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Monday, May 30, 2011

Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom

Dennis Pierce, Editor writes, "Our top story today describes a number of ways that eSchool News readers are using iPads in their classrooms. Also, in something of a surprise, the buzz coming from an annual publishing industry trade show last week had Barnes & Noble, and not Apple, as's top competitor in the eBook market … and college instructor Rebecca M.R. Costello offers five tips for connecting with online students."

eSN readers discuss their experiences using the iPad with their students. Whether you think it’s hot stuff or just fluff, the iPad has caught the eye of many educators. Here’s a list of five ways that eSchool News readers say they’re using iPads in the classroom.

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1. For intervention.

Gabrielle Smith from Etna Elementary has been using her iPad 2 in her fifth-grade classroom for roughly two months. Smith purchased the iPad with her own money and without reimbursement to test the device as a model for delivering Response to Intervention (RtI).

“I found an app called Math Drills, to help students with their math facts. After a school-wide math fact program, there were a certain number of students that still didn’t know their addition facts. Essentially, they had trouble with ‘at a snap’ recall of facts,” she explained.

“I put those few students on the iPad app, which gave them the opportunity to practice and then to test themselves. It kept track of their scores and showed their improvement. I’ve had students BEG me to allow them to practice their facts—under normal circumstances, what fifth-grader do you know [who] WANTS to practice their facts? I’ll take it! Each student has showed improvement in the quick recall of facts, and they want to. It can’t get much better than that.”

Source: eSchool News