The iPad and education

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There isn’t any doubt that the Web has been a earlier than and after additionally within the subject of training, the place libraries are being changed or complemented by Wikipedia (or by “lazy corners” and the place distance studying appears to have a superb future So what function can cellular gadgets play in training?

Particularly, what academic potentialities does the iPad supply? On the one hand, we now have entry to iTunes College lectures and programs, movies and audios from many American universities. Alternatively, the applying retailer has a class devoted particularly to training, the place we are able to see functions on periodic tables, calculators, and many others. The Components, a really particular periodic desk, has been one of many pill’s star functions.

Past the functions, academic establishments themselves are exploring the chances. Right this moment I acquired a press launch by e mail entitled “The UOC and Orange create the primary pedagogical utility for iPad”:

«THE UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA AND ORANGE LAUNCH THIS NEW COURSE A PILOT TEST IN WHICH 39 STUDENTS AND 6 TEACHERS WILL USE THE IPAD AS A LEARNING DEVICE. THIS PIONEERING EXPERIENCE IN SPAIN, MAKES INTERACTIVITY WITH EDUCATIONAL CONTENT AND ONLINE COMMUNICATION POSSIBLE IN A VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED FOR THIS NEW TABLET. … WITH THE PURPOSE OF EXPLORING THE PEDAGOGICAL POSSIBILITIES OF THE IPAD, EQUIPPED WITH 3G CONNECTIVITY, IN THIS PILOT TEST THE USES OF THE NATIVE APPLICATION OF CONNECTION TO THE CAMPUS, THE ADAPTED EDUCATIONAL CONTENTS AND THE ANNOTATIONS APPLICATION WILL BE TESTED. IN ADDITION, THE TEACHING ACTIVITY OF THIS PILOT TEST WILL BE AROUND APPLICATIONS AND SPECIFIC USES FOR IPAD, SUCH AS VIDEOS FOR TEACHING AND COLLABORATIVE TOOLS ADAPTED TO MOBILE ENVIRONMENTS, SUCH AS TWITTER.

This initiative isn’t the one one in Spain. Expansión & Empleo offers with “cellular training” in a bit extra depth, in an article signed by Tamara Vázquez and Quique Rodríguez, The way forward for the College is learn on the iPad:

«SINCE LAST YEAR SOME UNIVERSITIES AND BUSINESS SCHOOLS HAVE STARTED TO LAUNCH DIFFERENT PROJECTS BASED ON MOBILE DEVICES. IN THE UNIVERSITY FIELD, THE UNIVERSITY A DISTANCE OF MADRID (UDIMA) IS THE FIRST ONLINE CENTER TO IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM IN TESTING TO STUDY THE CAREER THROUGH AN IPAD THAT IS DELIVERED TO STUDENTS. … IN THE WORDS OF IGNACIO POVEDANO, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF THE ONLINE TRAINING INSTITUTE (IFO), “IT IS NO LONGER ABOUT AN EXPERT WHO TEACHES AND A PARTICIPANT WHO LEARNS. THE STUDENT IS AWARE THAT THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO A GREAT EXTENT TO THE LEARNING PROCESS ”. TISCAR LARA, VICE-DEAN OF DIGITAL CULTURE AT THE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION (EOI) AGREES WITH THIS OPINION. FOR THE SECOND YEAR, THIS CENTER COMBINES PRESENTIAL TRAINING WITH THAT GIVEN THROUGH MOBILE DEVICES. AS EXPLAINED, THE EXPERIENCE INTENSIFIES THE COLLABORATIVE WORK OF ITS STUDENTS ON THE NETWORK – THEY COMMON CALENDARS, DOCUMENTS, VIDEOS, AUDIOS, ETCETERAT – AND, ABOVE ALL, IT FACILITATES THE PRODUCTION AND PUBLICATION OF CONTENT FROM ANY PLACE ».

For my part, there are three elements the place tablets just like the iPad may be of use.

As a substitute for textbooks and e-ink readers. The benefit that the texts are routinely up to date, and even developed in a collaborative means, is gigantic in comparison with basic textbooks (and I think about that the resistance of publishers to wager on a “free” faculty goes to be essential, from In the identical means that Microsoft resists public administrations betting on free software program). All of the debates about the way forward for the e-book and e-book apply right here. Together with the fuzzy line that separates them from interactive functions.
As a substitute for desktop computer systems and mini-laptops, no less than in particular circumstances: they’re particularly best devices for younger youngsters, with out sufficient ability to deal with a mouse, and for older individuals (as we now have already mentioned right here). Within the particular case of the iPad, it’s a disgrace that Apple has banned the Scratch surroundings, best for youths to study programming and lecturers to make interactive academic supplies.
As a tool to entry digital campuses. As I collect from the UOC and Orange press launch, they’ve made an iOS utility to entry the digital campus. The reality is that Moodle and comparable functions have boards, digital libraries, and many others. Being net environments, with pill browsers it’s attainable to entry them with out issues. The added worth of a local utility, as a mere adaptation, is proscribed. On this respect, most likely the best potential supplied by the iPad is in distance training and its integration with iTunes: college students might simply entry paid supplies. Additionally it is possible that they may seem in particular purchasers to entry videoconferencing environments. It’s a pity that within the first model of the iPad it got here with out a entrance digicam.

Jordi Adell makes a really helpful reflection on training and new applied sciences in his First evaluation on College 2.0:

«THE EXPANSIÓN ECONOMIC JOURNAL PUBLISHED YESTERDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, AN ARTICLE TITLED THE LAPTOP OF COLE DIVIDE SPAIN IN WHICH THE FIRST YEAR (HAS A YEAR ALREADY PASSED?) OF THE SCHOOL 2.0 PROJECT IS ANALYZED. AMONG THE INTERESTING THINGS THERE IS A MAP OF THE SPANISH STATE WITH THE FIGURES OF STUDENTS “GIFTED” WITH A LAPTOP AND “AULAS 2.0” (WIFI AND DIGITAL BOARD). … READING THE ARTICLE I REAFFIRM MY APPRECIATION OF MORE THAN A YEAR AGO IN THIS SAME BLOG (“ZAPATERO IS WRONG” 5/1/09) WHEN I SAID: “IN REALITY SCHOOL 2.0 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EDUCATION. ZAPATERO DOES NOT BET ON THE TEACHERS, THE STUDENTS OR THE CITIZENS, BETS ON THE BUSINESS. IT IS A PLAN TO MAINTAIN AND / OR INCREASE THE PROFITS OF SEVERAL SECTORS OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (NORTH AMERICANS AND SPANISH, NATURALLY), IN MY WAY OF VIEWING BY IGNORING THE MOST BASIC ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NOT A PEDAGOGY, TO CHANGE ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE CLASSROOMS ”».

Has the reward of laptops to college students promoted by the Authorities been helpful? Has the potential of expertise been harnessed? Jordi denounces that they’re unresolved questions, since no research have been carried out on this regard. I spotlight the article, along with Adell’s expertise within the matter, as a result of it emphasizes a key to speaking about any expertise: its worth or usefulness isn’t intrinsic, it relies on how it’s used, it relies on people. Gifting away laptops, or iPads, to college students is not going to have a major affect on training if it isn’t accompanied by modifications in pedagogical strategies, duty of public administrations, academic establishments and lecturers themselves. And, poor individuals, pending duties accumulate, which is now not simply the Web, blogs, wikis, social networks, digital classroom environments, digital whiteboards … additionally tablets and good telephones. Might God catch them confessed

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