Educators are always seeking the 'Holy Grail' of teaching - engaged learners. It's even better when students don't realise they are learning but do so through having fun and being creative. That's where the iPad comes in.
Children especially are naturals at wanting to interact through the touch interface, many computer owning Parents will testify to that after repeatedly cleaning smudgy fingerprints off their screens.
Here are a couple of videos demonstrating how the iPad is being used to engage and teach children through fun and creative learning.
iPad Pilot Project - RCEF
This video from the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) shows how one elementary school is using the iPad to help children get involved and interactive with learning, mainly in Maths and Literacy lessons:
Using DoInk to envision the future
This video, one of many from the Clay Animation Network, shows what children from the Lawton Elementary school think the future will be like. Apparently in 50 years time the world will be full of aliens, robots, teleportation and floating people. Sounds about right to us (apart from the aliens probably).
The elementary school students used the brilliant iPad animation app DoInk to create their vision of the future:
At Lawton elementary 66 students are creating animations in groups of 2 and 3 students using the animation program called DOINK. Each group will create a 10-15 second animation showing a scene that could happen in a school 50 years from now.
There are a lot of ideas in this video, it's quite a long one, but stick with it, we think you'll enjoy the animations:
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We love hearing about how the iPad is being used in the Education field, so if you have any good examples of creativity in the classroom with any age group, young or old, please let us know about it.