Integrating iPads into the K-5 Classroom
Hello, and welcome to this fully asynchronous course! This course is designed to discuss how to effectively integrate iPads into the K-5 classrooms, whether you’re a pre-service teacher, a teacher within the K-5 discipline, or you are just looking to increase your knowledge on how to meaningfully utilize iPads for academic purposes. iPads are beneficial for all styles of learners and are useful tools to support learning across contents areas, including Literacy (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, etc. According to Alex Duin (2012), “The iPad is a tablet computer first offered by Apple in 2010. Although a few rival models were previously available, the iPad is largely credited with creating the current market for tablets – by late 2012, more than 100 million iPads had been sold worldwide”.
Are you ready to learn the ins-and-outs of the iPad? Well, let’s get ready to increase our technology skills and turn our iPads onto Do Not Disturb and get focused without any distractions! Unsure of what the iPad’s Do Not Disturb feature is? Head on over to unit 1 to change that!
Introductory Activity: Throughout the length of this course, you will be required to reflect on your prior knowledge heading into a new unit, while also reflecting on your knowledge at the conclusions of a unit. It is important that prior to beginning any course, we get to know one another a bit more. The following link will take you to our courses discussion page through Google Slides:
When the Presentation opens, create a new slide under "Introduce Yourself". Once you're written a bit about who you are and your discipline of choice, be sure to click the link that says, "return to course homepage". This will take you back here to read a bit more about the course!
At the conclusion of this mini course, participants will be able to
- Identify the basic features/functions of an iPad.
- Utilize the features/functions of an iPad to accommodate student needs.
- Describe how iPads increase productivity.
- Critique the impact of Web 2.0 tools used in their classroom.
- Assess the benefits of iPads in the K-5 classrooms.
- Construct a portfolio of Web 2.0 that increased productivity in the K-5 setting and can be accessed on iPads.
This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.
Unit 1 is an introduction to the course and the basic features and functions of an iPad. In this unit, you will learn the physical features and functions of an iPad. Through the first lesson, you will support your learning by understanding how iPads can be tools for differentiated instruction and accommodating students in the K-5 classrooms.
How do iPads increase productivity within the classroom setting? What is productivity? Why is it important to increase productivity through the integration of iPad usage? Come on over to Unit 2 and expand your knowledge of productivity.
Unit 2 taught us all about productivity and the reasons it is important to increase productivity in the K-5 setting. Now that we have this foundation of knowledge and how we can use iPads through the features/functions and how they increase productivity, it is essential that we find Web 2.0 tools that we can utilize in our classrooms to support learners.
For the final unit of this course, learners are expected to analyze the impact iPads have or will have on their students. Learners are to assess the Web 2.0 tools from Unit 3, and reflect on how appropriate they are for their specific discipline. This will help us as a community of learners understand where specific tools fit into the curriculum and how we can adapt or modify content to meet the needs of our students.
References and Resources
- Duin, A. (2012) What is an iPad? Retrieved from https://www.digitalunite.com/guides/tablet-computers/what-ipad
- Shaikh, R. (2013) Figure 1- iPad Start Up. Retrieved from WCCFTech https://wccftech.com/how-to-setup-ipad-air-and-get-started-on-the-new-tablet/