So far i have found the Ipad to be a valuable piece of technology within lessons and the pupils who have been asked to use it have found it extremely helpful. In the first instance, as a teaching aid it has been great as it has allowed me to access registers quickly and use the internet as a quick search tool leaving my classroom computer free for pupils to use if required.
Useful Functions for the pupils:
The camera function has been used constantly as it takes good quality imagery and pupils can email it directly to their school email without having to find leads and memory card devices – it’s much quicker than using a camera and the pupils don’t have to wait for myself to place the images on the shared area to access them.
The safari browser has allowed quick access to the internet for individual pupils conducting research tasks when a computer has not been available – and by using the copy tool they have emailed themselves the information to work from.
Skitch is an app where an image can be drawn over quickly with lines and arrows and this has been very useful with revision as it has proven to be a very quick way of annotating imagery rather than projecting it and hand writing over the image on the board – very useful to pupils with quick questions to gauge understanding (where on the image is the…….? Label the ……part)!
Book Creator is another very useful app as it is a very effective way of creating moodboards. When done on word, all imagery has to be formatted and some pupils find this frustrating because whole page set-ups can change and move around if they forget to format one picture but with this app it is very quick, easy to use and very effective.
SimpleMind is a mindmap app which again, is a very quick and easy way of creating a piece of work which normally would have been done by hand or on word and could be quite time consuming. The pupils understood it staright away and even commented that if they had this before the start of their coursework they wouldn’t have had to spend so long taking their time with neatness and presentation.
Itunes U has recently been shown to me by Mrs Young and is something that i will be using with my students for revision – especially my A level classes as it allows you access to a huge range of visual resources that span many different topics. I can see pupils downloading videos from universities on subject specific topics when researching issues.
So far, i have been extremely impressed with the Ipad and have been amazed at how easily the pupils have taken to it, it has saved myself and pupils time, it’s been really easy to use and above all else – less pupils have ‘lost’ their work because it’s in their email which has also meant alot less printing has been done which certainly can’t be a bad thing!