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There are More Contenders to the Tablet Throne Available Every Day

Classroom technology has changed tremendously over the past 20 years. While many schools used to offer a separate “computer lab” on campus, stocked with clunky Apple computers that played Oregon Trail, administrators have put the power in students’ hands — literally — by bringing iPads and other tablet devices into the classroom and using them to teach their curriculum.

This trend has been steadily gaining popularity since 2012, when the iPad took the education field by storm. According to industry analysts, U.S. schools are expected to buy 3.5 million tablets by years’ end.

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Benefits of Using Tablets to Educate Students

One of the many benefits of equipping students with an iPad, educators say, is that it further enables them to have control over what and how they are learning. With an endless array of knowledge and resources at their fingertips, students can learn in ways never even imagined in decades past.

Another energizing advantage is that teachers are better able to capture their students’ attention. By delivering history or geography lessons through games, videos and social networks, students become more engaged with the material. Teachers have been able to capitalize on the electronic avenues that were traditionally designed for gaming, entertainment and communicating with friends, and use them for educational pursuits.

To further explore how the iPad (and other tablets, by implication) can impact teaching and learning, check out these 8 Positive Findings from 4 Year 1:1 iPad Initiative.

What’s Next?

Apple currently holds the majority of the education market for tablets. Last year, the iPad accounted for 94 percent market share. However, Apple has lost some steam as competitors like Google are entering the ring. According to CFO Luca Maestri, while iPad remains the tablet of choice in the classroom with 85 percent market share, reports have surfaced that Google’s Chromebooks are outselling iPads. Google reported in July that 1 million Chromebooks had been sold to schools in the previous sales quarter alone — certainly nothing to scoff at. In fact, analysts predict 5 million Chromebooks will be sold by the end of 2014. However, Chromebooks are laptops, not tablets.

Between the Android platform and emerging Windows 8 based tablets, there are legitimate tablet format contenders to the leading iPad gradually coming into contention (for example, just check out this array of non-iPad tablets empowered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, offering high-speed processing, extended battery life and speedy connections — all of which are important to a busy student on-the-go).

Here’s a number of iPad alternatives and articles exploring them:

How About the new 2-in-1 Niche?

This new hybrid device is poised to make an impact. Many manufacturers have released new models that are part laptop, part tablet. Most of these devices allow you to separate the keyboard section from the screen and the screen is a fully functional tablet. Here’s a number of these new models:

Whether it’s the Apple iPad, an Android or Windows tablet, a custom-built tablet for education, or a 2-in-1 one computer, these devices are enabling effective changes in how education using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Are you using a tablet other than the iPad in your classroom? Please comment and tell as a little about it!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Viewing Strand

by Leslie Suters and Melissa Comer on October 28, 2014


A Wealth of Web and iPad apps to help with Teaching the Common Core Literacy Strands

Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC. Drs. Comer and Suters also wrote this excellent 3-part article series earlier this year on Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand.

Reminiscent of the speaking/listening strands of literacy, the viewing strand is more than just the ability to see. Visual literacy, according to Barry (1997), is defined as the comprehension and use of images, including the ability to think, learn, and represent ideas in visual form. In today’s world, images no longer just accompany or reinforce text. In fact, in some cases, the opposite is true: text is added to reinforce the image. Teaching students to view critically — looking at the design elements utilized, the expressive forms used, the intended audience, and the purpose — aides them in understanding, in analyzing what they see, and ultimately in learning to apply what they view.

Viewing Web 2.0 Tools

Animoto ( This tool allows you to upload photos, add music, and insert text to share information in a visual form. Videos on the Animoto basic account are limited to 30 seconds but, with an upgraded account (teachers can get one for free usually) the time limit is lifted. Below are two examples of Animoto videos:

Photo Peach ( Much like Animoto, this tool allows you to produce videos with photos, music, and text. Viewers can make comments after seeing the video. See example below:

Glogster ( An online poster creator, Glogster lets you build a poster around whatever topic you choose. Designs are limited only by your own creativity. Text and pictures, along with URLs, work to reinforce various content focal points. For more information, including teacher planning sheets and step-by-step directions, see the Integrating Teaching and Technology wiki at

Viewing: iPad Apps

Faker$ – The Wild Photo App lets you create fake magazine covers, newspapers, diplomas, name badges, cards, invitations, posters, and labels. ($-the-wild-photo-app/id479536255?mt=8)

Photo Card by Bill Atkinson allows you to create postcards using your own photos or the app’s built-in photos. You can then send them as eCards print and mail them. The app also lets you type or dictate a message on the back. (


Storehouse – Visual Storytelling uses photos, videos, and text to showcase your experiences. You can share your stories by email, Facebook, or Twitter. (

Visual Poetry – Word Collage With over 24 symbols to choose from (or you can draw your own shape), this app lets you type your poem, text, or phrase and then arranges it as a mosaic. (

Infographic Tools

Infographics are just what their name implies: graphics & information. There are countless tools that allow you to create infographics. Some of our favorites are listed below:

Smore ( Free to use and several templates to choose from, help to make Smore an ideal infographic tool. ( This site states that you can “create and share visual ideas.” offers various templates.

Piktochart ( Make your own infographics for free at this site. Like Smore and, there are templates to choose among.

Suggested iPad apps for creating infographics:

Also see Kathy Schrock’s guide to using infographics as a creative assessment.


Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
iPad Workflow in the Elementary Classroom – 6 Techniques and Tips
5 Tips for Using Google Apps on an iPad
Using TodaysMeet as a Formative Assessment Tool

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