My husband bought me an iPad around 2 years ago and (being me) was a bit wary of it to start with. Now, I love it, and it is rarely far from me. Amongst other things, I have installed many educational apps, stories and songs on it and have found it to be a very valuable tool when I have been on pracs. Many of the students I work with also own iPads, mainly used for games, but several also use it as a tool for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). I began wondering about the benefits of iPad use in education and found this blog by Ashley Wainwright entitled 8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education.
The blog cites a variety of studies which show the positive benefits of iPad use on students and teachers. It seems that right across the board from Kindergartners to university medical students, iPad technology in the classroom can be a powerful learning tool for learning and comprehension.
In my upcoming prac, I don’t actually know what ICTs will be available to use but I really hope at the least, the students will have access to iPads to enrich the lessons I will deliver.