Yesterday I went for a talk at Core (the distributors of Apple in South Africa) about iPads in education. I was interested to hear from experts about the benefits they’re finding in classrooms locally – I can only cite from my own experiences at home how my toddler is being enriched by
my his iPad. Like in this recent post here
So here are some stats, via Apple:
– There are 500 000 apps available
– There are 20 000 educational apps
– There are 100 schools in South Africa using iPads (public, private and special needs schools)
– iPads are either funded entirely by schools, or donated by companies to rural schools (if you’re wondering how they get by without wifi, apps are preloaded on the devices)
I half joked a few weeks ago when I blogged that by the time my son gets to primary school in four years’ time, all the learners will have iPads. While no projections were given about how many schools will adopt iPad integration, it’s clear that this is the way forward. Teachers are using them as study aids, learners are developing their own apps from grade seven (as in the case of Sacred Heart), while learners from the National School of the Arts use their iPads as musical instruments where they create and compose music using GarageBand. I’m now thinking that the question I need to be asking from my son’s future schools is when they will start incorporating iPad learning, and how.
The schools using iPads are attesting to increased attendance (kids don’t want to miss iPad lessons), increased engagement and involvement, increased interest in reading, more homework completion, and in the cases of special-needs children, increased communication, comprehension and skills such as hand-eye co-ordination.
For more info, go to Think Ahead, Core’s partner in education.