Well, a new school year has started. While I’ve now taught two classes (click on the iPad tag in the tag cloud to explore my lessons learned) with iPad tablets, they are still looked at as pilot programs at my school as we are not 1:1 yet. I am excited that we are getting closer and closer to some kind of 1:1 situation. This year I am integrating iPad2 tablets into an AP Environmental Science class. I will have one section with the devices, and one without. That should provide a nice comparison. I even have some students who will switch sections at the semester who will be able to provide some good perspective. I don’t think one of my goals can be to go paperless this time, but I do think I can put a serious dent in the amount of paper I give out to students. Wouldn’t it be nice to move away from the situation pictured below?
I can certainly strive to help kids make some gains in efficiency and have them take advantage of the creative power of the devices. The iPads should make our class blogs (see class projects links to right) much easier to build and maintain (versus waiting to blog at home). AP courses (while under revision), are still largely content driven this may a bit more of challenge than my previous projects….stay tuned.