Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Mobile Devices in Classrooms Conference

Last Thursday I attended an interesting conference in Albany entitled "Mobile Devices in Classrooms". Although the focus was on teachers using iPads I think that as a librarian it is important to see how technology is being used in classrooms and to think about how it can fit into the library.

A key point made in the conference was that technology doesn't replace anything.  It is a very motivating tool that can be used to teach the existing curriculum in an exciting and engaging way.

Another point was that if you are new to iPads you tend to start with apps for consuming, then move on to apps for creating.  I can see this in my own learning curve with the iPad.  I started by downloading apps that you read and "drill and skill" type apps.  I'm now looking at how I can use apps like iMovie, Book Creator and Comic Life.

My bullet-point notes on the workshops I attended can be found here.