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The iPad as a tool for learning

per LeoniPereira

Technology is increasingly present in everything we do. Since when we wake up, to turn off the cell phone alarm, when we go to the bank or to a doctor's appointment and in other everyday scenarios. Education is no different! We are witnessing an increasing number of school-age children and young people who are hyperconnected and have access to different types of technology and devices.

Following this trend and making a connection with the real world of its students, educational institutions around the world have invested in technological solutions, which include the use of mobile devices. Among these purchased devices, there is the iPad. But why is the iPad on the other device, since there is a huge range of tablets available on the market?

It is possible to mention some factors that justify this, without disregarding the other models and brands of tablets. For those who use Apple devices, in this case the iPad, know that it offers a personalized experience for its users. You may have heard someone say, "The iPad is fantastic!" Yes, he did. Every resource discovered or explored on the iPad makes the moment seem unique and magical.

Applying this to the field of education, the iPad can be seen as a tool or means, to provide the exchange of experiences between teachers and students, making the teaching-learning process meaningful. Teachers are able to think of new strategies and models for their classes, making them more interactive with the use of the iPad. Classes that integrate technology can be more interesting for students, feeling more motivated to participate in the construction of knowledge, as they interact with the teacher and develop some skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, autonomy and protagonism.

Every resource discovered or explored on the iPad makes the moment seem unique and magical.

And what about the apps available for the iPad? The App Store a world to be explored. There are millions of apps that help us do almost anything, such as organizing events, taking care of health, booking hotels for a trip, ordering food, etc. It is also interesting to note that there are a multitude of educational applications available to students and teachers. There are apps that serve as a whiteboard, others to organize the study routine, as well as augmented reality apps, apps that help us understand mathematical concepts or geographic location, build digital narratives, produce books and much more. We cannot forget also the apps included in the iWork package, developed by Apple itself, that help us create more visual and elaborate texts (Pages), create impactful presentations (Keynote), assemble incredible graphics (Numbers) or create the movie itself (iMovie ). When teachers have a pedagogical intent in using applications and integrate them as part of their planning, activities become more pleasurable and meaningful.

In addition, we note that there is a growing concern in the production of educational content available for the iPad, both with regard to applications as well as books, such as the example of iBooks, produced by educators, educational institutions and people in general , which combine content with multimedia materials and make reading and studying more attractive. They are content for students of different languages, levels and ages and the best: some are offered free of charge.

Classroom app on iPads

It is no different for teachers. For example, just over a year ago, Apple launched the Classroom app, an iPad app for teachers who. linked to an MDM solution, help them manage iPads during a class and guide student learning, individually or collectively. There are also some programs that encourage teachers to learn about or improve their knowledge of the Apple ecosystem.

In other words, the iPad can be used as a tool in favor of educational institutions, teachers, students and all those who actively participate in the learning community, changing their reality and even bringing advances to the educational process.