iPads in the classroom like any technology have positive aspects alongside a list of negatives.  iPads were originally designed to be a personal device where purpose, form, and function successfully blend.  In the classroom a myriad of circumstances and need such as safety and distractibility tempt educators to move away from making all the benefits available with restrictive results.  However, a wealth of educational experience and research has been emerging demonstrating significant value of having iPads in the classroom and available to students.  Below is a brief summary along with links to articles on this topic.

Pros

  • The iPad is well known among educators and students to be intuitive and trouble free to use.  Even technically challenged educators find iPads reliable and easy to use.
  • The personal device aspect allows students to have their own personalized calendar, camera, easy access to personal email, and class networking as arranged by the teacher.
  • iPads broaden the variety of engaging and meaningful learning experiences available to students due to the thousands of available apps.
  • eBooks and digital content are available to reduce textbook cost and weight of books in the backpacks.
  • There are thousands of proven educational apps available.
  • iPads are a big hit with teachers for use in learning centers for lower grade classrooms.
  • iPad management tools continue to improve which increases security and flexibility for classroom use.
  • Batteries are powerful enough to last a day at school.
  • iPads have high praise with both teachers and students for their instant on aspect and quick processors.  There are no long delays to “booting” up the computer.
  • AirPlay has made printing and sharing screen content fast and easy for both teachers and students.
  • iPads can be an invaluable tool and learning aid for students with disabilities.
  • With proper expertise the iPad can be restricted to only a school network.

Cons

  • Not compatible with Adobe FLASH (interactive animation/or videos) which limits the use of many websites.
  • Only one screen can be seen at a time which can be frustrating when trying to read a book and write a research paper at the same time etc.
  • The finger-based interface can be frustrating to some students particularly in highlighting text.
  • Initial purchase cost is higher than other devices. Generally, discounts are non-existent or minimal for volume purchases.
  • The lack of a standard physical keyboard makes this a poor a choice for extensive writing and typing.
  • No USB or DVD interface.

http://teacherswithapps.com/17-pros-and-cons-of-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethwoyke/2011/01/21/pros-and-cons-of-ipads-in-the-classroom/

http://www.macally.com/EN/blog/pros-and-cons-of-ipads-in-the-classroom/

http://jonathanwylie.com/2014/09/16/ipads-vs-macs-pcs-in-education-pros-cons/

 

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