Technical Tablet Question for teaching
Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:34 PM
If I had a Santa teaching wish list it would be for a tablet.
Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:21 AM
Also do you have wi-fi in your classroom? If so then it will all connect, if not then it won't even communicate with your computer.
Neither device is actually going to make a sizable shift in your teaching - it is still down to your own talents.
An iPad is a much more usable personal device and is an ideal device to use at home for email, internet use and similarly uses. As this is something you'll be purchasing yourself I'd suggest going for the device that will be of most use for you personally. If you do get an iPad you can run software called www.airserver.com - this makes your iPad appear on your computer screen / on the projector. I use this on a daily basis to share the iPad screen in class.
Thus either tablet could offer benefits but I don't personally feel a Windows tablet is sufficiently good to justify its purchase because you can show / edit PowerPoint wirelessly. With a Windows one you can directly access your files but there are many tools on any tablet where you can do similar.
My best advice? Work out your budget, talk to tech at school to see what they recommend and then goto a PC World or similar and try out which one feels the most comfortable.
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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:15 AM
Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:15 PM
Personally, I would recommend that you get a tablet for your own use, and purchase a notebook with wifi for the classroom, the notebook, will allow you to do everything you need to do as if you are on a PC, as well as remotely control the whiteboard, whereas doing this with a tablet, at the moment is expensive.
And if you are getting a notebook, you can choose your tablet, I personally think the Nexus is better than the windows and the ipad
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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:43 PM
I would second Tony's point. I ahve been using an iPad for 2 years nearly now and I seldom if ever use it to project on the board. Quite useful as a markbook and for havign copies of notes etc. but not really worth £350. I think at £200 or so it might be worthwhile - could always look at last gen iPad mini or of course iPad 2.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 01:49 PM
Apple Educational resellers will sell them at cheaper prices to schools - your school might be able to work with you if you are going to use it. Presumably Microsoft and others do the same.
I'd think about what you want to use it for - as a learning tool with the students so you can display their work/use creative apps/etc? or simply as a productivity tool for you?
Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:29 PM
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