The iPad is the first tablet computer from Apple and features a 9.7-inch touchscreen display and built-in Wi-fi. Introduced in 2010 the iPad is a revolutionary way to experience the Internet emails photo and video. Its main advantage is the ability to download thousands of applications or Apps from the iTunes library and other sources.
1975 IBMs First Portable Computer the IBM 5100. The 5100 weighed 60 pounds. 2010 Apples iPad their first tablet computer. The iPad weighs 25 ounces 3 Imagine being able to take a virtual field trip like this... Arches National Park Geology Tour HD provides an illustrated and narrated introduction to the geology of Arches National Park for the iPad. Depending on the lesson users can use the Geology Tour or Map view. The app (downloaded from iTunes) makes full use of pinching zooming swiping and orientation flipping. Swipe or use the arrow buttons to advance through the geology topics and tour photos. Narration is available with standard play buttons on the toolbar. 4 Interactive Toolkit
With the iPad students have all of the resources they need at their fingertips. Its truly an interactive toolkit that contains a built-in dictionary atlas maps photos and more.
iBooks is a free app that allows students and teachers to download and read books at the touch of a finger. Teachers can also store and read PDFs for class handouts research papers and more.
Could textbooks be a thing of the past
The iPad is a perfect tool for webquests at their fingertips. For a lesson on persuasive writing students can perform a webquest to search for examples of persuasive writing and types of persuasive speech as just one example.
Podcasts are a fantastic way students can interact more personally with the material reviewing it more than once moving to specific sections without the whole class having to watch the film multiple times. Great personalization of learning!
8 Apps Apps and more Apps
Apps are at the heart of the functionality of the iPad and this video demonstrating Star Walk is a perfect example of the capabilities. Star Walk is the 1 rated educational app from iTunes and youll be able to see why once you click on the video. The app automatically recognizes your exact location but also where the iPad is in relation to the night sky. It also uses the complete features of the iPad touchscreen location detection compass and accelerometers to give you an experience like no other. Why would students need a trip to the Plantarium when this provides a much more personal experience that can be modified to many lessons in science astronomy history and even Greek mythology
iWork is another app from Apple that is an easy way to create documents spreadsheets and presentations on the iPad. Within iWork is Pages an easy-to-use Word Processor while Keynote allows students to add animation and effects and Numbers which helps create attractive spreadsheets and charts within a presentation.
10 Accessibility Features
Perfect for students with disabilities the iPad comes with these built-in features
Playback of Closed-captioned content
VoiceOver- a unique feature that is a gesture-based screen reader for the blind.
11 Other Uses for Teachers
Differentiated instruction can be made easier through various apps that are available.
The iPad can be connected to a projector (LCD overhead etc) for dynamic lessons.
Professional development coursework is available from iTunes and other resources.
Thousands of free lectures videos podcasts and more via iTunes.
Built-in calendar notes maps and more.
A distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons films to labs audiobooks to tours and an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.
A great site with thousands of free podcasts from reputable sources that you can use on smartphones presentations blogs or send via email.
A great message-board site for educators to answer any and all questions regarding the iPad.
A website/blog dedicated to helping teachers conquer their fear of technology that includes many sections on the iPad.
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