Regrading #1 (better simulations and models), #3 (virtual manipulatives) and #8 (epistemic games), I think these are most appropriate when their real world counterparts are not readily available, which is often the case when teacher ancient history.
Cult of Mac ran a series this week looking at the revival of Apple products in education. I recommend you at least read the following:
- It’s All About Mobility – check out the graph at the end showing the decline of Dell and the rise of Apple.
- iPads Get Top Grades In Cedars School Pilot Project – overview of the iPad pilot launched by Fraser Speirs.
- The Best iOS Apps for Education
- iPad May Replace Computers and Textbooks In Schools, Expert Predicts – it is great for reading but also can do writing.
And for a more cynical look at computers in education, read this interview with pioneering computer scientist Alan Kay.
Video showing Dennis, a young student with special needs, using an iPad as a learning device. His parents explain how he benefits from the device. This is also a great example of using iMovie on a 4th generation iPod Touch.
Via Learning in Hand.
from Matt Mullenweg, 1.0 is the Loneliest Number.
Intriguing idea. Before students in Ms Yollis’ class are given their own blog, they must earn it by writing thoughtful comments on other student blogs. This sounds like a great way to gradually introduce skills about appropriate and responsible publishing on the Internet.
tuaw.com compares the iPad to other accessibility devices. I’ve seen an Eco up close and I agree that the iPad has more features by default, runs more reliability, and costs far less than the $7,000 – $15,000 price tag for the Eco. The article suggests that most devices are purposely limited to one function in order to qualify for Medicaid. That is disappointing if true, since limiting an expensive device to one feature seems to work agains accessibility.
Some pretty safe bets from Fraser Speirs. If we limit the scope of those predictions to education, I mostly agree with him. However, I think that for the foreseeable future we will continue to need more complicated and powerful devices. My colleague who teaches the CAD program at my school could not achieve the same results with iPads. His class will continue to need desktops.
Story summarizing findings presented by Project Tomorrow at the Speak Up conference held on October 29, 2010. The study shows that student access to mobile technology in the classroom has tripled in the last three years. Also, 62% of parents surveyed said they would purchase a mobile device for their students if they were allowed to use them in school. The full report is available, but it requires registration on their Blackboard site.
This is a great summary of the problems afflicting many K12 public education web sites. I’ve had to work around many of these pitfalls myself, which is one of the reasons I prefer to use my own domain and have autonomy for my classroom web site.
I must have purchased my first iPod in 2004. It was the 3rd generation, but it was a gray-scale screen, not the full color one that did photos. It lasted me about four years, because then I bought the 2nd generation iPod Touch in 2008. I hope the 4th generation iPod Touches I just purchased last four years.