Assignment 1

Websites and Articles

1. How Will the iPad Change Education?

Renolds, R. (2010). How will the ipad change education., Retrieved from

This blog excerpt was written by Rob Reynolds on the topic of 21st Century Learning;
Can you imagine charging students a textbook “rental” or “subscription” fee instead of having them buy the texts? This could soon be reality thanks to the Apple iPad. The benefits are endless. Texts could be immediately updated and there is nothing to throw away, which reduces waste in landfills. The iPad will help students learn in a hands on way in the era of digital technology. Productivity increases because students are able to learn on the go. The iPad is multifunctional, not just an e-reader. They are mobil, available, and affordable. Most importantly, the iPad is about community. It allows students to connect with one another, which is a skill that’s mandatory for success in the 21st century.

2. Measuring the iPads Potential for Education

McCrea, Bridget. (2010). Measuring the ipadspotential for education. The Journal, Retrieved from

This article discusses how the iPad could change education from a student’s perspective. When the iPad was revealed, some students weren’t as excited as the rest of us. Students today are submersed in technology. The fact that they aren’t submersed in it in a school setting is usually because of budget. Teachers reported however that they are excited by the iPad’s possibility to connect teachers to students. Some worry about the cost effectiveness of the iPad but agree that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Besides replacing textbooks, the iPad will allow students to use various multimedia that they can take with them. School districts need to embrace the fact that kids need and use technology and use it to our advantage. The sooner, the better.

3. Weighing in on the iPad in Education

Black, David. (2010). Weighing in on the ipad in education. Elements Unearthed, Retrieved from

This article summarizes multiple iPad uses for the science classroom. Some of the uses are common such as the ability to replace textbooks, increase collaboration and increase technology skills for students. There are a few new ideas that I learned for the iPad such as online testing. The iPad would allow teachers to create assessments that students could do directly on their iPad’s and then receive instant feedback. Labs can come to life virtually through the iPad, especially with its accelerometer and getural controls that allow students to weigh reagents for chemical reactions, calculate atomic weights and analyze results. Finally, the iPad would be useful in the science classroom to show podcasts such as the history of the periodic table.

4. Pearson Launches iPad History Curriculum

Quillen, Ian. (2010). Pearson launches ipad history curriculum. Ed Week, Retrieved from

This article discusses how several publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson, have dove into digital publishing. Pearson recently unveiled a completely iPad-based social studies curriculum for 7th-9th students. While this is just a pilot, the program has huge potential to impact education. While this may be the first curriculum for the iPad, it definitely won’t be the last. I look forward to incorporating this type of technology into my science classes.

5. Educators intrigued by Apple’s iPad

New tablet device brings color to eBook reading -- and a larger screen for iPhone applications

Carter, Dennis. (2010, January 10). Educators intrigued by apple's ipad. eSchoolNews, Retrieved from

In this article Dennis Carter discusses how the introduction of the Apple iPad is pushing publishers to provide more digital books. School campuses nationwide are adopting the iPad so students are able to download their textbooks instead of carrying them around. The iPad has been marketed as being more intimate than a laptop and more capable than an iPhone. Many students, publishers, and educators alike are excited about the iPad’s capabilities. Even though tablet computers have been around for a while, the iPad’s color, interactivity and potential make it a win-win product for everyone.

6. The iPad & Education

Offen, neil. (2010). The ipad & education. The Heral Sun, Retrieved from

Neil Offen hits a home run with his article about iPads and education. iPads can have a huge and positive impact in education. A lot of school is reading. How convenient and effective would it be if students could work with an iPad which combines reading, reference and technology all in one? Offen also reports that with the iPad students can have a more open education that allows more collaboration and course integration.

7. Big grant will help West St. Paul school go 'paperless'

Seroka, Scott. (2010, September 10). Big grant will help west st. paul school go 'paperless'. Kare11News, Retrieved from

The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District received $6 million in grant money to use to purchase technology for the 690 students that go there. The money will be split between two elementary schools and one middle school. The money will be used to purchase things such as Elmo’s, Smart Boards. Each student at the middle school will also receive an iPad. The Principal at that middle school says that the school plans on being 95% paperless before the grant money is used up. Administration is excited that the students will have 24/7 access to their learning and will be ahead of the technology learning curve.