It has been far too long. Below you will find 3 letters directed to all members of our college that have been split into Early Years, Middle Years and Senior Years respectively.
These letters outline what is happening within our 1:1 cohorts in 2014, which is outlined also below;
PREP; 1:1 iPad Program – College Owned Devices
YRS 1, 2, 6, 7, 8; 1:1 iPad Program – BYOD Funding Model
YRS 9, 10, 11; 1:1 Apple Technologies Program – BYOD Funding Model
YR 12; 1:1 MacBook Pro Program – College Owned Devices
For parents and caregivers, any questions can be directed towards the College via the details on the attached letters.
As a College we eagerly look forward to continuing our wonderful partnership with families and the MLP12C community to continue the high quality use of Apple Technology to support and leverage student learning!
Of recent weeks our Year 6 students have embarked on creating advertisements relating to their inquiry unit focusing on Economics! Students are wanting to raise money for charities that either they have decided upon and are wanting to support and/or have been selected by their teachers.
The examples below are just 4 of these marvellous creations, all made entirely on their own mobile devices, in and out of the classroom! These are indeed just another example of the outstanding work our kids and staff do in relation to using mobile technology, iPad devices, to support learning and teaching!
Yesterday I was able to pull together some time to get about and about amongst our year 1 and year 6 classes to see our 1:1 iPad program in action.
Immediately it was evident that our students and staff have responded to the use of these devices extremely well when integrating them in to teaching and learning programs and support learning.
As these two cohorts are essentially new to 1:1 iPad use, although our year 1 students last year had 1:1 iPad access under a school owned model, I thought it important to touch base with teachers and students in a more informal setting via conducting my own little “learning walk” throughout these areas.
As i mentioned it was immediately evident that the devices were being utilised to support teaching and learning via the following;
Students were engaged and on task with their devices
Students were given space and responsibility to select how they were to demonstrate their learning. I.e. Choice of app’s and presentation methods.
Students were using their devices to reflect on their learning using applications such as Explain Everything and Educreations.
Staff were using the devices with both purpose to make the technology use meaningful and assisting not as an add on or extra.
Several students were choosing to show their understandings by NOT using their iPads. This falls directly under student choice which we feel is fantastic as kids are not solely relying on their devices to complete work and demonstrate learning outcomes.
Students being creative with their devices and moving away from using their iPads as a substitution method to show their work. I.e. Students using the Minecraft and Eden applications to show their understanding!
And lastly, classes throughout these cohorts having developed blogs, wiki’s and Google Sites to connect with students in an online setting to share,, connect, collaborate and discuss their happenings!
I have included just a few images of some things that I witnessed below to show you first hand what our teachers and students are up to! 🙂
Using the Apple TV and Kanex Connector through a Digital Projector!
The Year 1’s waiting patiently to display their work!
We just had to share the following video that 2 of our year 6 students produced using nothing but their iPads! Impressive stuff!
Their wonderful teacher Michelle told me that her class were investigating different forms of poetry. Some students explored songs and these boys asked if they could change the lyrics of Sweet Child O’Mine. Now, Michelle is somewhat of a ‘rock chick’ and with being one of her all time favourite songs… she of course encouraged their request!
One app the kids in year 6 and 7 have come to love is Pic Collage. Like a lot of applications that may seem one dimensional, and this is an example, once a bit of creative thought is added, most app’s can be so much more and this is certainly one of them.
Students via this application can create more than just Collage’s of their favourite pics and images. They can use this app in many many ways to support what is being covered in class. Students can take photos of their work and comment on what they have done via the text box function. They can also use the editing options available to them to alter and change the appearance of images taken. Stickers can be added to images as well as being able to change the background look also of what images and text you may be including.
Lastly, as the two creative young lads below have demonstrated, you can use your photo editing skills to really manipulate and alter images! If only the photo below was real… or is it?
Yesterday we had a great opportunity in taking our all Year 6 students to Sovereign Hill to see how mobile technology, and obviously in our case iPads, could be best utilised by students!
The idea for this came from having members of the Sovereign Hill education team visit our College early on in the term and discuss not only iPad use by students, but effective and transformative use. We wanted students to be creative and collaborative and demonstrate this via the work they were to complete. We wanted the ip[ads to be used as a tool to assist their learning but also be used in innovative ways to record and gain a greater understanding of what they were to be part of and see.
Stephanie and her team suggested we bring our year 6 students to Sovereign Hill to see how they themselves chose to use their devices to support and enhance their visit. The overall aims of the visit were:
To establish an understanding of how students with iPads would choose to use their devices while on excursion and to complete follow up tasks.
To develop our knowledge of iPad applications that are useful to students and teachers on excursion.
To create a bank of examples of effective use of iPads on excursion that can be used as exemplars for other teachers.
To understand how teachers and students are currently using iPads as educational tools so that our program and resource development can support these learners.
Prior to attending Sovereign Hill with the students, our Year 6 team leader, Michelle, and I visited and spent the day at Sovereign Hill to investigate and plan what we could have the students doing with their devices throughout the day. Of course, we wanted the kids to take ownership of this however we also so wanted some set tasks related to the displays and demonstrations available that were linked to those things, however offered students choice in how they were to present their work!
We felt that it would be a great idea to develop an eBook that we could share with all students to assist them through their visit. This eBook can be downloaded below in a PDF format. The teachers spent some time with the kids prior to the visit to ‘hook’ them in to the activities and tasks directed their way so that they had an understanding of what it was we were asking them to do.
The day involved the students being booked in to several of the many outstanding programs that Sov. Hill has to offer and it was this throughout the day that perhaps proved to be our downfall. The students had very little time to explore and go off on their own to use their devices as we would have liked, and what time they did have solo was spent either in the candy Store or the bakery! Cannot blame them for that!
Over the coming week students will be aiming to complete some of the tasks within the eBook and then share these with their teachers and others.
Thanks to Steph and her dedicated team for the opportunity. Thanks to the years teachers and supporting teachers taht attended and made the day as successful as it was!
Lastly, the students will be completing a survey set for them to determine how they felt their devices could have best assisted them in completing set tasks as well as documenting their day.
If you have any questions about what we were involved in, please leave a comment! Thank you!
After 6 months of seeing our Prep cohort absolutely thrive within the 1:1 iPad program we have running, we;ve decided that it is time for the devices to head to and from school to support the learning occurring at school, at home!
Last Tuesday we held our Prep Information Evening to inform parents that the iPads that their kids have been using will be going home! This was a decision made my the Prep team and myself so as to have parents supporting student learning at home as well as what was being taught at school reinforced. Our Prep Team Leader Sam, and his star studded line up of fellow prep teachers in Elise, Mel, Debbie, Tristane and Rebecca, led this information session and from all reports it was a great success with parents proving to be extremely supportive of our plans.
Below is a short blurb from Sam about the evening as well as the two main documents that were discussed/shown on the night. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
Thanks, and now over to Sam.
“To commence the sending home of iPads as part of our 1:1 program, teachers in the Prep cohort held an information session for parents. Not only did we want to cover our expectations for usage and care, we also wanted to workshop with parents ways in which the iPads could be used at home to be an integral part of their student’s learning.
One thing we pride ourself on as a team is developing our own resources to use on the iPads, namely in the form of video tutorials and texts. We wanted it to be crystal clear to parents that the ‘answer’ to education is not to ‘chuck’ an iPad into a child’s hand and they come out the other end a genius, but simply that we believe the flow of the iPad going between school and home will more closely link the learning happening at school and that the result would be improved student learning.
The feedback from the sessions was really positive. We were excited parents embraced all aspects of the program, including some we predicted may be more taboo than others, for example using dropbox to share content including student work and photos. Thankfully, they saw the benefit a tool like this can have and were willing to work with us in the development of tools such as this in a school environment.
We are excited about the possibilities mobile learning will bring to our curriculum. I look forward to reporting on these developments in the future.”
Lately I’ve noticed an influx of iPad education based blog reviews hitting the web all focussing on learning styles, thinking skills, and developing higher order thinking skills.
Below i have added several great links to assist teachers in using iPads based around developing higher order thinking schills such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s and other key learning strategies.
I have attached below our updated Prep Application List for our iPads! The Prep staff have been using the iPads extremely well over the last two terms and the benefits that we’ve seen in relation to teaching and learning has been nothing short of outstanding! There will be a full report on this at the beginning of Semester 2.
So please feel free to download the latest App list for our Prep Cohort! You’ll find app’s that relate to a wide range of learning areas to support teaching and learning and cover a range of learning styles also.
We hope that you enjoy the newly added app’s and that you and your setting find them useful!
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting with a wonderful colleague of mine, Sam, at the ICTEV Creating Connections Conference 2012. Sam, who is our college’s Prep Team Leader, is known throughout the college for both his high level of teaching ability but also his ability to integrate ICT in to his teaching and learning programs.
The topic of our presentation at ICTEV was titled, ‘Movie making on the iPad, so easy a 5 year old could do it’. Our session involved running participants through how to create simple yet effective movies on the iPad device with just a few simple applications, the main two of these being Doodle Buddy, which is a great free app for image creation, and StoryRobe. This app is an iPhone app however still works great on the iPad device. StoryRobe lets students take photos and create sketches that allow them to sequence, narrate and render films. Photo’s can also be imported from the camera roll and this is where Doddle Buddy is great for that.
The other major component of our session was showcasing and demonstrating the great work our prep’s have been doing in relation to creationg StopMotion Animation pieces! I have asked Sam to write a guest post which is below! I have also added several short videos that the prep’s have completed in class!
I’ll never again be surprised by the abilities of five year olds. I probably shouldn’t be already considering some of the amazing things they’ve already done on iPads and their ability to learn so quickly in general, but when I decided to introduce Stop Motion animation this term, I’ve been staggered at how quickly the Preps have picked it up.
I’ve previously used stop motion with year 7 students. It’s a great hands on tool to engage boys and can be easily incorporated into numeracy, literacy and inquiry learning with a small amount of creativity. Generally speaking the kids loved it and self-taught themselves how to do it. All I needed to do was guide them with storyboarding and the odd quality control conversation.
Introducing it to five year olds is a different story. I want them to play with the technique to explore what it can and can’t do and what it looks like when it is done well and when it isn’t done well.
At Manor Lakes we spend the first two sessions on Monday through Thursday in our ‘Investigations’ time, which is based upon the Walker Learning Approach. Here student choice and interests shape the learning environment and although they hadn’t expressed an interest as such, I set up a ‘stop motion’ interest table to see what response I got. Sure enough the lure of using the iPad during investigations (which we normally haven’t) meant it was a popular choice. I chose a pair of students to teach the basics of the iMOTION HD app to, which took about 5 minutes. I then left the students to have a play to see what they would come up with.
Their first attempt wasn’t bad, but there were arms, hands and unwanted camera movement that could all be improved upon. I quizzed the students’ what did they like, what didn’t they like? They had noticed the hand movements . They had noticed it was too quick in places. I was suitably impressed.
The first pair of students made a cute little film of a tower of blocks being built and then vanishing. We showed it to the rest of the grade during reflection time and they loved it. They all wanted a turn.
My two ‘experts’ then passed on the knowledge by sharing it with a pair of students from our neighboring class. They know are beginning to develop stop motions with blocks, cars and magnetic letters too!
I look forward to our ‘play’ with this animation technique developing into our Preppies developing story-based animations. I’ll be sure not to assume they can’t do it, that’s for sure, but for now I’ll be content knowing what they have already been able to master!