Since the launch of the iPad, people have discussed its potential applications for education. Among the plusses, they are light weight and easy to manipulate, so even small children can operate them. It’s also possible to sinc them, allowing them to replace the “clickers” that have sometimes been used in colleges to gather aggregate data of class comprehension in real-time.
Critics have complained that throwing expensive gadgets into the classroom won’t fix the underlying problems, but I imagine that some of them had not considered some of the cost-saving perks of these new toys. Among them, the ability to create a (nearly?) paperless classroom, since teachers could potentially distribute their assignments electronically.
Here’s another cost-saving app that could be used in the classroom: ICDL – Free Books for Children – International Children’s Digital Library for iPad on the iTunes App Store. This link allows students the opportunity to access a wide range of books on their iPad, exposing them to reading opportunities in multiple languages, something that would be very difficult for the average public school library to offer.
(Thanks to Ruslanda Westerlund at the Educators of English Learners blog for finding this app!)