iPads, to me, are brilliant devices for multimedia in the classroom. While I know a lot of teachers use them for “office” work, I never really felt comfortable typing on glass. As Stephen Fry put it, it’s like typing with frostbite on your fingertips. The question here, though, is about efficiency, and if I’m understanding the question correctly, it’s how does one get the iPads out to the pupils and get the pupils to do what you need them to do.
In some ways, this is less of a technology issue and more of a management issue. Efficiency generally comes with practise. The more the children do the same thing, the quicker they will get at it. Have a system for handing out the iPads – perhaps one child per group could give them out. Make sure the iPads are stored in groups to make it even more efficient.
Once the children have the iPads, initially get them to do something really simple – open an app with a simple game. There are hundreds of tables games, for example.
To make things even more efficient, the teacher can control access of the iPads with Apple Classroom.
Last Update: December 5, 2020