There is an exciting and wonderful world out there, and as a teacher (special education) trying to significantly intragrate technology in the classroom there is one fruit that in my humble opinion would make that easier both on my students and myself.
Although I am a trained and tested Windows and IBM user, I have been slowly wandering into the world of apple. Aside from some personal reservations about the ease and accessibility that is possible if someone gets a hold of your technology, I understand and see the appeal. More importantly, if there was only one convincing argument that I had to make to other teachers about why to use an Ipod touch or an Ipad in their classroom instead of a desktop or laptop. It would be an easy one, and one that only has two related words that many early years and division one teachers despise at the end of a computer or technology class “USERNAME & PASSWORD”
I am fortunate to have a very innovative and technologically minded Administrator, that would support my idea and soon to be plan to use Apple devices in my classroom. With this ace in the whole I look forward to using:
as well as other great applications (APPs) that would assist and differentiate in the learning of my students.
So why the change, simple my students already have their own desktop computers with access to such programs as Edmodo, Twiducate, Raz-Kids, Kidblog and more, but to have this at their desks for working on their assignments, but to have access to information while they are watching a lesson that I am work on with them at the smart board, would be great. In addition, I can slowly move to a paperless classroom. My last final personal and possibly selfish reasons for using such technology has two parts, it is great to see to students learn when they don’t see it as learning but having fun and finally, using an Ipod touch or Ipad allows for me to differentiate instruction for my students with more ease.
I know that there will be some learning struggles for me about how to fully use and intergrate the technology into my class for instruction purposes, but I also see the most important advantage and benefit – – –