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2014 iPad Program Welcome & Update!

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Hello!

It is with a fair amount of confidence that we can say that 2014 has started off extremely well and at an amazing pace!

Teachers and students have been right in the thick of the action with teaching and learning programs well and truly in full swing, as you would expect. For students involved in our BYOD iPad Program, that being all 620 students in years 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8, we have seen an amazing start to the year with iPad devices being showcased to facilitate and demonstrate teaching and learning programs and initiatives.

The use of mobile technology to cater for individual needs and to support student learning programs in place has certainly sparked creativity, innovation and a desire to showcase learning through the use of the iPad technology.

It has been also great to see students download and use the required iPad Applications to support their learning. As we have cut these down to 15 core applications from at least 60-70 in the past, it is vitally important that students in our Early Years, Middle Years and Support Centre sub schools have these applications. To access the 2014 iPad Application Lists, head to our shared “2014 eLearning Documentation” dropbox folder linked below.

2014 MLP12C eLearning Documentation

Our Year 2 Teaching team have also taken their iPad App usage one step further and developed a new list of ‘must haves’ for their students. This is also located in their shared dropbox folder linked above.

Lastly, we have developed a set of classroom / learning iPad expectations for students in Prep – Yr 2 and 6 – 8. I have also added below our Yr 3 – 5 Classroom Laptop Use expectations also. Teachers are currently using these documents and referring to them constantly to ensure technology integration teaching and learning practices are the best that they can be!

If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact the College. ūüôā

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iPads in our Classroom Yr P-2

P-2 iPad Classroom Expectations

iPads in our Classroom Yr 6-8

3-5 Classroom Laptop Expectations

Laptops in our Classroom Yr 3-5

Out and About…

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! ūüôā
Enjoy!

Using the Apple TV and Kanex Connector through a Digital Projector!

The Year 1’s waiting patiently to display their work!

The Kanex ATV Pro Connector in Action.

App Zone!

Apps For Mobile Learning

We’re always on the hunt for new and exciting¬†applications¬†to use as part of our iPad program.

We’re usually asked quite frequently also where do we find the applications we use? Well, my first response is just about always word of mouth. And that mouth more often than not coming form the students involved in our iPad programs yet also other educators out and about who come across excellent app’s that can be used for learning and teaching purposes.

This morning i came across this great blog post from Edudemic.com, an outstanding online resource for anything and everything education and also technology related.

As the title of the page states, there are 100 excellent¬†applications¬†for iOS devices, mainly ipads, that can be used with your students. App’s that foster creativity and creation as well as app’s that make simple, everyday tasks easier such as note taking and creating flashcards.

This list is well worth a look and tonight during our College’s iPad PLT, we will be investigating our own iPad Application lists to attempt to finalise for 2013!

The 100 Best iOS Apps For Mobile Learning | Edudemic.

Alekarenge School Visit

Teaming Up!

Today we had a visit from a school that was quite different from those whom we normally have through our doors! A school that is tagged as being Very Remote within Outback Australia and due to the vast landscape of our country, and many isolated communities, you can see via the embedded image below just how remote the Kids and Staff from Alekarenge School are!

As part of a student expedition to Victoria, we were thrilled to have had the 16 students and 4 staff out for a morning for a visit and to buddy up with one of our year 6 classes to be involved in some iPad happenings. Alekarenge have their own iPad integration occurring with a large number of devices spread throughout the school of approximately 150 students and from all reports the kids just love using the technology.

It was amazing to see immediately the NT kids and their willingness to get involved and share stories of their journey down south! I did have to apologise to a few of them about the weather and it was close to 20 degrees colder!

After a short tour of the College we then ran a buddy type of activity involving some of our year 6 students and the Alekarenge kids to complete a very quick iPad Scavenger Hunt, which is available here to download: AlekarengeScavHunt.

The students were involved in taking photos of the College with the¬†iPad Camera, using app’s such as¬†Pic Collage,¬†Popplet Lite,¬†Bamboo Paper¬†and even¬†iDraft¬†to record information, share knowledge, collaborate and create!

Soon enough i’ll place a bit of the¬†Alekarenge kid’s work up here to share!

A huge thank you must go to the Alekarenge staff, especially Aleisha C, for organising the visit and going out of their busy schedule to swing by! It was a great morning and one i know our year 6 kids were, and will be, talking about long after!

Thinking with iPads!

 

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.

1. iPad App’s and Blooms Taxonomy

 

2. A¬†Quick¬†Guide on Blooms Taxonomy App’s¬†for¬†iPad

3. K-5 iPad App’s According to Blooms Taxonomy¬†

4. Appitic – Curated iPad App’s for Learning

5. iPad Recommended Educational App Lists

6. Mrs. Alline – Directory of Educational iPad Lists (Bloom’s and MI Included)¬†

7.¬†Applications¬†for Challenge Based Learning – See Below…

Hopefully these few sites come in handy! They have for us!

Our UPDATED Prep iPad App List!

Hi all, it’s been a while!

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!

Thanks.

1-1 iPad App List Prep 2012

 

Stop Motion… with PREPS!

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!

Thanks!

 

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 ‚ÄėInvestigations‚Äô time, which is based upon the Walker Learning Approach. Here student choice and interests shape the learning environment and although they hadn‚Äôt expressed an interest as such, I set up a ‚Äėstop motion‚Äô interest table to see what response I got. Sure enough the lure of using the iPad during investigations (which we normally haven‚Äôt) 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 ‚Äėexperts‚Äô 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 ‚Äėplay‚Äô with this animation technique developing into our Preppies developing story-based animations. I‚Äôll be sure not to assume they can‚Äôt do it, that‚Äôs for sure, but for now I‚Äôll be content knowing what they have already been able to master!¬†¬†

 

Parent iPad Update – May 2012!

Hi all.

Please find below our Parent update letter which was sent home on a combination of either Friday 11th May and / or Monday 14th May!  This letter basically updates parents of a few of the happenings lately in regards to our 1:1 iPad Program in years 6 and 7!

You can also download this document below as a PDF!

Thanks.

 

1:1 iPads 4 Learning @ MLC

Parent Update ‚Äď May 2012

Years 6 and 7

May 2012

Dear Parent / Guardian,

This is simply a courtesy letter to inform you of recent happenings and updates in regards to our 1:1 iPad Program in years 6 and 7.

Once again, we’d like to thank you as parents/guardians for your continued and overwhelming support that we as a college have received. Programs like the 1:1 iPad program can only be successful if we have the high support of yourselves in relation to the high quality ICT programs we here at the college run.

It has been great from an ICT Leading Teacher’s point of view to see the students using their devices as tools to assist their learning. The students have been learning and developing new concepts with the assistance of their iPad device and as their teachers will attest, it has certainly been great to witness. 

Like any new programs and initiatives that we as a college undertake, there are always ‚Äėteething‚Äô issues that we encounter. It has been pleasing that with your support we are overcoming these to ensure that the students involved in the program are using their devices correctly during class via demonstrating¬†behaviours¬†that are expected.

We as a college do ask that you as parents / guardians monitor your student’s iPad regularly for inappropriate content. This can come in the form of inappropriate applications, music, movies and images. It is important that you are aware of what your students are doing on their device, especially whilst not at the college.

We have encountered students that have been using applications in class that we as a college deem inappropriate, such as games that contain adult content and violence. If students are witnessed playing these games in class at any stage throughout the day, students will be spoken to and have that particular application deleted. Parents will then be notified of the student’s behaviour.

Very recently we have had several damaged iPad’s come to visit the tech’s at their office, all damages being smashed and cracked iPad screens. Generally, a broken iPad screen will warrant a replacement of that device however we have worked with our Mac Supplier / Repairers to where we can now have screen replaced for a nominal fee. Parents need to ensure that students are looking after their technology to ensure these types of breakages do not occur.

The downloading of new applications and the updating old ones can be quite a taxing experience, especially if application updates are large in their file sizes. Due to this, and more and more schools moving towards iPads and 1:1 Mac devices, DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), have placed blockages on downloads from the iTunes store. This obviously affects our college greatly, meaning that download times for applications here at Manor Lakes are ridiculously slow, and may need to occur at home. If teaching staff are wanting students to have a particular application they may be asked to download this at home. In saying this, the size of the application will certainly be taken in to consideration. We will also not be asking students to download paid applications.

In relation to the instalments that are required to be paid for the iPad device for those who purchased through Manor Lakes, the second instalment date has come and gone. Can you please ensure you get this instalment paid a.s.a.p. so as to not have any outstanding payments lingering down the track.

Lastly, our college’s reputation of running effective a 1:1 iPad Program has been gaining steady momentum which is a great thing. It is the students involved in the 1:1 program that are making it the successful venture that it is and the work that they are producing has been of a very high quality. We are having visits weekly from schools and colleges from across the state to see just how our teachers are using iPad’s to assist student learning and how students have been creating outstanding work to demonstrate and reflect what they have learnt.

Remember also, that our 1:1 iPad Blog is up and running and a lot of what we do gets posted for all to see so that we can share our journey with others and learn from the feedback that we receive. The link to this is: http://ipads4learning.global2.vic.edu.au/

If you have any questions about anything that has been mentioned above, or something that has not, please contact your child’s teacher or myself directly via the details below.

Thank you.

iPad Update May 2012

 

iPad PLT – Working Together!

Last night for the first time this year our college began the exciting journey of beginning their PLT’s (Professional Learning Teams). Staff at the college had the option to be part of a PLT that had a select focus on a particular learning area, such as ICT and iPads and hence, this blog post!

Within our PLT we have 6 very dedicated staff who are keen to see iPad and Technology Integration occur on a greater scale and it’s awesome to see that the staf within this select group are from year levels across the college.

Being the first meeting of the year it was important to establish protocols and a direction for the team, to ensure that we had shared understanding and common goals to achieve. To assist us with this process, we were asked to use the attached proforma titled: Translating Values & Purposes into Protocols: Professional Learning Teams

 

PLT Doc.

The discussions that came from this PLT last night happened thick and fast with many ideas flowing as to where we would like to head. The following things were discussed:

РCreating a resource for staff who would like to embed iPad Technology in to their teaching and how best to assist this.

– Creating an Application List which links in with the National Curriculum and what app’s can best support specific learning areas.

РAttending other schools who were running rich iPad 1:1 programs to witness best practice in action and how we could then adapt and implement that in to our own setting.

РDeveloping a website which support not only our staff but also other across the world in iPad implementation with lesson plans and application ideas. This could then also become a collaborative exercise with other educators from all over adding to the site.

One resource we focused on and discussed was the Contemporary Literacy Research Project that we were involved in throughout 2011. Here is the project explained;

“This Contemporary Literacy Practices of Preps e-book has been developed to showcase the range of learning opportunities possible when digital technologies become an integral part of children’s‚Äô learning and development. The e-book is also a testament to the amazing capabilities of young learners to acquire the necessary digital literacy skills necessary for participation in life. The e-book highlights how technologies can help support sharing, collaboration and communication in and beyond the classroom.

The 63 learning activities featured in this e-book were derived from a 2011 DEECD research project, Contemporary Literacy Practices of Preps involving Prep classes from 20 Victorian Primary schools state-wide.”¬†

The 63 learning activities that were developed form the schools that were involved are excellent and to be a teacher and have access to this resource is great. Head to the following link and have a look at what was created by the schools involved! Contemporary (Digital) Literacy Practices of Preps e-Books (interactive) 

 

 

So on top of all of this please watch this space! I am sure that what lies ahead of us in relation to assisting not only staff at our college with iPad integration but also all other educators out there with the same thing!

Thank You!

iPad Art Creation

Yesterday whilst walking through our Art Building i noticed the work below having being written up on the whiteboard for our students to complete…

iPads 'n' Art...

I thought this was a great task for students to show off their iPad creation skills¬†through¬†being involved in PBL (project Based Learning). I will¬†certainly¬†be keen to see what the final outcome is to this task and what the students come up with. The App’s that have been listed i have¬†explained¬†in a little more detail below!

Notes

Notes

A great Apple Built¬†application¬†that does exactly what it states, allows the user to take quick and easy¬†notes¬†about¬†anything. Notes also allows the user, providing it’s¬†set¬†up, to sync the notes that they take directly to iCloud to ensure that notes are ever lost! You’d hate to lose that idea you jotted down which could potentially change the¬†world!

Composer

strike Notes

Demibooks Composer

This is the First iPad based authoring software for creating interactive eBooks! Similar in idea to that of Apple’s iBooks Authoring software, Composer allows the students to¬†create¬†fully fledged eBooks. Students can create covers, index pages, etc and can embed pictures either taken via the camera or pictures that have been drawn. A little in depth to use from the start, however, once students have gotten the hang of it, they can begin¬†creating¬†excellent eBooks on topics of their choice!

Story Kit

Story Kit

This application is an iPhone app which works brilliantly on an iPad. Students can create eBooks from scratch and share these with friends. To create your story you can add text, add images, record sounds, and ass a host of elements such as text boxes, sound clips and the like. There are also a number of eBooks tht can be downloaded as public domain and then edited by the user, a great feature!

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper

An excellent sketch book and note taking application. A great way to keep a virtual notebook. Students can use their writing skills to create these virtual notebooks which they can then share virtually with other students and staff.

What we’d really love to see if a mobile version of the iBooks Authoring software¬†available¬†for the iPad so that students could then create outstanding e and interactive books for various audiences.

Lastly, on the back of what we’ve already covered, I have included several¬†examples¬†of work that our students have created on their iPad devices within their Art¬†classes. Work which i am sure you’ll agree, is outstanding! Having absolutely ZERO artistic ability i have no idea how, or what app they used to create these great pieces, however, they are stunning and from all reports the students were engaged, collaborating, and displaying outstanding creative talents!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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