What We Know About the iPad


  • Portable, lightweight, easy to transport or put into backpack
  • Mainstream technology
  • Cool factor
  • Multi-touch screen
  • Turns on quickly
  • Easy to navigate (intuitive) - may not be easy to navigate physically for some
  • May be good alternative if student has difficulty using a mouse
  • Can bring iPad to student, not student to iPad (as with a desktop computer)
  • Lots of apps from which to choose
  • Can project iPad screen for classroom viewing
  • Can project individual iPads to teacher's computer
  • Can pass iPad between students
  • Has built-in accessibility features
  • Attractive price point
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in camera(s)

Compensatory Purposes:

  • Can be used to augment expressive communication - initiate, terminate, comment, request, reject, ask questions, provide information, interject, direct the actions of others
  • Can be used to augment written communication
  • Can eliminate need to carry books
  • Can improve independence - decrease scribe use, decrease dependence on parapro to turn pages, carry materials, etc.
  • Can facilitate organization
  • Can provide reminders, thus supporting memory

Requirements for Efficiency and Effectiveness:

  • Wireless access sufficient to handle load
  • Printing capabilities may be desirable
  • May want to use restrictions (in settings)
  • Determine appropriate positioning
  • Determine accessibility features
  • Procedures for procuring apps, syncing, and managing devices

Here is a document compiled from QIAT members contributions that summarizes features.