I feel that iPads would be the an incredibly helpful tool to implement into the classroom. Technology is changing everyday, and we, as teachers, must stay up to date in our changing world. We must be trained with the resources to pass this knowledge onto our students. The iPad puts this new technology at the students finger tips. Some students may not have access to computers at home, so this would be a way to increase equality of opportunity for learning among students.
There are many educational apps that are now available on the apple app store, and many text books are available on the iPad. Schools could supply their textbooks via the iPad, making it easier for kids to bring their supplies to class; all they would have to do is bring their iPad instead of actual textbooks for 5 different subjects. They are light, thin, and easy to carry to and from school and the student’s home. When considering the prices of 1:1 iPads vs. laptops in my school, I believe iPads would win the vote. They are much cheaper than laptops.
If I were to help to implement 1:1 iPads in my school, I would explain to the school the positive impact of iPads on student learning. I would have some apps to suggest, and I would demonstrate to the administration how I could use them in the classroom. I would explain how technology is key to childrens’ learning, and that teaching through technology would keep the students more engaged in lessons.
Overall, there are many more advantages to using iPads 1:1 in schools than disadvantages. It would be a great adjustment, but in time I think iPads could make teaching and learning easier for everyone!