Swapping Books for iPads?

The Irish Independent reported recently  that an anonymous donor had given a school in Fermoy, Co . Cork, a load of money to buy iPads for all the pupils and staff. The Independent states that it will be to replace textbooks and homework. The school’s principal, James O’Donoghue, hailed it as “a landmark day for Irish primary … Read more

The Demise of the iPad?

There was an interesting article in the Irish Independent regarding American schools’ adaption of technology. It appears that Chromebooks are being used in more schools than iPads. Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s own operating system, Chrome, which is basically an Internet Browser and you require an Internet connection to get much use out of … Read more

Apps for Art Week

Below are some apps from the Apple AppStore that might be useful to schools for Digital Art Week this week. I have divided them into sections/themes.


Looking and Responding

Creating Art

Video-conferencing on an iPad

Tom Whitby tweeted recently about ways to video-conference on an iPad. The link above goes to the web site Apps in Education, a blog that lists iPad apps by subject. Obviously video-conferencing on an iPad requires one with a front-facing camera so iPad 1 users like myself won’t be able to take advantage. The great thing about this list is that most of the apps are completely free.

Has Apple reinvented the Textbook?

Apple has unleashed iBooks Textbooks today, where they claim that they have “reinvented the school textbook.”  Apparently, these books will be “an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive.”  I am somewhat sceptical. Don’t get me wrong – I love Apple products as much as the next fanboy. While I ditched … Read more

iPads replace schoolbooks – great publicity, poor usage

The Irish Times recently reported about a secondary school in Co. Mayo who have decided to offer students the opportunity to replace their textbooks with iPads.  Essentially, rather than spending €450 on the schoolbooks and bringing them to school everyday in heavy schoolbags, parents can spend about €700 on an iPad with electronic versions of … Read more

Picks: 19 iPad Sites

This month we’re looking at 19 iPad sites related to education.  They’re divided in 3 main categories – opinions about iPads, apps and guides to the iPad.  The final link is to a recent Irish Times article, which shows the growth of Apple devices in Irish classrooms.  The iPad is mentioned as one such device … Read more

Fáilte Romhat, iPad, go hÉireann

Today the iPad is being launched in Ireland. So while you are queuing outside your local Currys or PC World to get your hands on one, I thought I’d give you something to read! I bought my iPad in America in April.  The 3G model wasn’t out at the time and I bought the cheapest … Read more

Ipad available in Ireland

The iPad will be launched on Friday in Ireland. I’ve written some articles about iPads in the classroom. Must have app for me: Toy Story – great for reading, recording, rewarding and lots of other words beginning with “re!”

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