I received my first iPad a few months ago. Learning how to use this “new” technology and also thinking about how this technology can be used in the classroom has been daunting to me.
I first needed to learn how to use the technology, how to download applications, and yes, “how to turn it on and off”. The second part of the equation is to think about how an iPad can enhance the learning of mathematics. I’m just beginning this journey.
This summer I will be fortunate to facilitate a two week-long math grant. The technology of choice? The iPad 2. Bentley Richert will be the technology guru who will be helping our teachers during those two weeks – not only learn how to use their iPads but to also understand the impact iPads can have on learning.
I’m excited to be a part of this learning for myself.
I always have to remember a quote I once heard
technology is only technology to those of us who did not grow up with it. If we grew up using it, it’s a tool.
This makes it less scary. I have no doubt students in the math classroom will pick up on this tool much quicker than the grownups will.
And I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we make our way through the two-week project!