I recently got an iPad. I am very excited about it.
I decided to get the iPad after a lesson with a private student. We were talking about her trip to Oaxaca to participate of the Day of the Dead celebrations. She brought her iPad and during our conversation I was playing with it. I found some pictures of Day of the Dead celebrations for her to describe. Also I quickly found a presentation (in Spanish) of all the symbols of an “altar”. I got hooked.
That evening I went to Best Buy. Now, I originally went there to buy a power adaptor for my iPod deck that I was going to use the following day. But I went buy the iPad table and a few minutes later I was leaving the store with my own iPad in my hands and a huge smile.
I downloaded lots of apps but I am still deciding which one I will keep or which ones I will delete. If you have any suggestion of good apps please let me know.
The following weekend I started to use my iPad in class. The best basic use was of a “flashcard”. No more carrying around sets of flashcards for different themes. Now I just create albums with picture from my computer. I am also able to manipulate those picture to add more information. For example I have two albums for animals: one with labels and the other without. I’ve been doing some dictations and memory games in my classes. Children respond well and are generally excited.
I am looking forward to find other use for the iPad in my Spanish classes. I welcome your suggestions and ideas.