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Can you run a classroom with an iPad?

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Can you run a classroom with an iPad?

When talking about the iPad in education, the tendency is to think of it as a tool for the ‘end user’. Or ‘pupils’ as they are often known. As a tool of consumption, the iPad is pretty special – easy to use and driven by apps, it’s a great way for pupils to research, read, watch and learn. It’s no wonder that many schools have taken to it, and take to offering ‘an iPad on every desk’ as the new status symbol of schooldays.

The iPad also has its uses for teachers – as a way for them to drive their professional lives. With some attention to the app store, and some experience in selecting the quality tools from the ‘me-too’ apps, digitally adept teachers (and we’ve talked about them before) can use it to show pupils the tools they’ll need to accelerate their learning; to manage the classroom and projects the pupils do; assessing students’ work, and interacting with them; creating new media for pupils to learn from; and learning things for themselves (imagine that!).

There’s plenty of ways that the iPad can greatly improve your productivity in the classroom. You just need a route map, such as this, from LearninginHand.

And once you’re up and running, you can do a lot worse than refer to this list of apps for educators too.

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Jimmy Leach is a digital consultant, working with governments, organisations and people. He tweets at @JimmyTLeach

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