From a cool toy to a powerful, versatile learning tool, iPads have made their way into the classroom and have become very valuable classroom technology. Many educators love iPads and tablets just as much as students, and this list of or the 10 big pros of iPads as technology in the classroom to show you why.
1. Appealing to Students
With today’s tech-savvy students it’s going to be hard to keep their attention without the use of modern technology like iPads or other mobile devices.
2. Saves paper and money
Schools invest thousands of dollars every year on books, text books, and other printed materials. Using iPads or other tablets can drastically reduce these costs and help your school “go green”.
3. Lessens the physical load
Who wants to carry around a backpack loaded down with heavy textbooks? With iPads students can download ebooks and other resources and save their backs.
4. Multi-media learning
There’s not a one size fits all when it comes to teaching students. Some students learn best with a visual, some audio, some absorb best by reading, some by games, etc. The great thing about the iPad is that it’s a multipurpose learning tool that can appeal to all types of learners.
5. Better prepares students for the future
Students will be using everyday technology like the iPad and other mobile devices in their future careers. It’s important to teach students the appropriate use of these devices and how to take full advantage of their benefits as a learning tool and valuable resource.
6. Increases collaboration
Even for schools where there is not a mobile device for every student, they can still take advantage of the iPad as valuable technology in the classroom, by utilizing it for group work. Students can work together on a project or presentation on the iPad and enjoy educational games together as well.
7. Virtual field trips
iPads allow students to travel to just about anywhere in the world on a “virtual field trip”. They can speak with experts, experience other cultures, make friends in various countries, and visit all sorts of places without ever leaving the classroom.
8. Unlimited library of resources
With just a quick search on their iPad, students can read through educational books, journals, videos, articles, etc. No more waiting to go to the computer lab to begin research; with the flick of a finger they can unlock a plethora of information and resources to answer all their questions.
9. Customized learning
Since every student learns at a different pace, it can be hard for educators to create lessons that fully benefit every student. There are all sorts of educational apps for the iPad that allow students to work and excel at their own pace making learning a lot more effective for everyone.
10. Improved organization
From kindergarten to college, many students of all ages have trouble staying organized and keeping up with all their books and materials. iPads are perfect for helping students stay organized and prepared for class allowing them to store books, notes, papers, and classwork all on their iPads. No more “the dog ate my homework “ excuses.
From kindergarten to college, the key to engaging students and enhancing learning is to bring technology to the classroom. With more than 18,000 educational apps available through Apple’s app store, educators everywhere are realizing iPads and other mobile devices are not just cool toys anymore; they are formidable and effective learning tools that offer educators more diverse methods of engaging and educating students.
If your school is considering bringing iPads or other mobile devices to your school wireless network, the first step is having network architecture to support those mobile devices. SecurEdge Networks provides planning, deployment, and design for school wireless networks. We have designed indoor and outdoor wireless networks for schools and colleges all over the country. Contact us here with any questions or for a Free Consultation or download one of our free resources. Good Luck!