ipad for students to watch. Clickview are currently testing their new iPad app to have it available very soon
Fantastic App allows you to read a website while making notes on it and linking you references are automatically inserted at the click of a button.
While we have had a look at text books as PDF’s and Books on the iPad it is worth looking at the new developments in text Books. Textbooks redesigned for the new Technology, linked images and video as well as notes and sharing.
There is also ways of collecting our information that is easy and with the device you are able to take it with you on the go.
Choose your content and it is fetcher for you, refine your type and places by the information you read.
Sometimes its no a whole body of work you need to show. There are apps like 3D brain that just have specific detail on one topic shown in a way you would not normally see
Good app for when you just want to jot down some notes. The app has multiple notebooks you can create and it allows you to have multiple pages in each. It has hand recognition so when you rest your palm on it while writting it does not think you are trying to write there.
But can it fly?
While people ask does it have USB and I do this or why doesnt it have … You Have got to just use what it has and next time it will have even more