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Technology in the classroom is a contentious subject. Talk to some teachers and they will point you to evidence suggesting there is no learning that can come from technology. Others live and breathe technology and cannot live without it. As far as the hardware goes, there are 1:1 programs, BYOD device programs and a host of alternative ways of delivering curriculum through Technology.

I am choosing to focus on one area. iPads. How might we utilise the technology available in the iPad? How might the iPad allow new opportunities for learning and what things might we do in areas such as Food Technology, Engineering and Design. I’m particularly keen to explore applications such as AR, VR and other technologies that cannot be replicated on desktops or laptops. How might the new Apple education© release and pricing affect what we do and how we use the technology?

We want to hear what you think. Ideas, concerns, perspectives from the classrooms so that together, we can develop an understanding of what might work, what doesn’t work and how we can best use the technology we have available to us as educators.

What works for you?

What are some of the barriers in regard to the implementation of new technologies?

How might we move forward in use of iPad technology in the classroom?

What role might industry play in the implementation of technology in education?

Join the conversation and help us to learn together about an area that is new to many of

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Matt Zarb

Head of Technology and Design

Helena College, Perth, WA.




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Submitted byMatton Wed, 07/11/2018, 09:04
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I think there is at times a divide between what teachers want/expect from tech and how tech is implemented in the classroom. Exploration brings with it, risk. We cannot eliminate all danger from new technology but as a teacher, I want to play with and learn with the tech. I won't always get it right. I will always learn, though. 

Submitted byBec Plumbe (not verified)on Thu, 07/12/2018, 01:52
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Natasha, can you specify what educational level you're most focused on here? Primary, secondary, tertiary? When talking about devices in classrooms, the organisation / structure one is working within can have a big impact on what is practical. E.g. class sizes, typical lesson length, who owns / supplies the devices, who maintains the devices, etc.

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Hi Bec.

I teach secondary, mostly food (and a little innovation). I want to hear how other people are using tablets in their context, whatever that may be. If you don't use these devices, why not? And what would need to happen to change your thinking? For some, there may be little choice, but for others, there may be too much choice. 

Happy to hear what you are thinking and how things are working/not working.


Submitted byDavid Ashe (not verified)on Thu, 07/12/2018, 09:53
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Not sure if this will be of interest; however, iPads (and other types of tablets) are being used successfully in classrooms in areas of Africa where more traditional numeracy and literacy teaching is either unavailable or over-stretched. To illustrate this, take a look at the Education Xprize ( and in particular (for iPads)
Informative video on the BBC (

Papers on this:
in particular:

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Thanks David.

Have you been part of this or seen it in action? I'll do a bit more research here. Really love the idea of the Global Learning Xprize and will use that next year! 


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