Technology replaces textbooks in class

The introduction of iPads has turned homework on its head for Terra Sancta College year 7 students.

The move is a response to the Department of Education and Communities' bring your own device policy for 2014, and will allow the students to view short video lessons edited on iMovie at home.

They will then have more time for questions and exercises while at school, a practice known as flipping the classroom.

Learning community facilitator of curriculum integration, Liz Noney, said teachers had found the students preferred a flipped classroom to going through a textbook, especially in maths.

"It's like having the teacher at home with them going through the work, and it's also helping parents to help their kids with homework," she said.

"In the old days you would do a poster presentation, now the kids are making iMovies of what they research. They're becoming more confident learners."

Ms Noney said teachers had designed and collated their own resources for use on the iPads when it was found electronic versions of the required textbooks were similarly priced to hard copy ones.

"It's actually cheaper for parents in the long run because they're not purchasing so many textbooks, there are the physical advantages of [students] not having to carry so many textbooks," she said. "The iPads themselves are a lot more interactive and the kids are more willing to engage with them."

Year 8 student Brianna Cassar, who was part of a classroom iPad trial last year, agrees.

"I think it changed the way you looked at learning," she said.

"It made it very much more fun. It gives you an idea of how you can make assignments so much more creative instead of just writing out of a textbook and into your book."

Come on get appy  with some of these creative tools.

■ Inspiration -  A mind-mapping tool to encourage visual thinking.

■ Educreation - Used to create and share video lessons for all subjects including mathematics and social sciences.

■ Musyc - turns touch into music. Students draw shapes then listen to their piece.

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