Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tips for Effectively Managing Your iPad Classroom

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tips for Effectively Managing Your iPad Classroom

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Sam Gliksman runs iPads in Education, a Ning network that has drawn several thousand educators and other people interested in exploring the use of iPads in schools. He has captured much of what he's gleaned from working with schools and teachers on their iPad programs in a new book, iPad in Education for Dummies. Recently, he shared with T.H.E. Journal his best advice on what to do before a rollout and how to help an iPad classroom run as smoothly as possible to let teachers focus on the learning, not the technology.

1. iPads Aren't Meant to Be Shared

From its earliest days, the iPad was designed for personal--not "institutional"--use, Gliksman says. It caches the user's information, which means that the next time it's turned on, the user sees whatever was left by the person who used it previously. Also, neither the iPad nor "the vast majority" of apps have login procedures.

"In grades one, two, and three, you're probably fine with that. Nobody's putting anything too sensitive on there," he adds. But as the students get older, work tends to be more personal and private and requires a higher level of security.

Gliksman's advice: If you're thinking about implementing a shared iPad program in a classroom fourth grade and above, "you're much better off with a 1-to-1" that uses some other kind of device that will be more manageable.

2. Figure Out Workflow

According to Gliksman, what catches most schools up is that they buy iPads "and just assume that it's a different form of computer and they can handle them the same way--and they simply can't. …

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