I am pretty excited about today’s guest speaker – my husband Andrew! He teaches junior high and high school Social Studies at the same school district I work for. We’ve been here three full years now, and he LOVES that they have fully embraced technology by going with 1:1 ipads at his end of the building. (Yes, you read that correctly – our entire K-12 is in one building…well, most of them. We have two elementary schools.) Anyway, he’s going to share why to use online textbooks with you. Without further ado, here’s my hubby’s take on one-to-one ipads and online textbooks!
My name is Andrew and I am a high school social studies teacher. I have taught world geography, world history, American government, and United States history over the past three years. During these three years I have taught at a one-to-one iPad school for students in the ninth through twelfth grade. An advantage with my current school is that they started implementing iPads the first year I came into the school district. As a new teacher to the district, I felt that I was on a fair playing ground with the other teachers since we all had the same experience with the iPad. Since I have this luxury, I have implemented the use of online textbooks for all my high school social studies classes. Advantages to using textbooks on the iPad include engaging students, improving curriculum, and decreasing the weight of high school backpacks.
As I stated before, I teach high school social studies and one of my major obstacles is to make history interesting to all students. One of the ways that I have increased interest in history is by implementing technology in my class. Since I work at a one-to-one iPad high school, I have implemented social studies textbooks to engage my students in the classroom.
Overall, I have enjoyed using the textbooks on the iPad. The textbooks engage students in learning and have many interactive features. I enjoy implementing primary resources into every class and the textbooks on the iPad help me with primary resources embedded into each lesson. Finally, students enjoy carrying around a light iPad in their backpacks instead of heavy social studies textbooks.