We are piloting iPads, but I can already see some dilemmas. Training is challenging. Unlike PC/Mac applications, there are no standard menus or behaviors - each app has a different interface. The relative newness of apps means that the set of apps will change over time - new apps will be introduced, some apps will disappear, and others will overcome their major limitations. The fluid nature of apps worries me given that teachers are not always the most adept at managing change.
I am hoping to find some thoughts on:
- How to balance building a standard set of apps with supporting teachers' individual app choices?
- How to train students for the broad array of apps they will use? Think of how many note-taking apps students will have to learn is each teacher prefers a different app. On the other hand, it is unlikely that one note-taking app will work well with all subjects each and every year.
- How to keep teachers abreast of which apps are available and their important features and major limitations?
- How to monitor the success of each app to determine if a switch is warranted?
- Does anyone ask teachers to contribute their feedback and commentary (like an Amazon book)?