There has been much debate in our community if whether, or not, iPads in the classroom are a good idea. Some people believe they are too much of a distraction and limits personal interaction. Others believe that it allows students to better share their work and prepare for this 21st century world.
I have been lucky enough to experience iPads in the classroom, first hand. My teachers have revised their lessons to better incorporate these tablets into the learning experience. Each of the students in my class has their own iPad that they use throughout the day. We are also allowed to take them home.
I like the concept of having technology play an important role in education. However, I don’t think using iPads is the right way to do this. They are great for doing research, but when it comes to other things, it gets tricky. Teachers often expect us to take notes, write stories, and create complex projects on our tablet. This is extremely frustrating because there is only so much a student can do with an iPad. In many ways, we are limited to how well the iPad is functioning. Often times, we have to deal with glitches and apps crashing.
This takes away from the time we should be spending learning. For example, if the Wi-Fi was to go down in the school, teachers would have a hard time conducting class. Right now, we are relying too heavily on the internet. When the Wi-Fi goes down, students can’t do their online work and the iPads become useless.
Overall, I think Central had good intentions when they gave us iPads. It has been a fun experience working with these tablets, but I would not recommend this become a nation wide thing. There are too many problems that could result from the use of these tablets. Sometimes, the old ways are the right ways. I’d take my pencil and paper over a stylus and a tablet any day.