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 Article published in Avery Magazine online, 14 March 2016


iPads in the Classroom - The Digital Revolution

by Rohan Feegrade on 14 May 2014

Digital technologies continue to increasingly transform the way we learn, work, live and play. They offer new opportunities, better educational choices, and unprecedented access to learning resources and services. Social media, online games, multimedia, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile learning have become a pervasive and necessary part of everyday life.

The Horizon Report 2013 K-12 Edition identified mobile devices and apps as the two emerging technologies that would enter into the mainstream for schools within the next 12 months. Mobile devices, such as the iPad, and apps can be used in educational settings as an annotation tool; to enable creation and composition; facilitate social networking; and provide rich tools to capture and edit video, audio and images. The portability, flexibility, and natural intuitive interfaces make them ideal devices for students to develop their skills and preparedness for an ever-evolving world of technology. To expand upon the portability, flexibility, and the natural intuitive interface these devices provide, families can save money and time by combining textbooks, books, diaries, writing implements, calculators, word processors, the internet etc. all in one media tablet.

Skills such as creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration are essential for success in the modern age. Digital technologies allow students to act upon their curiosities and expand their knowledge. The iPad is one tool that caters perfectly to this.

Are there pitfalls to the iPad implementation? Yes. They can be initially costly; monitoring appropriate student usage is a factor to consider and there is necessary maintenance, updates and upkeep of the device. However, These factors pale in comparison to the benefits. The above discussion highlights the benefits and provides explicit examples of how they can be used. But in more general terms, this means students are better engaging in their own learning through the use of technology, which unquestionably leads to improved student learning outcomes.


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