In this article, we will discuss some features of the iPad such as the function of speak & spell. It's an unfair comparison I know, but the goal is to show what can be achieved in ESL classes with modern technology.
First, instead of relying on small memory cards for a vocabulary list, the iPad with Wi-Fi settings can harness the power of the World Wide Web. The iPad resources are large enough! More importantly, with software such as Kindle, the entire book can be downloaded and read on-screen. Nowadays, it is an easy option to buy iPads in bulk for schools from any online store.
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So you can see already that in case resources are accessed, iPad is a world apart from their earliest incarnations. There are various applications that are designed specifically for use on the iPad. With the invention of iPads, the invention of new applications has increased at an incredible rate.
Another benefit iPad has that will be beneficial for you in the ESL class is a built-in camera and video camera. It can be used in many ways. A photo story and storyboard can be created, Students can even be filmed doing a presentation or roleplays.
There are endless functions and features of iPads. The beauty of all the available technologies is that it can be carried in a small bag. It can be brought to class and home etc. Teachers can send documents and job training for students from the classroom or from home.