My students are always working on projects, doing research on the internet and sharing information with each other. It is a great idea for the students to have a tablet at hand to research, share and obtain information.
I have an international classroom; in a typical year there are 13 different languages spoken in the classroom.
This year, I have one student who is learning English for the first time.
It is fantastic to have such a diverse classroom. Students range from early English Language speakers to highly capable students. The students are curious and highly motivated. As such, I challenged them in a good number of research projects, ranging from Washington state regions projects, Native American research, Civil War, math, science and other engaging tasks. The students are hard workers and deserve to have equipment that will assistant in their education.
iPads are a great research tool that can be easily shared among students. Students will use the two iPad tablets in finding information, share with group members, revise research and continue obtaining all necessary information to complete a task. For my ELL students, they can use the tablet at their desk to translate words they may not know in English and communicate with their peers more effectively. Also, students can use whatever information and projects they have with the entire class when connected to the display projector.
I want my students to be innovative, assertive and take the initiative in their education.
What I really appreciate about tablets are that they are very kid friendly, the movements with one's fingers and ability to zoom in or out details. It is very easy to use and thus students are more likely to use it. I want my kids to work and learn, and whatever tools help them to do so I am all for them.
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