I get frustrated when I hear people say a tablet is “just a consumption device.” It’s not. A tablet holds a ton of potential, especially for collaboration and creation. And it’s a technology that’s grown remarkably fast given how young it is (the original iPad was released just over 3 years ago*). This article actually explores some of the potential that tablets can grow into, and includes one of my favorite iPad apps (SubText). Here’s an excerpt:
Most emerging technologies for the iPad support connected reading experiences rather than focused reading experiences. SubText allows teachers to place students in to reading groups, where they can share notes, highlight passages, ask questions, engage in discussions, and respond to teacher prompts. Reading becomes a shared, communal act, not just in classroom discussion but during the experience of reading. For collaborative research, Zotero’s web interface works great on tablets, and the tool helps groups and individual students organize diverse sources for research projects and manage bibliographic information.
A great summer project for literature or history teachers would be to explore some of these new tools and imagine how differentiated reading experiences in classes could be more social, how literature circles or book groups could collaborate in reading at home and then discuss their insights together in class.
*Yes, there were tablets before the iPad. But none of them made the idea of a tablet a mainstream reality.
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