All iPads ipad or mini for elementary education

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  1. Italianblend macrumors 68000

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    Does anyone have experience working with ipads for elementary schools? I am wondering if the ipad mini is a good option for this, or do you feel like a full-sized ipad will be better?
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    My personal opinion is that bigger size screen would make it easier for younger students to hit touch targets accurately. This becomes less of a concern the older the students get. Also, the bigger the screen, the more immersive the experience. The mini might be better as a gaming device, but if you want your students to actually learn anything, I feel the full size iPads provide a better experience.
     
  3. thegreati macrumors regular

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    I'd recommend an iPad 1 or 2 for the younger folks. The iPad Mini is simply just too breakable for children to use in the long run.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    My 8 year olds use an iPad mini and they're fine with it. I have little concern on how they use it or the size, i.e., its not too small.

    Heck most kids now a days are at home using a smart phone, so I don't think a mini or full sized iPad is an issue.
     
  5. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Who's using it? The child or the teacher? What's the context? What would they be using it for?

    For a child, I personally feel a full-sized iPad is better, at least for typing, since you get close to a full-sized keyboard, and children of that age generally won't have the fine-tuned motor skills to operate a smaller virtual keyboard.
     
  6. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    it depends on who's using it and what it going to be used for. Thats like asking which car should i get to drive?
     

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