Since the time when the first iPad was released, schools around the world have been implementing it to a different extent. While it does speak in favor of this particular device, it also proves that this technology has now become a major teaching and learning instrument, and neglecting to use it is no longer an option.
As the studies show, 65% of American teachers believe that students are more productive now due to the use of electronic devices in the learning process. Even more of them are ready and willing to keep going (i.e. implementing the technology) in order to achieve better results.
What’s there in the store?
Along with multiple devices available, there are also apps and programs to help teachers in the classroom. Recently, Apple has launched an app for Algebra 1 that combined regular textbook material with interactive learning opportunities. Algebra 2 and Geometry are expected soon. Need apps for kids, rather than high-school and college students? No problem. CallQ (just one of hundreds) is an excellent tool to teach your child Math (more information on this very app is available at here: Free ways to teach your child math with the CalQ app). In general, the website iPad for Schools offers dozens of relevant apps for learning.
How does the role of a teacher change?
With technology being implemented ubiquitously, a teacher is no longer a single source of information, but rather a facilitator of the learning process. It is his job to choose the means to employ it in teaching and make sure they are used efficiently. A teacher now does not have to be a walking encyclopedia, but rather a knowing assistant ready to provide guidance and support. Besides, a moral education component is still there and not likely to be replaced with any technological means.
How to implement technology in class?
While the process is hardly stoppable now, not everywhere it goes as smoothly as we would like it. Implementing technology in the classroom should be carefully planned and organized. Planning is the first and foremost requirement, which is not followed to a full extent, unfortunately. Besides, using tech means does not come naturally to all teachers, and some of them need help. Luckily, this help is available online (e.g. webinars on tech ed resources for classroom: Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom). Various seminars and workgroups are held on a regular basis and deal with different aspects of technologically improved education, not to mention different guides and manuals. All you actually need to have is a desire. The rest is technicalities.