iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

Encouraging Learning Through Mobile Technology Use

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2014 Prep Transition (iPad Info) Afternoon

This afternoon we held our 2nd Information Afternoon for our new Prep parents for 2014. It was great to see so many people attended and absorb what was a small mountain of information!

Below, I have embedded the Haiku Deck Presentation which was shown to those attending parents giving them a brief overview of the iPad Program for 2014. If those parents who attended have any questions, or anyone else has a few minor questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

 


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

 

Please note that the Haike Deck above was created using the ‘Beta’ Web based version, which I have found to be excellent yet still a little clunky. I.e. Not saving corrections and changes…:)

 

MLP12C 2014 iPad App Lists

Hello!

In the post below I made reference to our 2014 iPad Application Lists and them being ‘housed’ in a shared Dropbox folder for all to access! As of yesterday we had finalised, and thank you largely to our Support Centre Staff for their assistance, our Middle Years Support Centre Application list.

I have attached the now 3 App lists below for your download and perusal!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

MLP12C 2014 EY App List

MLP12C 2014 MYSY App List

MLP12C 2014 MYSC App List

2014 eLearning Documentation

Hello All!

In recent years we have delivered alot of our ICT and eLearning documentation via the old fashioned paper way! This year however we are aiming to move more towards digital forms of documentation that parents, families, and the wider community have access to online.

Below, you will find a link to a shared DropBox Folder which contains update to date eLearning documentation for 2014. An outline of what is included in this shared folder is below.

The ‘big ticket’ items contained ion this folder are of course our 2014 iPad Applications Lists for our Early Years and Middle/Senior Years students as well as our 2014 iPad Integration Guide.

This guide is aimed at assisting students, families and our staff in understanding Mobile Technology integration, our College’s philosophies and goals behind iPad integration, using an iPad for the first time and also iPad management set up and solutions.

This documentation is still in draft form and the folder itself will be updated and added to as time progresses.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the College to discuss these further!

Thank you!

Dropbox Link:  http://goo.gl/7bA7dW

File Name File Type Description
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA P-4 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Early Years Sub School.
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA 5-8 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Middle Years Sub School.
2014 MLP12C ICT AUA 9-12 PDF Our student ICT Acceptable Use Agreement outlining expectations of device and online behaviours for students in our Senior Years Sub School.
MLP12C 2014 EY App List PDF A list of all applications required by our students in years 1 and 2 to support their learning.
MLP12C 2014 iPad Guide iBook File Our college iPad Integration Guide for students, teachers and families. This is a Multi Touch eBook which can be downloaded only on devices that have Apples ‘iBook’ application. This being iOS devices and MacBooks running Apple’s 10.9 Operating Software.
MLP12C 2014 MYSY App List PDF A list of all applications required by our students in years 6-11 to support their learning.
MLP12C 2014 PDF iPad Guide PDF A PDF version of our Multi Touch eBook. This is smaller in download size as it contains none of the high-end media the iBook version does.
MLP12C iPad Connection Guide PDF A document created by our IT Technicians to support families in setting up their device for the first time.
Parent Guide – Apple ID PDF A guide developed by Apple to support Parents in setting up and creating Apple ID Accounts for their children.

MLP12C BYOD Presentation

Hello All!

Firstly, thank you to those parents who turned out for last nights MLP12C BYOD Information Evening. We hope that what was presented clarified a few things for you and any questions that you may have had were answered.

Please find below the ‘Prezi’ presentation that was shown last night.

If you have any questions about the presentation, and or about anything relating to our BYOD Framework Models for 2014, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Thank You.

 

BYOD Parent Information Evening

Hello MLP12C Community.

On Wednesday the 6th November we will be holding 2 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Information sessions to support our families and caregivers in transitioning towards a BYOD framework.

Currently for 2014, students in years 1 and 2 as well as 6 to 11 will be involved in our BYOD programs. This approximately makes up 80+% of our college 1:1 devices where we will see close to 2000 1:1 devices on our network. This does not include staff laptops and personal devices.

The two session that are being hosted will give parents and our community a greater insight into what BYOD essentially is, why we as a College moved towards a BYOD framework in 2011, and how we can and will offer support to families involved in this technology integration model.

The parent information note is attached below, as are dates, times and the location.

Thank you.

2014 BYOD Parent Session Evening Notification.

  • Date: Wednesday 6th November
  • Session 1: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Session 2: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: Eyre Resource Centre

 

Photos & i-Cloud

Recently we have had several students and families inquire about the use of iCloud to back up the images on their iPad Camera Roll. One reason being that if, for whatever reason, an iPad device is needing to be restored, is lost or even damaged beyond repair, then those images are lost which can be quite a pain!

Below are some basic instructions, as well as some extra information, on how to use the 5GB of FREE cloud storage you receive when you use your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.

Firstly, to view your iCloud settings to see exactly what you are syncing to the ‘cloud’, you need to go in to your Settings and tap on iCloud.

From here you will then see all items that are checked, or turned on, that are being synced across different devices you own as well as to iCloud. Why is this a good thing? If you lose your iPhone/iPad for example then all items in your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook are backed up and not lost forever! Also, the feature that I love, is that if I create Reminders or Notes on my iPhone, they will be synced and pushed across to my iPad device. Very handy feature to ensure I am not jumping from iPad to iPhone and vice versa.

As you can see below, one feature that is a MUST to be turned on is the ‘Find My iPhone’ Feature. For this to work you also need to turn on the ‘Location Services’ feature in your Privacy settings and once in that, activate ‘Find My iPhone’. We have used this at MLP12C to recover several missing iPad decvices.

One major feature of iCloud apart from the backing up and syncing your Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook, is the Photos feature for the saving and backing up of all of your images. A great here is that even if you decide to use ‘My Photo Stream’ to back up your images, this WILL NOT count towards to your 5GB of cloud storage!

As the image above shows, when My Photo Stream is turned on, images taken on one particular device are also synced and shared across multiple devices. This is only the case if you are using your Apple ID on more than one device, as well as have iCloud turned on on both devices. This means if I take a photo on my iPhone, and all iCloud and Photos settings are turned on multiple devices I own or are part of my Apple ID, then that image will appear on those devices in the Camera Roll.

This can be a great thing! Yet can also cause headaches if people in a family are using different devices yet sharing Apple ID accounts. Images taken by one person, say on an iPad, can be seen on other devices using the same Apple ID.

So. The choice is yours! If after all of this you’re thinking ‘My Photo Stream’ and iCloud are not for you, then here are a few other methods for backing up images taken on iOS devices.

1. Use another cloud based storage site such as Dropbox or Box. These are easy to set up, free (giving you limited storage) and easy to use.

2. Use a Dedicated Photo cloud storage solution such as Picassa (Google) or Flickr. Flickr gives you 1TB (1000GB) of free photo storage space! That’s anything from 1 million to 10 million images!

3. Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC and back up your data, including your images, that way. In saying this, ALL iOS devices should be backed up at some point to a Mac or PC.

We hope this information helps! If you are however after more information, head to the Apple Support FAQ Site below!

 

2014 1:1 Device Provisioning Information

Hi all,

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!

Thank you.

iPad Early Years: Prep, 1 & 2 – 2014

iPad Middle Years: 6, 7 & 8 – 2014

BYOD Technology Program Senior Years: 9, 10 & 11 – 2014

MY Student iPad Perception Survey

Hi All,

It has been a little while since we’ve last posted  and our apologies for that! We’ve had some amazing things going on in recent weeks prior to the school holidays and even this week with our Prep cohort taking their College iPad devices home is very exciting in itself!

So, to the crux of this post.

Middle to late in term 2 of this year we decided to survey a large cohort of our Middle Years students (Yrs. 6, 7, and 8), all of whom are involved in our 1:1 iPad Program. Over the past two years we have decided to survey our students about their iPad, or more so Mobile Technology use to assist us in gaining a slightly better understanding of their feelings and perceptions relating to the use of their devices to support their learning.

I have included aspects of the completed data below. Our next step is to unpack this a little further with both teachers within their teams as well as the students themselves.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey data displayed, feel free to leave a comment below.

Prep iPads Heading Home!

Last Wednesday night we held an information session for all our current Prep students parents relating to our 1:1 Prep iPad Program. The reason for this session was to inform parents that the iPad devices that their child had been using for the last term were in fact going to start heading home at the beginning of term 3!

Throughout the second semester last year we trialled this within our 1:1 program to assist and foster greater learning opportunities outside of the college setting, and with great success.

As you will see in the embedded presentation below, the aim of taking the iPad devices home is:

  • To move learning beyond the 4 walls of the classroom
  • To engage parents and carers in their child’s learning via the MLP12C Prep Curriculum
  • For students to develop in their journeys at home via mobile technology use

Parents on the night were very supportive, as they have always been and are, and asked a multitude of questions in how the devices could be used and how they could become greater involved in their child’s learning.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be very much looking forward to seeing how the devices are being used at home.  We’ll be wanting to see also just how the collaboration between college and home can assist learning through mobile technology use!

Yr 6 Commercial Design & Development

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!

 

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