DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
Do we need a tablet or ereader in Kellyville High School Library? This question arose when several positive elements intersected at the end of 2010. The first event involved a group of orientation day Year 6 students who were interested and engaged with my session using a colleague's iPad in conjunction with books. The local library was promoting digital downloads and digital book borrowing. As these would readily provide reading and literacy based activities for the Peer Tutoring Program, ideas and possibilities emerged. The iPad enabled much more than a book reader, and even more than interactive books and read out aloud books. The initial enthusiastic ideas seemed very good, but once purchased and used, it was clear that we were only at the thin edge, as the potential expanded exponentially. Student enthusiasm and engagement has been exceptional. Do we need iPads? Yes Why? It is another way of encouraging students to read, provides engaging opportunities to improve their literacies, and there are many educational possibilities and potential uses. However, more questions needed canvassing: How will we best use it? Are any more needed? What applications should we download and which ones will be best? How will the iPads be managed? Continuing the quest The National ASLA XX11 Conference (Figure 1) included a presentation by Lisa Nash titled Exploring iPads in learning and teaching, that was ideal for my quest. 30 Learning and teaching Kellyville High iPad trial Ingrid Simpson, teacher librarian at Kellyville High School, NSW, is excited about the opportunities for exciting student learning with iPads.