Student input on how to teach with the iPad

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    This may sound weird, but since we're testing the iPad in the classroom at my school, I would like to get student input on how to best serve them with this new technology. So I am encouraging them to post here about what they thought about how I tried to use the iPad in class and how they think I might better meet them where they really learn. If anyone else has suggestions, please feel free to add to our class discussion!
    Now class, this is your chance to change how I teach. You can even post while we're in the middle of the lesson or at the end of class (I'll try to always leave a little free time for this).
    AMDGPhys
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    There are many teachers here utilizing their iPad in the classroom.

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discussion-forum-for-ipad/id412896524?mt=8
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    http://www.support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
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    Hi AMD...Welcome to the forum!

    I would be very interested to see the comments and feedback by your students here on the forum! What a great idea to encourage your students to join and give you comments as well as learned a few other things while cruising around the various topic discussions.

    Students: Great opportunity here to work with your teacher in fine tuning your learning, discussions while also utilizing such a great device. We want to hear from you!

    Best wishes and Enjoy! :)
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    Fantastic initiative! Perhaps you could further define your student population (elementary, secondary, etc.). From a retired teacher who has used digital technologies in education for 40 years.
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    What are you looking for in educational apps site? What search capabilities do you need?
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    Where are the students? I'd like to hear their feedback!
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    A few suggestions (from a student that owns an iPad)
    Parental controls
    -Put some one, but be flexible. For example, some web based apps need to be rated 17+ although it does not mean they are bad, it just means that the web is a big place.
    -Restrict the AppStore although allow students to request apps to be installed.
    Handy Apps
    -iTunesU (depending where you're deploying the iPads)
    -iBooks (I guess)
    Other things
    -ask students only to use the default wallpapers. or else you'll see lockscreens with funny faces or women
    (depending what grade they are in)
    -Make sure they don't jailbreak it.

    Just my suggestions. Please say what grade you are testing them in.

    Sent from K48
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    So far I really like the idea of the iPad during class. The only thing I'm worried about is people getting distracted during class. If there's a way to patch that I think it'd be great. Otherwise the iPad is an awesome new learning innovation in my opinion.
    EMS
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    Sorry to those who have asked questions. I jumped the gun on the thread by a few days. The class just got their iPads this week so they are just now joining the forum. The class is junior year physics. It's a somewhat small class (17) but a bright one. In our first couple of days, we have mostly been getting acquainted with the new technology, but I want to integrate the lessons more and more as we go. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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    I like the idea of asking for requests for apps to install. That's one of the things this thread ought to help with. The AppStore is currently locked down from student use. The iTunesU app is awesome by the way. It has so much. I don't control web restrictions myself so that will be an ongoing issue I am sure but hopefully our IT department will be responsive to requests on that front. Have you tried the textbooks on the new iBooks and if so what do you think?
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    I'm not sure what you mean by educational apps site? I am very new to this.
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    I like reading on the iPad. It is easy to highlight and take notes
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    I like the online physic book that we used today in class. In my opinion it is better than our current textbook in a few ways.
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    It was easier for me to concentrate while reading. So I liked it. BXM
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    Reading on the iPad is much easier than normal book reading. It's easy to highlight and take notes on the book.
    EMS
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    There was slight glare when reading from itextbooks, where as kindle's do not have that. Compared to reading from paper text books it is more useful due to the fact that you can underline, take notes, etc. overall very useful in reading curriculum material from iPad BNS
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    The questions in the book are humorous and keep me (a student) interested! A.B.S.
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    I agree with Colin or "sullivanphys" completely... It's also much more organized than pen and paper.
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    Today in class we read using iBooks. I really liked the fact that I could search keywords in the book. This could be really useful for homework because I could simply search a keyword that would take me to the answer instead of having to flip pages and skim through text looking for the answer.

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