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I Teach, Therefore iPad: Utilizing Your Tablet in the Classroom

Symposium on Integration of Emerging Technologies in Language Education: From Instructor to Institution, Kanazawa University Foreign Language Institute, Kanazawa, Japan

February 15th, 14:00-14:50

Presentation summary:

The portability and power of Apple’s iPad make it an excellent tool for teachers. This presentation will cover the use of an iPad in the language classroom for student assessment and course management. The discussion is based on one teacher’s use of an iPad as a portable device in a university English conversation course. The teacher uses the iPad in many ways, ranging from professional development to student assessment and presentation of course content. The use of the iPad as an assessment device allows the teacher to input student data and grades while students are on task and the teacher monitors classroom activities. The portable nature of the iPad allows the teacher to input data while walking amongst the students, and also allows for its use as a reference tool in one-to-one discussions with students. The iPad is also used in conjunction with both projectors and overhead document cameras for presenting slides, websites, and notes to the class. The discussion will include information about setting up your iPad for use in the classroom, applications used in the process, and lessons learned.