iPads and other classroom technologies – what should we expect?

The amount and type of technology in classrooms is growing, and for good reasons. Smartphones, iPads, and other portable devices are accepted if not essential tools we all use in the workplace, thus how would we not teach their use to our classrooms? With the new technology embedded standards in the CCSS, we now have no choice but to include the use of technology by students in our classes.  Standardized test scores may or may not be directly affected, yet how students learn will be, and the educational process will be relevant and applicable to everyday life and the workplace, as well as to the Common Core Standards we are all teaching.  We are now at the point of deciding how – not if – we can innovate our classroom with technology – by looking at our curriculum, surveying the technology tools we have in our classrooms, and deciding how we can best use those tools to meet student learning objectives.

An article in from ‘District Administration’ titled ‘iPads Expand Time and Space’ sums it up well: “.. Teachers incorporate a wide range of tools: interactive whiteboards, webcams, class blogs, Google Apps for Education, iPod touches, and netbooks [Chromebooks], as well as iPads. But, in the end, … the success of any piece of technology hinges on how it is used in the classroom. It’s about what you do with the device, not the device itself”
Pulaski ipad Ken Westphal