Is Anyone Teaching Class With iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jtwanabe, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. jtwanabe macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2006
    Is it better or just cool. I was given a Kindle for xmas. I like the feel of a book to read. But I teach a class every week. I put the class together on word and then print it out. If could email it to an ipad that might be a real step forward.

    I've heard you can't multi-task with ipad. Does that mean I could be in the class room searched the net for a reference and then insert it into my class notes?

    Please advise

  2. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Huh? With iOS 4, there's now multitasking. You're probably just slightly behind the times. ;)
  3. SaMaster14, Jan 2, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011

    SaMaster14 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I'm a student, and my high school (which is private) gave all the department heads iPads to test teaching apps.

    And if all goes well, every student will get an iPad, with their books and and class apps pre-loaded, to keep. (price will be included in tuition).

    Sadly I'm a senior, so it won't effect me, but I already have an iPad. :p
  4. jtwanabe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2006
    Is Anyone Teaching Class With iPad

    Your right I am behind the times. I'm a newbie. Is there a good sight that can
    walk me through what the iPad can do. The Apple commercials are short on info and long on glitz.

    Still if it's not really suitable for teaching than that would more or nullify the need for the expense.

  5. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    If I am not mistaken there is one school system doing a pilot program to put an iPad in every students hands .....

    Here you go .....

    Also Text Book Publishers are working to get their Text Books digital and ready for the iPad .....

    Here you go ......

    Another good article ....

  6. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    You could put the class together entirely on the iPad, no need to use word on your laptop/desktop at all! Apples word-processor app for iPad (Pages) really is very good. I would recommend a physical, blue-tooth keyboard for prolonged use though.
  7. wyneken macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2010
    The great State of Maine
    For me, the iPad is nearly the perfect teaching tool. I use it for nearly everything: class handouts, assignments and tests (with Pages); scheduling (via Google Calendar); quick web research (with the iCab browser, which is better than built-in Safari); e-mail; and playing music and video to enliven and broaden the classroom experience. I've been using it daily since release day last April, and it keeps getting better and more useful as new apps continue to appear.

    The only missing feature, for me, is the ability to print to the school's networked printers, which aren't yet compatible with AirPrint. I'm hopeful this will change soon.

    The killer thing, though, is that you have all this tucked away in a handy, lightweight device that sits unobtrusively in front of you like an old-fashioned paper notebook. You can quickly look things up without erecting a visual barrier between you and the students. If you want to show them something, you can either hold up the iPad or just pass it around. Students think it's cool, so they pay attention.

    Really it's a no-regret purchase, in or out of the classroom.
  8. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
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    The school I teach at is getting 60 iPads to act as a mobile lab. I am so beyond stoked for this. I was on the committee that made the decision and I will be one of the first to test them out.
  9. TheyCallMeSaint macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2010
    Hehe, altruism FTW! :D
  10. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Taking a visit to Apple's site would help. Click on the iPad tab on the top and have fun exploring!
  11. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    There are 'hacks' you can do to make AirPrint compatible with any printer. Whilst your school probably wouldn't let you do this, it is easy (and safe) to do your own computer & printer.

    Don't forget that some apps (e.g. Keynote) allow you to output to an external display/projector. If your iPad is jailbroken, there is also a Cydia app that lets you simply mirror the iPad screen to an external display.
  12. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
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    keep in mind there is no flash on ipad so certain websites wont work. For instance, I teach music lessons and notation and tablature websites I use won't run on ipad, so I use an MBA.
  13. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    iPad + cable + keynote = a lot easier way to give presentations for lectures. Sadly my wife has the iPad most of the time. Maybe I can get version two for my classes.....
  14. Thadon macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    I had my Philosophy professor use his iPad to give a lecture. He topped #1 on cool professor lists after that lol.
  15. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    I teach using Keynote Remote

    Rather than have a cable dangling off the iPad to a projector, I teach in a room that has a projector ceiling mounted and a Macbook in the back of the room. I control the Macbook (and advance the slides and read my notes) from my iPad. Unfortunately there isn't a native iPad app yet (big oversight) so text isn't super crisp, but this is a pretty sweet solution for me. I see my teaching notes (built-in to my Keynote slides) and flick back and forth between slides/builds easily. A Wifi network is required, although you can create a network from the Macbook if there isn't one already set up.

    Hope that's helpful.
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  17. jazziethomas macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2010
    What is your school? It seems like your school is taking advantage of the latest technology to improve the teachers teaching strategies sounds like a good plan
  18. mintlivedotcom macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    After reading the replies, I hope the iPad helps everyone's grammar skills.

    But, seriously, I am hoping to pick up the next generation iPad this year to assist in teaching middle school students.
  19. parseckadet macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    A lot of people are answering the question of whether an iPad CAN be used for lectures. However, there is the question of whether an iPad SHOULD be used to teach lectures. I'm not a teacher myself, but I can speak of my fiance's experience as a college professor. She tried being tech savvy by embedding video clips into her PowerPoint slides. She got bad evaluations from the students because they wanted to just watch movies and you tube the entire time. She took the videos out and she still got bad evaluations because the students demanded she provide them print outs of the slides instead of taking notes themselves. All this time their grades were poor. Then she stopped doing PowerPoint and went back to writing notes on the board. This forced the students to take notes. Their grades went up, as did her evaluations.

    Please don't take me to be a Luddite, I do think there is plenty of room for technology in the class room. I just think it's too distracting in the lecture hall. Your students need to be focusing on the material you're presenting, not the tools you're using to present it. If you think they are capable of doing that, then by all means use the iPad. But if they're not, then you need to leave it in your office while you teach. At the very least, I suggest you teach your class the way you normally would for the first few weeks of the semester. This will allow you to set the proper expectations, as well as get a feel for this set of students. Then start using the iPad and see how they respond, watching to see whether they're actually paying attention to you or just your iPad.
  20. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
  21. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    This is an important point, but one that has be looked at case by case. I use keynote about 50% of the time and add video clips and audio about 15% of the time and it works really well. However, it is a discussion class, and my teaching style fits in with the tech usage. I also vary the style a lot. Sometimes the entire discussion is written on the board, sometimes it is all verbal, sometimes keynote. Hell when i teach the "analogy of the cave" i use the white board but never write a single word. i only draw pictures.

    The subject and teaching style are very important, but the iPad is not a should or not issue. It is a can. It can be used if it fits your style/class/content/students. If not, it can't.
  22. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    im my school the teachers only use the black board or a smart board, the laptops are provided by NYCDOE. It would be awesome to hook up an ipad to one, but for things like keynote u don't have to because it has a presentation mode or something. just imagine tho having the text book on the board, or showing the web. we can do this with laptops but obviously an iPad is much cooler:D
  23. Claerion macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2009
  24. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    You might want to look at Fraser Speirs' blog too. He writes about the technical details of rolling out iPads to the pupils in a small school in the UK.

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