should not shy away from the iPad. It is so intuitive that even kindergarten students need little or no
math, use a drawing app as a whiteboard and ask students
to indicate a number in three ways: writing the word, putting the correct number of shapes in the correct columns,
and writing the number. The student would then save the
answers to the camera roll, so the teacher could check it
later. In teaching geometry, you could use an app for
drawing shapes and download books about shapes.
Engaging Students One on One
After using iPads for a semester in elementary-level classrooms, my preservice teachers found they could design
meaningful and engaging lesson plans around just a few
iPads and could often solve the toughest of student problems with just one device.
So, though the headlines ring out with reports of entire
K– 12 classrooms—or even whole student bodies—getting
iPads, you can make a difference with just one. Treat your
limited number of iPads as a chance to engage each student.
App lists: www.kindergarten.com
Apple Distinguished Educators: http://sites.google.com/site/
Education Apps Review: www.iEAR.org
iPad & iPod User Group Wiki: http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/
Repository/ Home.html (available April 2011)
Teaching with handhelds: www.kbennett.net/WFU/Handheld_
Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge: www.tpck.org
Kristin Redington Bennett, PhD, is an assistant professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. For the past five years, she has been preparing elementary preservice teachers to use mobile technology in the classroom.
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