1:1 Elementary iPad implementation
Type of Technology: iPAD
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Level: Elementary
Cost: $400-500 per iPAD
Should 1:1 iPads be at every school site? There has been much debate as to whether this implementation process has been worth all the glitches. Being at a pilot school where we first rolled out our iPads last Spring, there has been much chatter between parents, students and teachers as to whether or not it has been beneficial for all.
To be perfectly honest, I never realized what a gift these tools were in my classroom until they were gone for updating purposes at the District Office. I have a class of 36 elementary students, and I run my classroom in rotations of 12 all day long. For Math, Language Arts, History, and Science having 1:1 iPads has proven to be the most beneficial way for students to learn.
When the iPads were introduced, I was excited, but a little nervous. How was I going to monitor all of my students searches? Would they follow the new iPAD rules? What happens if they forgot them on a daily basis? So many thoughts and questions went through my head. However, once we all had them and started working with them, it became very clear what an amazing asset these were to Room 28. I started finding cool sites, interactive games, and assigning students projects that were self-monitored. Isn’t that what Common Core is all about? Giving students more independence and real-life application through technology?
For the past two weeks, my students iPads have been updated to a system that seems very user-friendly. They have all of their applications and needed project builders all in one place. When the iPads were not in my classroom, I found it very difficult to figure out how to run my group rotations. I was so used to giving my students differentiated projects on Keynote, or having them log into their Reading Plus program accounts, that I started to answer my own question: Should 1:1 iPADs be at every site? YES. They should. Which opinions matter the most? I think hearing what the students have to say. When asked the same question, here is what some of my students said:
“Every student should have the opportunity to have this technology.”
“It is better to type then handwrite because sometimes I struggle with that.”
“Instead of 40 books in your backpack you only have to carry one iPad.”
“It helps me study.”
Some parents and teachers may disagree, and trust me, I have had my own fair share of issues with some things that have happened during this implementation process. But, the big picture is this: my students are learning. They are integrating. They are applying what they know. They are using technology in a way that is helping them learn.