Ipad`s in the Classroom

Paperless classrooms; two words that scare and excite me. Change is good right?

In Washington, a  school district  is wanting to become “paperless” in elementary, middle and high schools by using Ipads. I don’t believe this is beneficial to elementary students because even though technology is a huge part of our future, children still need to know how to handwrite and take part in art projects such as drawing and painting. There is also something important about using an actual book when a child is starting to read. What about math? How do students crunch out problems on a computer? It doesn’t give you that sense of a “hands on” work ethic but in the same breath, I think it is critical that children in elementary learn how to use computers and technology in the hours of school.

A paperless classroom would be more beneficial in middle years and high school years because by then, the perfection of writing should be down. The amount of sharing that can be done such as google doc’s and online learning is tremendous and would be a huge plus in high schools. It would allow students to learn and expand their knowledge of technology and social networking before venturing out into the “real world”. The one idea that keeps popping back into my head as I am writing this is the idea of problem solving and math. I keep thinking back to my high school years and what would have happened if I had to do math problems on a computer and couldn’t crunch out numbers..to me that would be very hard but every student is unique and learns in different ways and as soon to be teachers, we have to be ready to teach to a widespread variety of learners. For high school and university students E-books would be a great thing because there would be less textbooks to carry, less paper consumed and you could use one device, such as your Ipad, for all school related needs.

Imagine teaching in a classroom that was paperless? How would you have to alter your teaching? How would that affect your students? These are some questions I am asking myself because as a teacher, you have to be ready to take on new challenges that allow your students to grow and you should be prepared to grow with them.



7 thoughts on “Ipad`s in the Classroom

  1. Interesting. Today in Arts & Letters Daily, Don Delillo’s essay about whether poetry is possible without paper posed some similar questions. I have distributed paper twice this semester; in both cases, the paper was used to facilitate pair discussions away from class. However, although I am pleased with using 100 times less paper than in years past, I am not convinced that students are reading or viewing everything (or even most) of what is posted. That’s not the technology (never has it been so easy to access sources), that’s a reflection of a change in literacy practices.

    Getting back to your point about young children needing paper in early stages of literacy acquisition. I’m not sure that’s true, but you may be interested in looking at the development of fine motor control, and The Writing Road to Reading which advocates what you have described.

    Your comments and question are complex. No easy, straightforward answers.

  2. I managed to get paperles with my options classes last year and probably half way there with my core classes (social 8 and 9) by using Moodle, laptops and whatever devices students brought into the classroom. (We have open wireless) It was awesome and changed the way I taught. I have always been a guide on the side, but this moved me almost completely to a facilitation role. Some students loved it and other not so much but they were the minority. It is an exciting time to be in education.

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  4. I teach in higher education, so having a paperless classroom is possible for me, but I’m still not 100% paperless. I still give the occasional handout of news articles for my students to analyze (which I also link to online on our course home page), but I ask them to give me back the copies if they think they’re never going to look at the article again. 😉 Might as well be honest and save paper, right?

    I agree with you that younger students should still have writing skills, but I guess the question is – with the improving technologies of tablets and touch screens, would it be that bad to have them learn to write with a stylus? Is there a difference between a pencil and an eraser and a stylus with an “undo” button?

    You raise good questions. Thanks for getting me thinking!

  5. Thank you all so much for your comments and insights. I really appreciate the time you have taken to read my blogs. I am starting to find that learning through social networking is a very powerful thing!

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