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Teaching with Tablets

Teaching with Tablets

April 2015 | 152 pages | Learning Matters

The presence of handheld technologies in the classroom isn't enough - you need to know how to use them to enhance teaching and transform learning. 

As more and more primary schools acquire devices such as iPads and tablets, it is becoming clear that adding them as a classroom resource is not enough. Teachers and trainees need strategies to integrate these into existing learning contexts in a meaningful way. Without this, these fantastic resources lose their value.

This book helps teachers to make the most of these devices in the primary classroom. It offers guidance on:

  • how to use tablets to devise meaningful learning activities
  • embed them in genuine curriculum contexts, drawing upon case studies from existing practice

It is written for non-specialists and explains technical terms in an accessible, practical way. Each chapter begins with a case study contributed by a teacher using tablets in schools. Real life examples and comments like this give the text a truly practical focus. The book's Pinterest board includes the apps mentioned in the book as well as a handy infographic for a snapshot guide on starting off your tablet  teaching journey. 

A note from the authors

The use of technology in schools continues to evolve rapidly as new devices and tools become available, and the adoption of mobile devices such as iPads and tablets has been a particularly exciting development in recent years. The benefits offered by these technologies, such as their portability, connectivity, accessibility and range of media, present new challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning. As the take up of tablets gathers pace in our schools there is a need for advice on the best approaches and apps to help achieve successful learning outcomes. Teachers need to find meaningful ways to integrate the devices into their own practice and to evaluate which of the many thousands of educational apps might be appropriate for their pupils.

This book considers how iPads and tablets can be used to enhance teaching and learning in primary schools. It is especially relevant in the light of the computing curriculum, which puts a new emphasis on children as makers and creators of digital content. Across other curriculum subjects too, the introduction of mobile devices that can be quickly and reliably accessed has precipitated a shift in practice. For example, they have enabled teachers and children to spontaneously pursue lines of inquiry, to connect, collaborate and publish in many different ways, and to use their digital skills to enhance their exploration of the physical world outside the classroom.

With these opportunities in mind, we offer anecdotes from the classroom and examples of how tablets might be embedded within current pedagogy and practice as a natural learning tool. Each chapter combines a practical case study with discussion of related pedagogy, and recommends apps to support a personalised, inclusive and active approach to teaching and learning.

Theme: Combining Media
Chapter 1: Manipulating Media
Chapter 2: Digital Storytelling
Theme: Visible Learning
Chapter 3: Visible Learning
Chapter 4: Talk and Collaboration
Theme: Personalised Learning
Chapter 5: Individual Needs
Chapter 6: Early Years
Theme: Any Place Learning
Chapter 7: Technology Outdoors
Chapter 8: Children as Researchers
Theme: Computing Curriculum
Chapter 9: Computing
Chapter 10: Touch Physics

Really, really useful book to help improve teaching using technology successfully.

Mrs Alicia Hawkes
Education, Totton College
June 19, 2015

Very useful AND gives practical examples too.

Mr Rouen Gargan
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
September 14, 2015

Good for ideas on using innovative technology in the classroom

Mrs Fiona Routh
Health and Social Development, Burnley College
June 15, 2015

Great resource for early years students to enable them to think about and plan how they can use technology within the classroom, this books was easy to read and follow.

Mrs Caroline Larmour
University of Cumbria, University of Cumbria
June 9, 2015

Will be useful to BA3 students who are completing a primary English module with a theme of digital literacies. The case studies in this book will be a useful stimulus for trainee teachers to explore possibilities for using tablets (and therefore digital literacies) in their practice and to identify how projects such as the ones in this book provide opportunities for children to work towards objectives in the National Curriculum programmes of study for English.

Ms Jemma Monkhouse
Department of Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University
May 20, 2015

A very practical look at embracing new technology in education

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
August 27, 2015

Overall this books gives a great overview for the area in which it was developed for.
In most areas the book reads of well with an overall good structure and language suitable for the level of understanding it was aimed for.

Mr Fraz Dar
Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University
May 8, 2015

Extremely useful. Clear, well structured and accessible, with practical examples throughout.

Mr Steve Dixon
Education, Newman University
May 2, 2015

There are limited texts of its king in circulation and having invested in the hardware it's great to see a guidance manual for practitioners.

Mrs Shauna McGill
school of education, Ulster University
April 22, 2015

This is a very concise easy to read book, which is great for trainee teachers. Very current and innovative

Mrs Lynne Berry
Education, Liverpoool Hope University
April 17, 2015

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