Top 10 Things I Learned from “iPad in Education for Dummies”

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As a Dummies book ambassador, I’m always excited when a new book comes in.  And while I’m a little nervous about reading the larger books in time for a review, I’m thrilled when those books are large because they are full of some many useful details, tutorials, helpful strategy hints, and illustrations.  “iPad in Education for Dummies” excels in all those things so well, that I thought I’d run this review a little different.

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 things I learned from this “iPad in Education for Dummies“:

  1. The accessibility options have practical applications for any user, not just those with disabilities.
  2. iOS6 has a Guided Access option which allows you to focus your student on one app and disable the Home button.
  3. The right app and accessories allow you to set up your iPad as a scientific sensor, and you can measure things like temperature, force, CO2 levels.  How cool is that?
  4. There is an app that may make high school biology vivisection obsolete.
  5. Writing apps to teach your child to create stories abound.
  6. Tapping the home button times does magical things, er, I mean, gives you more options.
  7. You can run PowerPoint slides from your iPad.
  8. You can print stuff off of your iPad.
  9. Need a whiteboard? No problem, iPad can do that and you can project it.
  10. I am not using any of my apps, especially not the reading ones, to their full capability.

The Good
This book is chock full of tips like this, but it’s not just a tip or app guide.  Author Sam Gliksman takes you through everything you need to know to set up iPad as a classroom tool.  He recommends neat apps and walks you through them, but additionally provides tips and strategic planning to use an iPad to get over standard front-of-the-class lectures and let the students get real hands-on interaction in their own education.  He provides examples, in the book and the appendix, as to how iPads have been used by teachers in the real world, such as “Designing the Next Space Vehicle” or “Understanding Culture through Stories.”  He lays out the grade this technique was used in, the objectives, the required apps and hardware, and the process used to achieve goals.

The Bad
I have no complaints except it was a lot to take in!  Gliksman covers everything I could think of, but I’m not a teacher.

Overall Opinion
This book is ideal for teachers, therapists and other school staff, perfect for homeschoolers, and has given me a ton of ideas to work with the girl on.  I was simply floored by the amount of things even my iPad 2 can do and the sheer volume of apps, many of them free, that can work for education.

I received a copy of this book to perform this review.  All opinions are my own.




    • Gina B says

      Oo, that’s cool, writing your own app, good luck! And you’re right, I felt the same after reading this…not using my iPad to the fullest!