In a reflective piece after conducting a lesson with iPad, a teacher mentioned that the “iPad should always be seen as having a mediating role in the lesson: it is a tool at the teacher’s disposal. A lesson should be enhanced by an i-Pad but will always be possible without it.”
This set me expanding on this thought.
On the one hand, we should be able to teach well with or without a myriad of tools, including the iPad. In the hand of a good teacher, even a humble piece of chalk can be used to greatly enhance learning.
On the other hand, each tool brings with it unique possibilities which one should exploit for the sake of learning. In the case of the iPad, there are functions in this mobile all-in-one media device that we should leverage upon. These give us the opportunities to not only enhance or augment teaching but also modify and even re-define learning (using the SAMR modell).
The tension is perhaps how we might be afraid of becoming too dependent on the technology once we use it at the level of modification and redefinition.
All said, I am of the opinion that the learning objectives are still to be our guide and our pedagogical skills will inform our approach, including how we use teaching tools such as the iPad, to achieve these objectives. These knowledge of a competent teacher will help a teacher respond to changes in situation, such as when technology fails us, in a way that helps learners stay on course towards learning.
This is perhaps still thought-in-progress as we pioneer the use of iPads in the classroom.