The iPad Generation – This article originally appeared in Issue 48 of the UKEd Magazine. Click here to view.
The iPad generation. That’s what I call the children of today. Now that’s neither a positive or a negative nickname, just a nickname, however, whatever view you have on it, the impact on our teaching is huge.
Children are brought up with bright colours, avatars, HD and 4K screens, virtual worlds full of weird and wonderful characters and then there’s school. I believe that it is vital that we, as educators, sit up and take note of this and rather than fight against it, embrace it. Make your teaching as fun and as interactive as you can. Bring lessons to life with hands-on experiences, opportunities to enquire and lessons where the children can investigate the world around them.
I read and hear a lot of criticism of the new (not so new) curriculum and how it is bland and dry but I think that it is what you make of it. Outstanding teachers can make even the most mundane of objectives fun. Always ensure that the learning outcome is clear to the children but spend time ensuring that the lessons are as fun and enjoyable as possible. Where learning is fun, more learning is likely to be happening but never lose sight of what the learning actually is.
So, whether you like it or not, the iPad generation is here to stay so immerse your learners in a rich and creative curriculum that no app can compete with!
@deputygrocott Primary Deputy Headteacher – Suffolk