iPad in Education: Huge New Rollout in Minnesota, Huge LA Project Suspended

iPads at St. Paul Elementary School

This week brings good news and bad news in terms of the iPad’s adoption in US educational institutions. Earlier this week it was reported – by The Verge and others – that the massive iPad rollout in the Los Angeles School District has been suspended, with rumors saying they’ll end up being replaced by Chromebooks and similar devices.

Meanwhile, the St. Paul School District in Minnesota is set for an iPad rollout that is said to be the largest ever for a state school system. It will bring 40,000 iPads on a one-to-one basis to students within the school district.

The approach to how the iPads will be used in classrooms in St. Paul sounds a little more freeform than some other deployments, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. I like the quote they use from Craig Anderson, principal of Hamline Elementary in St. Paul – which rolled out iPads to all its students in grades 2 to 5 last year:

… But the point, according to proponents such as Anderson, is to have the devices in students’ hands so they can create and, hopefully, innovate.

Anderson, who likens the iPad to a pencil, warns of the danger of “overplanning” and limiting how far teachers and students can take it.

“As educators, we have the luxury of whether to use the tool or not,” he said. “But kids are not going to have the option of living in a world that doesn’t use technology.”

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Essential Education Apps for iPad: A High Schooler’s Take

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Every so often there’s a revolution in education. The iPad and the boundless possibilities it brings with it are one of those revolutions.

Whether you’re an iPad aficionado or simply a recreational user, the iPad has the power to make your life easier. Regardless of age or specialization, these are the apps every student should have.

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Teaching With An iPad

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This fall I successfully taught two college courses using only an iPad 2 (and iPad Air) — no desktop or laptop. The experiment went easier than I expected but it was not without challenges.

I teach Art Appreciation and Art History at a local community college. For each session, content is presented on Keynote slides (typically consisting of 25 – 75 slides). Creating the presentations takes anywhere from three to fifty hours — most of that spent on the iPad. Naturally, the preparation involves a lot of time on the Internet for research, image selection, and administrative tasks.

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5 iPad Apps for the Productive 21st Century Student

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When I was at school, I struggled badly with random, un-filed bits of paper, leaky ink cartridges in my Parker Pen and terrible hand writing (as well as chronic laziness and an addiction to Cricket). I’m sure this approach to my organisation affected my school work. If I would have grown up in the iPad age I think things would have been different. The following 5 apps have been tried and tested by me and my students and rank highly as apps which work brilliantly to keep work organised in the cut and thrust of a busy school day.

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The iPad is notorious in not having an accessible file structure. As we know, files are often saved in app, or to the camera roll or to iCloud where you can access the files on another device, as long as you have the corresponding app. The other problem is that the more files you generate, the more you eat into your precious iPad storage. [click to continue reading…]

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Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 1

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In the past, coding was a pretty niche affair, those of us with our Acorns, Spectrums and Commodore 64s experimenting with lines and lines of code. I remember as an 8 year old, spending ages typing out lines of code on my beige Acorn Electron to draw….a line on the screen. To add insult to injury there was no way to save it unless I wanted to erase my tape of “Ice Ice Baby” and replace it with my code. Needless to say because we were put into the deep end in those days, like millions of others I was put off a bit by coding and just played computer games instead.

Fast forward to the iPad era and coding is coming back in a big way. Some very talented developers with a love for coding have produced some spectacular apps, turning the iPad into a coding studio in your hand. There are some great iPad apps which take the pain out of coding for the layman and can teach your children (and you) some excellent skills.

This article will concentrate on the best coding apps available currently for your children aged 2-9. A follow up article will look at apps for older children.

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Los Angeles School District Plans to Rollout iPads to All Its 640,000 Students

Image Source: http://www.larkin.net.au/blog/2013/03/01/vic-ipad-workshops/ Wow. More details have come out this week on the massive iPad rollout by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The country’s 2nd largest school district will get free iPads in the hands of 31,000 of its students this school year. And that’s just the beginning of their huge iPad program. As […]

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iPad in Education: iPads Chosen in $30 Million Deal with Los Angeles Board of Education

Image Source: http://www.larkin.net.au/blog/2013/03/01/vic-ipad-workshops/ Apple has announced today that they’ve received approval from the Los Angeles Board of Education on a $30 million rollout of iPads to the nation’s 2nd largest school district. The iPad rollout in the LA Unified School District will start this fall and will bring iPads to every student across the district’s […]

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