Today I asked my students to let me know what they thought of the iPad experiment. They could talk about apps they would like to see on the iPads as well. I asked students to use the A. P. Language and Composition thread on the Discussions area of my new web page. Only seven students responded to my request but I think their insights are worth considering. Most of their comments were very positive and there were no complaints, but there are a few things that students think would enrich the experience. Here are the observations, first the positive and then the negative:
- Can access Mr. Wilson's websites and those of others.
- Easier to do research.
- Access to the Internet.
- Can submit work.
- Provides a variety of activities.
- Gain skills working with the technology.
- Grow in in technical skill through experimentation.
- Can research what is not understood when responding to questions.
- Can finish work more quickly.
- Easier for groups to help each other.
- Slow getting started but can now use the iPad efficiently.
- No word processing app.
- Can't take iPads home.
- Pen and paper easier for submitting work.
For my part I have found I have far less paper to handle, though the class still generates quite a bit. I also like responding to students digitally because I can make more legible comments and can comment more completely, not being restricted by the margins of the paper. I also like being able to add a multi-media component to some assignments where I can ask students to find images, video clips, and the like that Internet access makes available.