iPad vs Computer – typing test

iPad vs Computer – typing test

  There are many criticisms and barriers put up when one discusses the implementation of mobile devices in schools. These range from the philosophical to the practical and one that comes up often is the ‘fact’ that students can’t type productively on an iPad, especially when compared with a traditional keyboard on a PC or laptop. In March 2013, Brady Cline released a blog post with the results of a small scale test amongst...

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Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

Successful 1:1 integration – A How To Guide…

Easier as it would be to pretend otherwise, the truth is that integrating mobile technology into a school is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing. That said, there are some basic principles which I think probably stand true for all schools going on this journey. This graphic illustrates the model which I think any school would benefit from understanding if not following.   To explain it briefly I believe that there needs to be a...

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Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

Why Technology Integration Fails in the Classroom

Over the last year I have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say to me that their school, or a school they know has purchased X number of (usually, but not exclusively) iPads but they weren’t sure why, they didn’t know what the goal was and they weren’t sure what they were supposed to be doing with them.   A number of schools buy a test set of devices, maybe even as many as 50 or 100, and when you...

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Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

Why we must not fear the rise of the Robot Teacher

Robot teachers seem inevitable. Technology is developing at such a pace that teachers are entirely overwhelmed by what is available to them in the classroom. As a classroom teacher who tries very hard to stay on top of these things I can tell you that it doesn’t matter how much time you dedicate to reading and trying out new apps, gadgets and software, if you go onto Twitter at any given moment you will be made to feel inadequate and...

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Our students our connected…so why disconnect them!

Our students our connected…so why disconnect them!

Please beware, I will mention the iPad in a positive way during this article. Cynics and the ill-informed may look away now. I find it very frustrating reading about all the great work that is going in to trialling, testing and implementing education technology only to then read the reactions of those who post ‘comments’ afterwards. Very rarely does anyone write an endorsement or support for those that propose edtech can make a...

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The 5 Best Devices for Mobile Learning

The 5 Best Devices for Mobile Learning

This post has been written for Cageless Thinking by Bryan Baker. Bryan works with LeanForward, a mobile learning company.  There are many mobile devices out there today that allow users to surf the internet, play games and download applications. In addition to being a great source of entertainment, mobile devices are also an excellent tool for learning and education. Technology has always played a major part in continuing the education of...

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