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BYOD or 1:1 laptop programs make sense to me and I'm completely on board.  However, I don't think 1:1 tablet initiatives will be as fruitful; especially in older grades.  

Tablets are slick, compact and cool. Like most handheld devices they are great for communication, organization and research.  The problem is they are horrible for document creation. An activity that is fairly important at educational facilities and something laptops do very well.  Laptops and netbooks are not only more functional than iPads, they're cheaper as well.

The tablets will definitely get used to watch videos, read eBooks and produce content for specific multimedia projects.  Students will like using them; but, I predict that a year or two down the road teachers will admit that they aren't as useful as they had thought and will be asking for docking stations.  Thus, I think we would get way more tech bang for our educational buck with laptops and netbooks.

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Hi Adam.  I just went to a conference which shared new research indicating that devices such as the i-pad are more effective in younger grades and begin to lose their effectiveness as ages increase. (it is new research and it it just beginning to trickle in however.  There's not a  lot of research in this area as of yet).  However, as a first grade teacher I have to say that i-pads are amazing and very useful in my grade -- especially for reinforcing concepts in math and language arts via apps.  So in a year or two if the middle and high school want to pass their i-pads down, we will gladly accept them!

Did said research mention the number of apps available for that age group?  Alot factors in to the app itself moreso than the device it is on.

I have to admit that I only heard of this research at a conference and the presenters themselves were in the midst of participating in a Kindergarten 1:1 i-pad research project.  The final results of this research I think is only beginning to surface.  I, myself, had not read the research.  However, this past year our school district has been doing its own research on apps.  They have a lot of good app ideas on their website: http://bpsedtechapps.org/  

The truest research is in exploring these apps with our students.  In any case, I love the ease of i-pads for the younger first graders and they are extremely engaging and easy to manage.  The case for useful apps usually lies in their ability to reinforce concepts that a teacher has already taught.  They give "immediate"(and often very entertaining) feedback to the students using them.  However, I still need to be there to guide, explain, and enjoy the apps with the children. I still believe that the real teaching lies with the teacher and the device (whether it be an i-pad or laptop) is a highly effective teaching "tool" when used correctly.  I once read a quote which said "If a teacher can be replaced by technology, then he/she should be replaced."  I wholeheartedly agree with that!  

I concur.  That immediate feedback and chance to use what they've just learned is priceless for the learning process!

I just got 2 ipads for my classroom and I have $100 for apps. Any suggestions?  I teach 5th grade.

 

There are all kinds of apps.  Math, Science, etc. 

I recommend "Solar Walk" and "Planets".  NASA has a good app too.

"Shape Up" is a left / right brain game that is both vexing and fun.  Sudoku, Go, Chess...   I can keep going and going.

  

I think it would be better for me to ask you about your class' group dynamic;  Who are your class leaders?  I don't mean who has been appointed by the school.  I mean which kids personalities lead the others?  Which ones are quieter?  I would try to identify both sides of the spectrum in your classroom then try to tailor your content delivery to them well and drift into the middle from time to time. 

If you can identify your students' personality types I can possibly recommend apps that are better suited to your kids specifically.  I even found an app for autistic kids on www.kickstarter.com !!  I obviously don't know all of the apps out there but I can give you some great ones that I have used and also give you some browsing / searching advice too.  

Have a look at ....

http://shambles.net/ICT/#mobile

and

http://shamblesguruipad.posterous.com/

Lots of help and suggestions ... don't miss the Post in the Blog about Free Apps to find Free Apps ..it will save you an students and parents a lot of $$$$

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I disagree.  I use the following Apps for documentation on Ipad 

Notes

Keynote

Pages

Numbers

Simplemind

Making a Keynote on iPad is MUCH easier and has cooler effects than Powerpoint on the PC.  It has less functionality but for the average needs, it still out performs. 

As time goes on Apps are going to keep improving in ease of use, functionality and overall awesomeness.  I've been using the iPad both personally and in the classroom for a few years already and have yet to find an end to my joy.   

It might not be the same for everyone of course as I am a geek wannabe and persistent about getting what I want out of an investment.  :D   

Hope that helps!

If you are looking for information about BYOD have a look at

http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/byot/

p.s. BYOD does not mean Bring Your Own Dog :-)

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