Here’s another set of perspectives from the New York Times on the growing role of technology in the classroom. I’ve been surprised to see the ways that the iPad has taken its place on our campus: there have been some great new learning opportunities (like the grammar app Ms. Denny uses in sophomore English), some new organizational tools for assignments (like Ms. McMichael’s use of Dropbox for theology assignments), and entirely new ways of interacting with information (like Mr. DeAnda’s iPad-based math text). Meanwhile, there have been a few major drawbacks (I’m looking at you, TopGirl users) that have required a new focus on the importance of placing smart limits on technology use. The jury is still out on the exact best practices for the iPad on our campus, and I’m encouraged by the thoughtful discussions that students and faculty have shared in the last year that help us continue to learn and grow.
Read on for a few more perspectives here: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/03/the-frontier-of-classroom-technology