Drawing On A Napkin: Is This How iPads Function In A Traditional Classroom?


how-iPads-functionDrawing On A Napkin: Is This How iPads Function In A Traditional Classroom?

by Terry Heick

Sketched this out last week–not quite a napkin this time, but the back of a sheet of paper at a coffee shop–when thinking about how I most often see iPads used in the classroom. Thought I’d share it in a drawing rather than a post, and then get your thoughts.

Is this what you’ve seen?

Can this approach be effective?

Does the effectiveness of this “model” depend on content area, grade level, or some other factor?

Are there other ways? Is this just a transitional model until schools can adapt to more mobile learning?

  • Sean HC
  • Jenni Wright

    Um that may be the way you use them Terry, in my classroom the students use them for:
    . creating presentations using the apps
    . drawing, including making cartoons and annotating graphics and information
    . learning reading and maths (most often for those with literacy and numeracy barriers0
    . research
    among other things that they think of outside the box.

    Hope you soon find some more ways to use the iPad Terry.

  • William Preye

    I think it is funny that your doodle is on a napkin instead of a doodle app. I think many times teachers, if they are lucky enough to get technology, don’t receive the training. Many don’t know what they can do with it.

    • terryheick

      So true–never thought of that. Still not a fan of digital drawing and handwriting.

      • William Preye

        I know I am not very good at it, but some of my students are amazing. Their artistic talent seems to show through all mediums.

  • Sarah Moulden

    My husband and I sketched out a book outline on the back of a napkin while on a date one night. I can’t find it. If it was on the iPad, I would still have it! :) Similarly, my students LOVE to write on whiteboards. I often take digital pictures of it so that I have a record of their great ideas.