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Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not?


Within weeks of becoming available, the iPad reportedly sold over 3 million units, a brisker pace than other tablets in the personal computer realm. Much of the early success might be attributed to the almost 250,000 applications that could run on the device and a similar interface to the popular iPod Touch and iPhone. This article considers whether the sales spark that has ignited a hardware revolution (numerous device manufacturers have launched–e.g., HP, RIM, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC–or have plans to launch tablet devices over the next year) is being matched on the software front, with a particular focus on K-12 teaching and learning. Authors consider the potential affect both the iPad and its applications might have on teaching and learning in K-12 settings and whether these technologies allow educators and students to accomplish what they otherwise could not, from a teaching and learning perspective.

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Murray, O.T., Olcese, N.R. Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not?. TECHTRENDS TECH TRENDS 55, 42–48 (2011).

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  • tablet
  • educational technology
  • one to one computing
  • 21st century skills