I have obviously been watching and researching a lot of elementary/primary classrooms that have already integrated ipad use for every student. This one was particularly straightforward and simply asks children the question; how do you use the ipad in class? A worthwhile video. It's got me thinking what is the best practice when using devices in the classroom? I don't just want to make things digitally pretty; I want solid educational experiences for my 5G-ers. The students in
Reading any professional education literature recently you would've come across the term; 21st Century Education. Seems obvious enough considering we've been in this century for awhile now! But when articles refer to 21st Century Learners, terms like "informed citizenship", "continuous learning" and "global communication" are used regularly. The need for critical thinkers and problem solvers has never been higher and these skills are not automatic - someone has to teach them.
Ipads in primary schools isn't anything new. Once upon a time chalk was THE education technology, remember. So embarking upon a Year 5 class of 1:1 ipads might not be the most impressive concept for many savvy, modern educators - but for me, it's tremendously exciting and I'll even admit, a tiny bit intimidating. Having said that, I can't think of anything better than being able to empower my students in a fashion that they respond to and will become masters of in time. I am