With a class set of iPads you also have 30+ ways of accessing the interenet but without the awkwardness of then having to complete a piece of work in the limited space left by a computer and keyboard.
Here are some examples of how to make best use of Safari:
Access to online applications:
There are many great online tools that can be used through a web browser (Youtube videos, online dictionaries, blogs etc). Having a class set of iPads can give ready access to such tools.
See a separate post on Padelt, an excellent example of using Safari to make the most of an online tool.
With an internet browser at their finger tips, children can research topics and use the web as a source of information for example using Oddizzi in Geography based learning.
Oddizzi linked to Temple Run:
Christmas themed Geography:
Accessing Weblinks via class blogs:
Combinig the class blogs with web research works particulalry well. Instead of giving children a web address to copy into the address bar themselves adding it to the blog is an effective way of pointing children in the right direction. Similarly, when you want your class to look at a specific website or webpage it is much easier than relying on their search engine skills or giving them an open ended task of 'research x y and z' which often sees a lot of time wasted just looking for a suitable source of information.
Some examples of weblinks created on the class blogs:
Acessing video clips:
As well as quick access to weblinks, it is sometimes useful to use ready access to the blogs via Safari to allow children fast access to video clips.
For example during a Talk for Writing unit, the children had worked in groups to orally re-tell part of a discussion text. By placing the videos on the blog and giving each child an iPad, they were able to access each part of the text if they needed the support during the boxing up stage.
Here are some examples:
Another example is to provide children will videos that would be useful to their learning during a lesson or unit of work
ShowMe is also a great resource for this. See more about ShowMe here: