Article Review from Langwitches.org

I read from langwitches.org the article, There’s More to iPads in the Classroom Than Apps. The author is pointing out that teachers should not just scramble for certain apps when teaching a subject. The use of the iPad should be used as a thinking and learning tool. How can student learn the most by using the iPad? How can they explore, create, connect, communicate and collaborate by using the iPad? It’s not just about finding an app, so the students can interact with the iPad during the lesson. He then goes on to list apps that are classified under Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and 21st Century Skills and Literacies in order to help teachers identify the learning needs of their students. I am an ESL teacher and my ESL department had received a $50,000 grant for technology. My department chair has ordered new iPads for classroom use. Since this is new technology in the classroom, I am excited to use this in my classroom. I own an iPad 2. I have not been able to use it in the classroom because there are no iPad hookups in the classroom. That is about to change this semester – Yeah! As incorporate the use of the iPad in the classroom, I do not want to limit its use by trying find an app for the lesson I am teaching that day. I will be looking into these app that are classified under Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and 21st Century Skills and Literacies and see how I can incorporate them into The ESL classroom.

http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/08/07/there-is-more-to-ipads-in-the-classroom-than-apps/

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