iPads in the Classroom

What does the 1:1 mean for Good Shepherd Learners?
“By 2020 or sooner, it will be all about ‘just-in-time knowledge’. In a world of fast knowledge development, none of us will have the capability to know much of anything at all. The most important skill we will have will be the ability to go out to get the right knowledge for the right purpose at the right time.”  IMG_1948.JPG
A 1:1 environment should be the goal of every learning institution, however the iPad has not taken over the classroom at Good Shepherd, nor has it replaced quality teaching. Teachers have welcomed the device like their predecessors welcomed the chalkboard, the calculator and the CD-ROM. The device gives our students a better opportunity to share, connect and seek out information. The iPad is not a distraction, but another arm of the classroom. It is not always on display. There are times when the best lessons are done with the absence of the iPad.
Students are being taught that the iPad is an avenue for learning and discovery, but it cannot replace their ability to think critically or creatively, or to question and choose strategies to solve real life problems. These are the skills that our students will need to be effective citizens. With the iPad, they will have access to an overabundance of information and potential answers, but it will not give them the strategies to filter the information, solve problems and com-municated their findings. The General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum: Critical and Creative Thinking Capability and Information and Communication Technology Capability demand that we give our students the skills to be critical and creative thinkers and to be ICT competent.
Our teachers are incorporating technology into the classroom, and are reflecting on its use to plan for the future. Students have become competent in the use of different Apps and are becoming more efficient in the use of the iPad.
Jim Carroll’s predictions about knowledge by 2020 will impact on us all. Our current Prep students will still be in primary school, so we can only imagine what the knowledge growth trends will be by the time they enter the workforce!