“What can the iPad do that is not possible without it? Put another way, what problems does the iPad solve?”
But the learning environment you’re starting with can make a big difference as well. I
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. " --Albert Einstein
There’s a natural inclination to stay in your comfort zone. We shun change. Many school administrators and teachers would rather continue using the same pedagogical practices they have always used in the classroom. When asked to use technology, they place a premium on technology that can make their existing practices easier and more efficient. Why purchase expensive technology and then using it to reinforce outdated pedagogical practices such as frontal lecturing, content delivery, and drill and practice?
schools sometimes give teachers their own, assuming teacher use in a personal environment will translate to expertise in a work environment.
Teachers need instruction on how to incorporate the devices into the learning process, which is quite different than trying out a few apps.