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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

interviews: ESOL & Foundation Studies tutors

These tutors were interviewed together.

Foundation Studies Tutor

How she had used the iPads:

  • The iPads were used for a specific project around designing an imaginary garden

Benefits: Read more ►

Getting Started: the tutors

The tutors

The tutors

The first meeting of the tutors from the Technology for Learning Delivery course happened in September. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions at the end of the course, it was never possible for everyone to find an agreed time to meet all together.

Here is an outline of individual ideas (from those who made this first meeting )for how they can use the iPads with their students.

ESOL tutor

Has experience of using a single iPad in a class and wants to explore using a class set. Currently thinking about ways to ‘sell’ it to the students so they can use technology for communication and collaboration. Interested to see if using mobile technology will make her job (as a language teacher) easier & how using iPads will differ from using mobile phones or laptops.

Teacher Education

Has experience of encouraging and supporting trainee teachers on part time in-service programs. Has asked her year 2 returners if they have access to mobile technologies. She has an assignment on making resources inclusive and want to explore how the JISC resources can be linked to the iPads.


Wants to compare using maths apps with higher and lower level maths groups

ESOL/Teacher Education    

I had a new group of 16-18 E1 ESOL students for PSD and ICT. I have never taught this age group or these functional skills qualifications before. I want to see what skills the students need to be able to access the iPads, how these are similar or different to desktop skills. I also want to explore the SAMR model to see what added extras we get from using mobile technologies.