As the popularity of Apple technology soars, more educators are taking note and using it in the classroom. The iPad, specifically, has been receiving much attention as a great tool for motivating and engaging students, as well as easing teachers' jobs. Some pilot schools have even issued iPads to all students to asses the impact of technology integration on school performance.
The best education apps, according to technology writer Derek Walter, are the following:
The whiteboard app allows teachers to record their lessons and upload them so that the student can access them again at the student's convenience. No more "Can you show me that problem again?" Just rewind and the whiteboard app does it for you.
This app assigns each student a little monster icon that appears on the iPad screen. Teachers can motivate students to good behavior by adding or subtracting points from their on-screen personas. Students love this app because of their familiarity with such virtual representations of themselves.
Great for astronomy teachers, but also anyone wanting to inspire awe at the immensity of the universe: this app, when the iPad is pointed at the night sky, details the galaxies, nebulae and constellations in that region of the sky. A great, interactive teaching tool.
Technology is here to stay, and the smartest of educators are changing with the times by integrating it into their classrooms. As teachers and as parents, we'd all be very well-advised to leverage our students' fascination with anything technological to inspire in them a love of learning. It's a fantastic opportunity - don't miss it!