This past Saturday on Classroom 2.0 LIVE, Joe Dale from the UK, presented on using iPad apps in the classroom. We had over 112 people join us for his presentation and the hour long webinar was not long enough for him to share all the apps he wanted to and how he uses each app! We definitely need to a follow up show on this topics. On our survey at the end of each show, we get lots of requests about doing future shows on using iPads and mobile devices in the classroom so there is great interest right now about strategies and apps for using mobile devices in the classroom.
On February 2nd, Alex Dunn will present ways to use iPads as part of the Universal Design for Learning Toolkit. That will be another fantastic session featuring innovative ways to incorporate this mobile device into various content areas.
Each time we have a presenter talk about mobile devices, and primarily focusing on iPads, our webinars generate a lot of interest with participants indicating they have a significant positive impact on their teaching and influence in the classroom. This is so rewarding to hear those comments and get that feedback that our webinars help educators refine and enhance their teaching repertoire. I only wish that these devices were available and accepted for use in the classroom when I was still teaching on a campus. Talk about transforming your teaching and impact on student achievement in your classroom!
I share this, not just to promote our show but of course that is part of the reason, but to stress how important it is for administrators and educators become change agents to influence the stakeholders and decision makers to explore the use of these devices in the classroom and revise AUPs to allow this technology usage. The devices can be expensive and with grants or e-rate funding allocations can be made to purchase the devices.
But just having the devices and technology available to a teacher does not mean that the devices will be utilized to their full potential. Not every teacher will buy in and support the use of these devices in their classroom. That is where technology specialists and coordinators can make a big impact on effecting change on their campus or within their departments.
Below is the webinar that Joe Dale presented for us. If you are interested in using mobile devices in your classroom and are receiving some push back from administrators, superintendents, IT personnel, etc. feel free to share the video below or the resources featured in the webinar that can be found in the Livebinder we created for this session. Click on the tab that says “Joe Dale” to access the apps and review the content that he shared during the session. Although Joe Dale is not the only presenter that we have had on our show, he is the most recent presenter on this hot topic of the moment. Be sure to check out the archives and resources page of our website for additional webinars from fantastic guests on using iPads or mobile devices in the classroom.