Sam Gliksman, secondary school teacher and independent consultant specialized in educational technology, has issued in the social network iPad in Education an interesting article that reviews key aspects related to the incorporation of the iPad into the teaching methodology.
Gliksman begins by warning about the risk that schools run of implementing technological tools without a prior planning process to identify and assess the associated infrastructure requirements and to establish the educational achievement that want to be obtained by them. Without the proper preparation, technology initiatives usually became expensive failures and the purchased equipment is inefficiently used.
Based on this observation, the author develops an extensive checklist of issues in which he outlines the main factors that a school should bear in mind when dealing with projects that seek to incorporate the iPad into the dynamics of the classroom.
The first part of the list focuses on technical and structural line of arguments, which go from the most obvious ones (solid incoming bandwidth, reliable wireless signal in the classroom, the establishment of procedures for - loading and installing applications, distributing and collecting the iPads among students- teachers technology training), to more specific topics (multiple accounts on the Internet, download and manage content and applications, parental control ...), to the most curious ones (do your classrooms have appropriate ambient lighting for iPad use?)
The second part focuses on the issues that must be answered to ensure a proper adjustment with the educational objectives and requirements established by the curricular framework. So that the way the device is used, will be a real improvement of the teaching procedures carried out in the centre.
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