Monday, December 10, 2012

My school visit

My school's visit

I pads I pads I pads are they a tool to play or a tool to learn from? should we support it or fight against it? before giving an answer to these questions I would like to share with you my visit to Paul Ecke Central Elementary School.


this is a private school at San Diego that uses ipads in their classes. I have went to one of the classes and the students were using their iPads to present different topics. the students have made their own video and used their voices to present the topics.
It was so nice to see how the students were pluging their ipads to the data show. they were also helping each other if one of them had a technician problem. the teacher stood far from the student who is presenting that shows how the students were comfortable using technology. It also show how she trust their technical skills.

we then went to another class where we were exposed to tests on iPads. the teacher can set questions, the students will answer and she can see the percentage of who answered the questions. but unfortunately this test did not work.

we talked then to the students I knew that they have their homework on their ipads and they have access to it at home.
At this class they also use books and paper and pencil. So they are using a combination between technology and traditional tools which I liked.


We then went to a class were they learn in Spanish it was a dual class. It is a kind of teaching were they will teach for some years a language and after these certain amount of time they will switch to another language.
What I liked is that when we entered a student just came to us confidently and talked to us and answered our questions.


Well returning to the question I asked at the top of the post, are iPads  tools to play with or are they tools to learn from? should we support it or fight against it?
I think that it depends on the things the kids do with the ipads and on the way we direct them to use it. It can be a very useful tool and it is also can be a wast of time tool.

It is also important to have a balance between ipads and the things that kids have to be to be kids(like plying out side and using paper and pen).
kids still need to use their hands and play with sand.




1 comment:

  1. This balance is very important when integrating iPads into the classroom, I agree.

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