Excited ramblings on having an iPad at home.

Having recently  joined this project I have been doing some research on using apps in the classroom.  I have found the JISC blog really useful. I did a search for ‘dyslexia’ and I enjoyed spending some time exploring the resources on the site:


I have a LONG list of articles I’ve read. My feeling is there is a lot of work being done in primary schools. I don’t understand why we ar so far behind. I spoke to a colleague in college and her daughter gets to take home an iPad from school. It is a real share we don’t have that opportunity for our FE students (it would be nice to have it for the tutors!!)

Having access to an iPad at home is great. My daughter has an iPad too so I have learnt a lot from her. I can now do a screenshot! It is so handy to have the iPad, I read it a lot in bed and it is so comfortable. I would never do this with my laptop. I read it a lot at bedtime – should I be doing that??

I didn’t put in a proposal to do my own action research project, but I was nervous about time – I’ve got 125 functional skills students to get through their exams!! Maybe next year I can apply to do my own project.

I’m really keen to take these into the class and I’m very frustrated by them not working. I hope next week that the students can get their writing tasks finished leaving a good 1/2 hour to have a ‘play’ with the iPads. I have two choices, either I will have them for the last 30mins as a reward for finishes, or I may give them first, then say once they’ve finished their writing they can use them again. Ss could also look to use speech to text to help them write their assignment.


*Mo joined our project just before 1/2 term and is exploring using a college iPad at home and the class set with an E3-L2 functional skills group

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