This week I found a link on-line to an interesting article about technology advances in the classroom and how they benefit the students involved : http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754742 .
I am a big advocate for iPads and iPods along with laptops for one on one enrichment with students. I am not on board however with cell phone use in early grades, as the article does suggest high school help and learning with cell phones. The benefits of students having access to tablet use could increase learning and their grades!
A twitter reference involving ipads in schools was found on
@Punflaykids iPads Transform Classrooms http://www.ksee24.com/news/local/iPads-Transform-Classrooms-177057391.html …
As well as another tweet from
That listed several cool apps for those of you who already have access to iPad use in your classroom!
I feel like these two technology forms would be useful in many center activities with elementary students, intervention help times, and individual times throughout the day where certain Apps or activities could be planned for instructional aide purposes depending on what each student needed.
I have seen many cool apps for Science including interactive dissection lab activities, experiments, 3d Brain activities and more space apps than you can count! History takes you back to olden times where students can see and learn more they would during a 30 minute whole group instruction period where technology is not used first hand. We all know and can agree the Math help and practice that is available is a positive experience for students who get to experience it first hand! The iPad and iPod touch can be super useful in all areas of teaching not just the ones mentioned. If funded in schools I believe grades could see major improvement as students become interested and engaged; as well as excited about learning!