Lots of Apps available here
Witch...can talk you through various options for management if you'd like to pm me can send my contact number. Really depends on current infrastructure and what else you are planning to go for.
With Flash and HTML5 it's one or the other or both with some clever coding to detect what browser you're using. It really is a bit of a mish-mash at the moment and does need standardising.
I'm still in two minds about the iPad in education in general, let alone for a specific SEN use.
From what I've seen here, while the pupils love the iPad and really engage with it, they don't create anything worthwhile or learn anything of a "standard practice". The happily shoot video of each other pratting about and add effects to it, they play games on it like "Cut the Rope" and they repeatedly try and use the YouTube app on it, but what are they learning? What are they taking from it that they can apply in other ways? For the amount of effort and money it has taken to get them up & running, I don't see the payoff yet. Maybe I'm missing something, but from my POV the iPad is nowhere near as good for teaching&learning as a netbook is; but as a supplement to netbooks, they are a nice alternative form of exposing children to ICT from the "real world".
For an SEN use, I can see the attraction; simple interface and touchscreen, portability and a sense of "ownership" on the child's part when they are holding the device. As someone else said, I'd check on insurances & warranty, replacement schemes etc. because they are not as solid as they seem, not to mention the fact that they are ridiculously easy to 'remove' from the school without being noticed.
As a cheaper option I would suggest perhaps Ipad1ís which should run the apps fine. Perhaps Ipad2 but I see no reason to justify the cost of Ipad3ís.
I didn't mean in regards to being able to connect to both G and or N wireless networks ( although the down side to this ) is that if you have a wireless N network and connect with a G Device then the N network slows down to G Speeds. This is besides the point though.
Michael (18th April 2012)
That's very true actually, initial 'N' routers/access points were 'N' only due to compatibility problems.
I doubt very much though we'll ever see a mix/match HTML5/Flash standard which just makes things harder for people like us trying to keep everything working.
I assume that there is a push for a tablet resource? If not could the money be better spent on an Ipod touch? Lots of apps are still available and they could be used in addition to existing network equipment. My other half works in a primary where they have introduced an Ipod touch for the children to use and installed educational apps which the children picked up really well. Unfortunately they also put some games on there so they could be used as a treat but ended up having to be removed as that was all they used.
So as for their use, it was good for being able to pass round the class but I dont think they have made much improvement in terms of the educational value they serve. But if I'm honest this is probably down to the lack of ownership & management from teaching staff to ensure they are used as they were initially intended. And this would have been true regardless of the hardware purchased. With staff who have a better understanding of IT or a willingness to learn I think they could have been used better so it will also depend on the staff in the school.
As someone has already suggested the question to ask is probably has a trial been done with devices to see if they can do what they are intended to do.
Last edited by penfold; 18th April 2012 at 12:11 PM.
Bit more info - the usage is to be for SEN and possibly PE - they had one demonstrated and it was very useful for filming the children and being able to show them immediately what they had done and how they could improve, etc.
There isnt any thought to use ipads in whole classrooms, just for a few SEN at a time.
A trial of the ipad and other tablets/netbooks/whatever (ideas, people?) is imminent so now is the time to get straight what bit of kit can do what and how it is to be configured.
Wow, an iPad makes for an expensive digital camera doesn't it? I've got a £40 Kodak that can do exactly that, it worked right out of the box, is easy to transfer the videos to a laptop or PC to use further, replacable at low cost, has no licencing issues... an iPad for videoing some PE lessons seems like overkill to me.Originally Posted by witch
edit: apologies if that it off-topic
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