In what situations do iPads belong?
Since our introduction to the iPad on Thursday, I have been thinking about how using one would alter situations where they had previously not been used. As an expansion of the reading that listed pros and cons of iPads , I have been trying to critically think about what impact it could have on my experiences and the experiences of others. The first instance that I had been thinking about was how a iPad could fit into the kindergarten classroom where I teach. Every morning I teach a small group lesson that focuses on reading comprehension, writing letters, and making connections through a poem/nursery rhyme. The nursery rhyme is on a board and we often use white boards to practice writing words or letters as well as coloring pictures that connect to the rhyme. I can see how iPads could have a place in this type of situation; instead of erasing a whiteboard after each word or struggling to make sure every student can see the text of the poem, each child could have their own iPad. This way, they could practice writing words, coloring, or playing games on their own comfort level and a lot of time could be saved. Despite this, the introduction of iPads into this situation seems stressful. Relying on the iPad eliminates much of the work and experiences of learning. The idea of learning to write by using a stylus on the iPad or even using the touch screen to form words is not the same type of experience that our and other generations learned to write through. I am curious about if this is a bad thing; just because it is different from the way things have always been done does it mean it is negative to learn this way? Being dependent on an iPad as a key educational tool presents a new sense of ease to a learning experience. I am starting to think about it as a shortcut, but but it is also a shortcut that provides new methods of getting information and saving time. I was also thinking about what I would be doing if I had an iPad. I am pretty sure I would be spending a lot of time on it playing with new apps and procrastinating other things that I have to do. I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing; there are definitely ways that using something as portable and easy to use as an iPad can help us learn and make connections between different topics in ways that we couldn't do without internet. I think before I can truly figure out what impact the iPad could have on my life or the lives of others it is necessary to be part of situations where I am actively using it.