Devices have come to a stage where the press of a button turns them on instantly and young people, rightly, expect them to. It’s so quick and easy to obtain the information you need from the net, so quick in fact, that you can turn on your iPad, find the info and turn it off again in the time it takes for a laptop to complete its boot-up sequence.
Teachers and learners alike save heaps of time from not charging up half the time because the iPad is a device that doesn’t need charging all throughout the school day, it won’t even need any top ups! Honestly, there is nothing more stressful and disruptive to the flow of a day than having to find a whole heap of laptop chargers halfway through a lesson.
Well, would you look at that? It saves automatically!
The apps that run on the iPad (and other iOS devices) pave the way when it comes to data saving innovation. The work that learners produce, create or modify are saved instantly without having to press any buttons or switch to a save menu of any kind.
File saves take place automatically behind the scenes. This process is constantly executed in the background, which makes learners and teachers feel very secure in knowing that their work is always secure. The only drawback to this is that learners can’t use the ‘I forgot to save my homework!’ line anymore.
The iPad Learns according to Context
The form factor, battery duration and cloud based apps mean that the iPad can be your one and only portable ‘anywhere anytime’ learning device.
This makes learning ideal when you need to do things like projects and learning outside of the classroom, like at a museum or when a learner is on a project mission. When a learner is on school grounds, on a day visit or residential stay, the iPad can be that learners learning supplement. Use the iPad with a Mi-Fi and learners can be online at all times of the, no matter where they are.
When you add up all the potential functionality of the iPad, its form factor, its operating system, the cameras and the apps, it becomes very clear that the iPad can become the ideal Personal Learning Studio. It can be a science lab, literacy tool, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, research center, language tab, art canvas, music studio, video editing suite, games console, library, web tools manager and there are so many more functions being added to the iPad with each and every app. They all work in their own different way and can benefit both learners and teachers, why not throw in a daily planner app into the midst? How about some cue cards for your lesson?
The opportunities are endless.