Using iPad in the Cosmetology Classroom: An Instructor’s Point of View

As an educator at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury, I am super excited that the iPad® has been brought into the campus. Our students are incredibly creative and thrive on the opportunity to offer our guests the ability to change their entire look and self image. We are utilizing the iPad on the clinic floor everyday to help guests better understand our “foreign” terms: remove bulk, texturize, piece. We can now show the guest exactly what we are talking about (smokey eye vs. racoon eye, for example). This also eliminates the guest’s wonder of “do we really understand?” and “am I getting what I asked for?”

Originally, I wondered if the classroom would use the iPad aside from reading the textbook and looking up cuts and colors. Would the temptation of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube prove to be more interesting than the classic demonstration? The answer? No!

The iPad has been the most useful tool ever. It does take some getting use to, however, most apps are user friendly and free. I can review with the students at their pace. I can record and allow them to test privately without interruption. We use color-coded highlighting to indicate review or exam. I now do interactive whiteboard presentations and the students can collaborate with me. They receive information that comes from trusted and reputable manufacturers about products and services. Rather than watching slide after slide of information to take notes, this information comes in small, digestible increments of text, photo, video or interactive media. My classroom is fun and creative and the students are just as excited about the technology as me. Everyday we inspire the next great idea.

Students are able to put together online portfolios of their work which they can present during a job interview. They can even make a video resume! Most employers are looking for an employee that is not afraid of technology and has the ability to use it…taking their business into the future.

Written by Amy Stolber, MSC-Woodbury Instructor and iPad enthusiast

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