Mobile Computing | CT 2011 Coverage By John K. Waters 07/26/11
For some, the jury is still out on the potential of Apple’s popular iPad tablet device as a learning tool. Not for Jenna Linskens, Kristi Shaw, Robert Wagner, and Marian University, the small Catholic and Franciscan school in Indianapolis where they all teach. Marian offers a three-credit course to masters students in the graduate school of education on the iPad. Although that class is primarily attended by grad students, it has also become popular with local K-12 teachers.
“We teach them how to use and implement iPads in the classroom,” explained Shaw, who’s an assistant professor at Marian. “The device is just amazing.”
What makes the iPad amazing as a teaching technology, besides its category-defining form factor, is the exploding selection of apps that run on it, said Linskens, an instructor in Marian’s education technology department—including those specifically designed for educational purposes and those that started out as something else.
“I know of a teacher who’s using ‘Angry Birds’ to teach physics,” she said. “So go ahead, download that game if you want to. Even if you don’t find a way to use it to teach, it’ll help you get better at using the device.”
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