Flipping the curriculum:

The iPad lends itself to this kind of learning (see eg the New York Times ). By having the knowledge acquisition already done alone at the student's own pace, the group context of the lesson could then be used for exploration and collaboration. This also assumes that the student is able to take the responsibilitis associated with this approach. EXPLAIN EVERYTHING is an example of an app that can help.

IDEAS FROM TEACHERS:

Blogs as plenaries:

JKH in English suggested that sixth formers could blog their reflections on their learning as a plenary so that the teacher and other students were able to read these reflections and comment on them later.

Exemplar work:

AS in Maths suggested that students' who were producing excellent responses could have their work captured by the iPad and then displayed on the board for the whole class. There are several methods of achieving this, ranging from wirelessly mirroring the screen and working through the mobile iPad to emailing a photo to the class pc and using the IWB pen to annotate.

The Learning Playlist:

The site Mentormob is worth checking out. Instead of presenting a PowerPoint on a research topic, students could assemble a series of web links that would teach that topic. Mr Bloom would be happy!

Reliability of Internet resources:

As a History starter students could be asked to find a reliable and an unreliable page on the topic under discussion, explaining why (thanks, CD).