Assignment 1: Article Summaries

Article 1: How Will the iPad Change Education & Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education
The article, "How Will the iPad Change Education?", gives us an idea on how iPads can make a revolutionary change in our future education. Unlike typical methods and educational tools, iPads can incorporate versatility, productivity, community, and engagement. iPads can be used in any setting and are not limited to one room. News and information is current and interactive compared to textbooks. An iPad in comparison to laptops and multiple textbooks are not as costly and are updated regularly providing latest educational tools and learning. The iPad has multiple uses besides being an e-reader in which can facilitate higher thinking skills and multi-tasking abilities that are necessary 21st century skills students need to have in order to be successful.
‍Similar points were discussed in the article, "Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education". Rather than buying laptops, educators are finding that iPads are more beneficial for students because of all the endless features. Students are already exposed to the latest technology, and incorporating iPads into a school system, would provide more engagement and better connections between the teachers and students. School systems and educators are looking for more than just textbooks but something interactive that provides video, audio, animations, and sharing abilities. The iPad can offer these tools and wonderful learning experiences.

McCrea, B. (2010, January 27). Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education. In The Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2011(2010, January 27). How will the iPad change education?. In PBS Teacherline. Retrieved May 7, 2011

Article 2: iPad – Breaking New Ground in Special Education
The article, written by Marion Herbert, explores the iPad’s ability to create an engaging and effective school environment for children with special needs, specifically autism. The article first discusses the basics about the iPad: touch screen, applications, functions, and cost factor. Other devices used in the past for children with special needs were specifically for communication and cost thousands more then the iPad. An application the iPad offers, called Proloquo2GO0, is similar to previous communication and augmentative devices, except it is easier to use. The iPad is small, easy to handle, and the words are already programmed into it so that it makes using it more functional. Students also can use it not just for communication, but for visual schedules that they can take with them. More research is being done in schools by professionals who are discovering that iPad’s effectiveness with the autism population, its versatility, and multi-functionality prove to be affordable and worthwhile for schools to obtain.

Marion, H. (2010, November). The iPad—Breaking New Ground in Special Education. In District Administration: Solutions for School District Management. Retrieved May 24, 2011, from

Article 3: iPad Changes the World for Kids With Special Needs
Author Marj Hatzell writes about her experience with the iPad and its effectiveness with her son who has autism. She states that the iPad wasn’t designed for children with autism but has been such a success for them regardless. They use it for “learning, entertainment, communication, social stories, and more”. She points out that the iPad is more affordable than previous communication devices. The hundreds of available apps can meet any child’s needs or interests. Most importantly, she discusses how the “size of the iPad is just right” for children with autism compared to the iPhone, which was too small to manipulate, and their previous augmentative communication devices that were bulky, heavy, and expensive. The iPad has allowed her child and other children with autism and special needs more independence which is the ultimate goal for those children.

Marj, H. (2010, November 25). In The Stir: A Cafe Mom Blog. Retrieved May 24, 2011, from

Article 4: Math that Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad
A school in New York started a pilot program, using 47 iPads in two classes which has replaced textbooks, allowed correspondence between teachers and students, turning in of assignments digitally, and student created digital portfolios. All this has now allowed education to expand beyond the classroom. More schools around the country are piloting programs like this. Teachers are now putting all course material online and teaching through using the iPads.
Some of the population questions whether or not schools are rushing to invest in these iPads before research can show if they are improving education. They also argue how schools can invest in iPads when there are concerns about school budgets and teacher lay-offs. School leaders however, state that the iPad is worthwhile. It is “not a toy, but a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications including thousands with educational uses.” The iPad’s physical attributes are also appealing when looking at its use in schools: the touch screen, flat design, and light weight, makes it versatile and classroom friendly. Also, many schools are able to receive grants to allow purchasing iPads for classroom use.
When questioned about the iPad’s effectiveness in schools, Apple Company stated they did not market it for schools but have now realized the possibilities for education. They are working on developing workshops for school leaders to demonstrate how to use the iPads in schools. Large textbook companies are also starting to adapt their materials and create apps or online curriculum for teachers and students to use rather than textbooks and paper/pencil methods. More teachers and school leaders are starting to discover the endless opportunities the iPad offers and how it can change education to make the classroom “come alive”.

Hu, W. (2011, January 4). Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad. New York Times, p. A16. Retrieved from

Article 5: iPads in Schools – A Solution or a Distraction?
Author, Kathryn Young Thompson, surrounds herself with technology. She has many different devices, as her children do too but wonders if society will struggle to find a balance and learn when to unplug. The latest thing Thompson questions is the use of iPads in school. She wonders whether it will transform education for the better. In her article, iPads should be used not as distractions in the classroom or toys but as learning devices. She is afraid that the distractions will still occur. “If you change technology but not the method of learning, you are throwing bad money after bad practice.” She understands adapting iPads into schools will help students fit into a “technological rich society.” She feels that however, with more exposure to technology in and outside of the classroom, students are at risk of not “engaging in the real world, forming relationships, sustaining focus, and maintaining optimal health.” She poses many thought provoking questions about using iPads in schools such as: “Schools are banning phones because they are a distraction – are iPads any better? Will it prepare them for the future? Will is work against us or for us?” She states that with any technology, teaching methods need to change and students cannot become so reliable on them. There needs to be a balance.

Thompson, K. Y. (2011, January 4). iPads in School: A Solution or a Distraction?. In Parenting. Retrieved February 9, 2011, from

Article 6: iPad as a Mobile Classroom and the Newest Tool for Special Education Teachers
In this article, the author describes how in our recent past, we had mobile computer labs that were versatile and the newest thing to schools, making getting on a computer easy. Now, with iPads, we have expanded our mobile classroom. We can have many iPads available with a MAC to sync to and an overhead projector to use for the teacher so that learning and teaching can all occur with the iPad. The author states many ways to use the iPad in the classroom such as: applications to accompany textbooks, video podcasts, web access, word processing, and I Tunes U. It provides a unique learning experience for all students.
Using the iPad in a special education setting has made it far better than before. The iPad is much better than previous tools that were used. It is sleek, has a touch screen, easy to navigate and has hundreds of apps that make it appealing and meets the needs of all learners. The author mainly stresses that the iPad helps students psychologically on how they feel in the classroom. Students with learning disabilities feel that they can learn and feel excited to go to class and ‘cool’ that they have an iPad to use. That it “has the ability to make learning fun again.”

ODwyer, C. (2010, February 3). iPad as a Mobile Classroom and the Newest Tool for Special Education Teachers. In The Other Mac Blog. Retrieved May 24, 2011, from