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Alex L

iPad vs. Tablet in the classroom

EDTECH Consultant, MYP Coordinator and PYP & MYP Technology Educator

My school is trying to decide whether or not to purchase iPad 2's or the ASUS TF300 tablet for our students. Please share your feedback, comments and personal experiences with me here. Thank you!

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  • May 24, 2012
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  • Dirk

    Dirk I.

    Editor in Chief at Technology, Knowledge and Learning

    I am currently doing research on the integration of iPads in schools. The more important question is the teachers acceptance of the devices and the instructional design of the devices in your school.

  • James W.


    James W.

    Instructional Designer at the University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College and State University)

    Alex, this a great topic for discussion. There are lot of issues to be addressed, but I think the rewards will be plenty when you decide to go "all in" as the say in poker. I will interested to read the different comments you will receive, such Dirk's first important issue to the availability of apps for each device. The argument between the these two devices harkens earlier arguments about what computers will we put in labs, PC's or Macs? Fire away community! I look forward to the fun and valuable ideas!

  • Norman C.


    Norman C.

    Technology and Social Networking Integration

    An ipad is a tablet. I do not understand the argument.

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth W.

    Educational Consultant

    For me, the bigger question is do ipads or tablets improve student achievement? I find that the novelty of using ipads and tablets ensures engagement, but the achievement piece is more difficult to support at the present time. What are others finding?

  • Rose C.


    Rose C.

    Competency-Based Learning Specialist

    I consult in a k-8 school that has a "Bring your own device" policy. It is still too early to see disaggregated data. Observationally, teachers spend more time coaching students during their work on tablets and on laptops the kids own because students know how to use them. There have been no issues of theft or security issues because the expectations are made clear. Teachers are not spending time getting equipment out and running interference --they are teaching. Good results so far but we are waiting for long term data.

  • Clifton D.


    Clifton D.

    Director of Technology at Hamptead School District

    Elizabeth, I agree that we need to focus on student achievement. However, we will never get an accurate picture of the effect on student achievement if districts don't employ the devices in meaningful ways. The new common core standards are meant to prepare students for college and career where a majority of the work is done in digital formats. I think that we need to be exploring the devices that are going to allow our students to be successful in post k-12 environments.

  • Budd T.


    Budd T.

    Teacher at Tucson Unified Schools District

    Just like there is Kleenex vs tissues or Coke vs soda. One is a brand name, other is the generic name for the class of product, of which it is a member.
    I see an incredible amount of supporting research on "tablets". But the majority is iPad based, because it was first and daily more apps are being made available.
    The initial cost is less than even the more expensive iPad, and there are no moving or removable parts.
    My only warning is to get your district buy in. Our uncertified, semi-professional Micro$oft only IT brags of rejecting two different school purchase orders of 300 iPads for each school because "We don't support Apple junk."

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