North Island Distance Education School


iPads at Navigate

January 10, 2013

Navigate students have been given a unique privilege this school year, the use of iPads as an educational tool. A class set was purchased in September, making Navigate the first and only school in SD71 actively integrating this resource. Students at Navigate have been learning the intricacies on how to explore and create with iPads, incorporating 21st century skills into their learning.

It is plain to see that students enjoy the iPads immensely. A surprising element is the amount of interaction while using these devices. In the classroom, students can be seen moving around the room as they share, learn and teach with their peers. The portability of the device allows for a level of collaboration far surpassing what has been previously possible in a traditional computer lab setting.

Art class with the iPads is a real pleasure for Navigate students and teacher Michael Campsall. After a brief five minute demonstration on digital painting, the students were immediately absorbed in their projects. Everyone found success in their creations, and were keen to share. The showcasing took place through a wireless connection to a classroom television, and each student was able to display their work on the big screen.

Navigate teachers and students are excited to continue working with this ground-breaking tool. It is invigorating to see boundaries pushed by Navigate students with their creative minds, and capable hands.


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