I have been using IPads for two months  in classroom as a way to study mathematics, and I have several points to bring up about the experience. Firstly, I find it a vivid and unique experience. I truly do! It is a good way to look up many exercises, solve problems, find many apps to educate ourselves. I really enjoy the problem solving. I think it more engaging and interactive. Usually by the end f the day I don't feel like studying something logical or complicated. I come into the classroom with the feeling that Im going to fall asleep, but the technology engages me and I like working on my IPad, doing any kind of work. Secondly, I think my efficiency has been brought significantly down with the usage of IPads. I enjoy the work, but I realise that I'm doing much less actual math, because it takes much more time to start working and it takes much more time to write and look for documents on a single device. I find paperwork much quicker and easier to manipulate. For instance, it takes much more time to write something on Notability or Penultimate that on paper. By the time I would have finished all the problems on paper, I'm still writing numbers for the first one. Thirdly, I do not enjoy video making, because it is the largest time waste of all. Explain Everything is a great app, but again, it is so problematic: the pen is not working properly, the videos sometimes glitch when loading, it is difficult to manipulate and arrange all the pieces together on the slides. I think it would have been better to try another app maybe? Or maybe try some other way of sharing our work with others.
Mr Murphy
11/18/2013 03:36:11

Hi George,

That is a well written reflection on the iPads, thank you for that. Do you think by doing less math this is detrimental? Perhaps it is of greater quality as you must explain the topics, it's only a thought and there is no one correct answer.

I am happy that you are engaged by the iPads, but I do wonder if there is a way we can be more efficient. I fell like maybe the iPads should be kept for special occasions or lessons?

Thank you for taking part in this research so maturely.


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