iPads in Education

It’s been a very long time since I have posted on here, mainly due to young family and exciting times in school. I will now be turning this blog into a diary charting my journey with using iPads and other Apple products in school.

Since September I have been doing a lot of work and research into effective use of, primarily iPads in schools. I have visited Frasier Speirs @ Cedars School for Excellence in Glasgow and Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea, both leaders in this field. The first hand experiences at both these places along with various blogs I have been following have enabled me to understand the potential of these devices in enhancing learning and engagement in school.

Simon Pridham, Headteacher at Casllwchwr starts his presentations with a fantastic comparison of operating theatres and classrooms in the 19th century and in the 21st century, highlighting how the basic layout of the classroom hasn’t changed much in over 100 years whereas the operating theatre has changed beyond recognition, largely due to the use of technology.

He also talks about his daughter who will leave education in 2032, and he asks ‘Will technology be as important then?’ and ‘Will it look any different?’, 2 questions that underpin what we are trying to do with technology in classrooms now. Think about what your answer would be.

In all my travels and conversations with pupils using iPads, the one thing that comes across loud and clear is that using these devices is ‘real life’. Why should the inside and outside of the classroom be any different? Pupils are using technology in all walks of life, yet in schools, pupils are being told not to use mobile phones and technology! We are preparing our pupils for jobs that don’t even exist yet! Isn’t it our job to prepare them the best way possible for whatever is around the corner? How many adults in life, now don’t use any form of technology?

I passionately believe that technology is not a replacement for anything in schools but an enhancement that should be treated like a pen, pencil and exercise book. It should exist seamlessly alongside other resources. Hence me sitting here writing this, I hope this blog will be informative and useful to others starting out on their journey with technology. I plan to share the ups and downs and ‘wow’ moments in the hope that my pupils and pupils in other schools will be inspired to do great things.

My next post will be where we are in my school. In the meantime, check out the links below.

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