Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The LeapPad

Please note that this is my response to this blog.

    The LeapPad is my favorite "tech tool" thus far. Essentially, it is the kid-friendly version of the iPad.

    Even the physical design is iPad inspired. The LeapPad's screen is a touchscreen, and it comes with two styluses. The speaker is in the front for easy listening, and the volume controls are located on the side of the device, just like the iPad. A "home" button is located on the front of the device as well, just like the Apple product. A camera is built in and able to record videos or take pictures. This device, like its cousin from Apple, can do it all.

    And that's the point. Kids are in awe over the LeapPad because it mirrors the adult-like Ipad. It's all of the fascination without the worry. As iPads start at $500, parents are leery of loaning the device to their accident-prone child. Because the LeapPad is specifically designed to accommodate to the needs of children, it doesn't break nearly as easy. That being said, the LeapPad starts at $99, so parents can breathe easy if there were to be an accident.

    The best part about the LeapPad, though, is that it's educational. Apps can be bought, and they are often in the form of videogames, but the child is always learning. Children love videogames, but often parents worry if their child's brain is melting away. This tool combines the best of both worlds, and often the kids don't even know it.

    I would love to see this being used in the classroom, as it's relatively inexpensive and designed for educating children. However, if the LeapPad is left at home, that works too- children go home and continue to learn far after the dismissal bell has rung. I look forward to hearing more about this device in the future; it is definitely the best that I've seen.

My rating on this "tech tool": 5/5 (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!)


Sunday, October 2, 2011


** Please note that this is a response to this video and the corresponding comments on this blog.

     I have never heard of "Chromebooks" before reading this blog. After doing some research, I have discovered that this is one of Google's newest programs. The benefits are tremendous- both for students and staff- and I'm honestly surprised that it's the first time I'm hearing about this new gadget.
      Chromebooks is a software which is specifically designed to be used in the classroom. Bought in bulk, schools are able to distribute one program to every student- this allows every student to have the same program, and thus, equal opportunity. Also, because all students have the same software, they can communicate through an instant messaging program amongst other students. They are able to discuss projects and ask questions amongst each other, allowing for more effective productivity.
       The most obvious benefit of Chromebooks is that this generation of students are particularly familiar with technology. These laptops will make learning easier, more enjoyable, and students will be better prepared to use these skills in their post-high school lives.
          Chromebooks are particularly advantageous for school staff as well. These laptops have an 8 hour battery life and they "boot-up" within seconds, ready for full use. Moreover, Google provides a central customer support, which eliminates the need to over hire IT staff. Updates for Chromebooks software is rarely necessary, which makes for easy upkeep. And best of all, the school controls what websites students can access during the day, therefore distractions are limited.
        There is, however, the issue of price. The cost of a laptop with Chromebooks starts at about $350. It is an investment that may not be affordable. Perhaps, as time goes on, the software will become less expensive. If the money is there, it is a truly great program.

My rating on this "Tech Tool": 3/5 (due to cost)