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Fed Square, the NGV & iPads

Recently I came across this blog post titled, ‘A lesson at the Zoo: Enhancing Field Trips with iPads‘. The post outlined how a group of 20 odd teachers were involved on a trip to the zoo to investigate how iPads could enhance an excursion!

So, after reading this, what BETTER way to investigate this further than tagging along on our recent year 6 excursion to Melbourne, primarily visiting Fed Square, the NGV, Birrarung Marr, and the famous Hosier Lane, known for it’s outstanding examples of street art.

Was the quietest bus trip ever!

The day’s events were for students to look at an investigate various forms of art and art work and to look at the differences between them. As mentioned already, the viewing of the street art was sensational, as was the art exhibition in the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) showing top Year 12 student Art Work. We also focused upon Aboriginal Art in both painting and sculpture form which was a real eye opener to the students.

Throughout the day, in the rain!, students were taking pictures and video footage of what they saw. To see approximately 120 students wandering around taking photos with their iPads was great and some examples of the photos that they took was outstanding!

Art imitating art?

The task for the students, which i am sure will be directed to an extent from their great teachers, is to utilise the footage and information that they took and sourced to create some excellent informative pieces about their excursion. For students to be utilising mobile technology to build and enhance their learning is certainly a great thing and to see from a teachers point of view. Students engaged in the task, using technology, collaborating with other peers, and demonstrating highly ordered thinking skills.

Once the students have completed their presentations i’ll be sure to get them here for you all to see!

Thanks!

App’s for Multimedia

Below I have embedded a keynote presentation showing which iPod applications our older students have selected for use with their multimedia studies to assist their learning! The majority, if not all of these app’s, can certainly be used in  the iPad device also.Hopefully you find some of these useful!

Thanks!

1:1 Prep iPad Program – Day 1!

Today, we have a very very special guest ‘poster’, the prep poster boy himself, our Prep Team Leader Sam. Today marked thr first day of our prep iPad program and this is Sam’s account of how the day progressed! Thanks Sam!

Today marked the rolling out of iPads to our Prep cohort. We’ve given the kids a few weeks to settle into the routine of school and now was time to add iPads into the mix.

Behind the scenes there has been a lot of work. I spent a few quiet afternoons over summer on the prowl for the best available apps. This has been a challenge. Every app in the app store tells you it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Not every app has made by someone with an education background. A lot of literacy based apps contain accents not suited for Australian students.

The website www.appitic.com was a saviour. There aren’t a lot of other schools using iPads in this age bracket of students. A lot less share this information. We’ve gone into this year knowing that we are essentially writing the script for the use of iPads in a Prep classroom.

Appitic is an app review site run by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs). The apps are well categorized making it easy to search through and have been reviewed by educators, meaning they have classroom use in mind.

We loaded up with a raft of listening post apps (such as the Dr Seuss books) counting apps (such as tally tots) letter formation apps (letter school is a real favorite of the students) and even leveled texts (LAZ library series). These will all play a part in reinforcing and practicing concepts to do with literacy and numeracy during the year.

    

The app I’m most looking forward to using is Storyrobe. This is a simple film making app that I hope to immerse students in during the year. Stay tuned for that!

Before we become master film makers however, there are some simple routines to establish. This is what our iPad celebration today was. Students knew iPads were just around the corner, but not exactly when. They were so excited to see iPads at their tables when they arrived in the classroom this morning.

We used the morning session to establish some simple routines with students. iPads stay in their case all the time. iPads are to remain flat on tables or in laps when in use and, if they had to be carried, iPads were to be held against a students chest in two hands, much like cuddling a teddy bear!

Students then had some ‘explore’ time to practice their safe handling skills and check out the apps available on their iPads. Students were gunning for their ‘iPad license’. They were to receive this once they had demonstrated they could safely handle their iPads and also remember the routines used to safely handle them. They demonstrated this by writing and sketching about one of the rules they could remember.

Routines out of the way and we began to introduce some subject specific apps for our iPads. These were done in rotations. We laminated up the app icons and the apps students were to use was based upon the app icon on their table.

For our literacy session we introduced:

  • rED writing
  • Letter School
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • LAZ level A
  • ToonTastic

And in numeracy:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Counting Bear
  • Letter School
  • Candy Count
  • Tally Tots

In all, I was staggered by the attention my students gave to the whole day. The excitement of having a new iPad would surely be enough to put some off their game. Throw in a learning walk of around ten teachers, a public holiday the day prior, and a 30 degree day and were talking about some serious engagement.

I’ve always been prickly about using ICT solely for engagement, and the apps we use do offer more than that. But I’m left super impressed about what iPads might do for our learning. Spare minutes could be used in play-based app learning, while the arsenal apps we already have assembled surely will reinforce and practice concepts we seek to teach our kids.

If you have any questions for either myself or Sam, please feel free to send us an email or comment on this post! We’ll (Sam!!!), will be sure to keep you posted in the future weeks happening! Thanks! 

Great Free App’s 4 Learning!

You may remember me saying some time ago that the tedious task of developing an application list for our year 6 and 7 students was somewhat… tedious indeed! The app’s which we had selected have been used to great effect so far, especially the free applications as the paid app’s have not begun to be downloaded until this week… as the iTunes cards arrived!

In saying this, we have, and are, always on the lookout for more great and wonderful free app’s to utilise in class and, what do you know, we’ve, or i should be saying our yr 6 team leader and iPad guru Michelle, have come across some great app’s for our students.

And so here they are!

Rover

Rover is an app that allows the user to access certain flash based content on the web, content that is normally inaccessible by viewing net based content through Safari. Mathletics is a great example of this. Rover is powered by the iSwifter platform, iSwifter also being a great free app with similar capabilities (the world’s first cloud-based Flash streaming platform for mobile devices).

World Maths Day 2012

World Maths Day 2012 is here. Today! This year World Maths Day is part of the World Education Games, where students from around the world can not only unite the world in numbers, but also unite the world in spelling! The competitions are independent, and this iPad App is for users participating in World Maths Day.

Math Dragon

Math Dragon needs help solving the sums the teacher put on the blackboard while he’s away! This app has the user controlling a 3D dragon and hunting down turtles who have the answer to the questions of a sum backed on a board stuck on their back. From their, find the answer, and blast that turtle! Once blasted the turtle will drop a ball, collect it, and pop it in the answer bin. If you get sick of waddling around, you can even fly!

Aaah! Math Zombies HD Free Lite

Do you have what it takes to kills the rampaging, well, slowly walking, zombie coming to eat you? Yes? Then this the math game for you. Answer the flash card questions quickly to put a cannon ball through those zombies or die! There are 150 levels to unlock so there is no shortage of zombie killing to be had!

Math Terms

Math Terms is a numeracy based glossary app that includes images and holds over 1000 terms from middle primary to middle secondary.

Number Battle

Number Battle allows the students to practice their mental math skills through answering short, quick, questions based on 2, 3, or 4 digit numbers covering the four operations. Students play this via a blue-tooth connection and take a photo of their friends face. On answering questions correctly, they get to add certain images to that face such as bigger ears, a hat, sunglasses, a funny looking nose, etc… A bit of harmless fun, at your friends expense! There are over 100 item to stick to faces and sound effects can also be added!

Penguin Maths

As this game states, ‘Math should be fun!’. Students can set their parameters for this game by making simple math questions asked to them simple or quite difficult, yet all based around the four operations. Students get asked questions and their penguin jumps from one ice berg to another, all the way to the finish line! If questions are answered incorrect, the poor little penguin drops in to the water. A simple yet rewarding app.

Shuttle Mission Math

Shuttle Mission Math is a math puzzle game that makes algebra, a topic we ALL LOVE, interactive. The goal of playing this game is to find the weight of each alien and assemble a team for the next shuttle mission. Well explained and good fun!

Speedo Math

Like most math app’s, and this is no different, students math skills are challenged through practicing all facets of numeracy such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in a fun and pressure free way. The game has multiple levels and an instant results graph for students to view their progress.

Time Tables Warp

An app to assist students with learning their times tables whilst having fun as they blast asteroids and fly on cyberboard’s, gliding through a virtual 3D environment which is very well done. This app can also be downloaded for Mac’s through the Mac app store for students with laptops. A great app for its reinforcement of times table sums and probably the most engaging of the free math apps! Beats singing the times tables songs!

Dr. Suess Band

This is a great app obviously based on the Dr. Seuss experience of chaos and mayhem, all in the form of Big Band! This app changes your iPad in to a, as the app itself describes, ‘a vibrant, energetic musical instrument that all ages will enjoy!’ Users can play strange and wonderful instruments and there are over 120 combinations of sounds so users, hopefully, will always have a new sound to discover!

Fotopedia Heritage

‘Celebrate the beauty of our world!’ This app was recently placed in Apples Hall of Fame. It contains over 30K inspiring photos and is often referred to as the worlds largest photo book! Fotopedia Heritage gives users access to a virtual passport to the hundreds of sites that demonstrate the world’s ‘collective cultural and natural human legacy.’

Fotopedia Wild Friends

Fotopedia Wild Friends is a photo sharing app that is full of weird and wonderful photos of some of the planets most amazing animals, all of which have been taken by some of Europe’s best nature photographers. A great app for discussion about all things animals through the outstanding photos available.

Scribble Press

Scribble Press is essentially a book creation tool that lets kids create and share their own stories with various drawing and writing tools. Books created can go straight in to your iBook store! An excellent  and outstanding app, one that i have seen used in a few schools already, especially in the junior areas.

 

Ballarat Schools Cluster Visit

Yesterday we had the pleasure of once again hosting not just one school, but a number of schools from in and around the Ballarat region including Invermay PS and Halls Gap PS.

This visit was on the back of the curriculum day that I had the pleasure of speaking at, which I spoke about in the previous post, where a number of smaller schools got together to collaborate on iPad integration and differentiated learning.

It was great showing these staff members around our college and taking them though the iPad areas in years 6 and 7. Once again the students were outstanding in accommodating our visitors and took a little time out of their day to share some of the great things they were doing in class. Our staff also in these areas were also outstanding in speaking to visiting educators and sharing a number of key processes and app’s which they use. The notion and pedagogy which we keep regurgitating, that the technology is just a tool to assist teaching and learning and that we want our students to CREATE RATHER THAN CONSUME, is a key focus for us.

As per usual it was great to sit down and talk about iPads in education and implementation issues and queries that schools had. As in the past a number of these schools were going down the path of a shared device and therefore had issues around students working off multiple devices and how to then keep work either separate or shared amongst the staff. Issues also of wireless and bandwidth were discussed as well as what do schools do financially in relation to mobile technology integration. Do they lease, buy outright, or move towards a BYOD framework?

In relation to the shared options, usually the first response is to use either Dropbox or Box.net, for online cloud services and file sharing. I have recently however come across eLockers (which has been developed in conjunction with StudyWhiz, an LMS), that not only allows students to save to the ‘cloud’, but also collaborate on documents with other students and staff. Well worth a look. More info can be found HERE.

Also discussed were the issues around apple legalities in terms of iTunes and app purchasing, as Apple’s official stance is one device, one apple ID, something that is ridiculously difficult for schools to manage. We spoke about gifting app’s and using app’s which we only free and syncing those on to a number of devices off one account. As we do not have app volume licensing here in Aus, and, understanding that it’s not working all that great in the US, other alternatives may need to be looked at.

Printing in schools is always a hot topic and towards the middle to late last year we made the decision to NOT allow any student in the college to print. We felt that this was a mindless activity, putting it bluntly, as the money that we as a college can save is quite substantial. Paper does not grow on trees.. or does it… as well as printers being made for a disposable market and needing to be replaced every 12-18mths, not to mention ink costs. The greatest reason however for not printing is to have students create outstanding pieces of work and then share that via the web, to give it a greater GLOBAL audience. No matter if it is a movie, a PDF or ‘another’ PowerPoint/keynote’. The use of blogs and wiki’s have certainly allowed for this!

One of the last things that we discussed and spoke about was using the iPad as teaching tool, and the greatest way of sharing and demonstrating work via an iPad device. I know of a number of schools using iPad VGA adaptors to connect to an interactive whiteboard and modelling iPad use that way. One way that we as a college are going is to use flat screen TV’s and Apple TV devices and use the Apple TV’s mirroring capabilities to demonstrate student work and to modelling effective app use as well as many other things. We/I feel that the mirroring capability of the Apple TV devices is excellent as a teaching tool as we found that most of our IWB’s were being used solely as projectors. For under 1K, a relatively large LCD TV can be purchased, along with an Apple TV Device and a Nintendo Wii (just so we can play Mario Kart!)… For more info about the Apple TV devices you can visit the following LINK.

Thank you to all the schools who visited. We as a college look forward to seeing what journey your schools take in tech integration and it’d be great to be in contact along the way, even also setting up some collaborative resources that we can work on together to assist us all in iPad implementation.

Dripstone Middle School Visit.

This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Toni and Kim from Dripstone Middle School from Darwin in the NT.


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Both Toni and Kim were in Victoria as part of a pilot school development currently beginning their own iPad journey, and also in the early stages of developing an ICT for Learning Strategic Plan.

 

Toni discovered our details from the Victorian DEECD’s website iPads for Education and made contacting asking if a visit to our college could be organised, as always, we were happy to accommodate.

 

Toni and Kim both had a solid IT background’s and despite having taught various areas and subjects, had a distinct passion for embedding ICT in a greater capacity at their school. They have just purchased 30+ iPads and were keen to witness our iPad kids in action as well as get down with the students and question them about their use.

 

 

It was excellent to see all of our students on task as we walked around the college seeing what learning was taking place and seeing the great things that were happening in class as part of their daily learning and teaching programs. The iPads were being used to great effect and although students were only using the free app’s from our app list, as we’re still waiting on our iTunes vouchers, excellent work was being produced.

 

As always i was very impressed with our students willingness to take time out of their learning to discuss with our visitors what it was that they were doing and how the iPad as a device could assist their learning.

 

 

The discussions we as teachers had, primarily focused upon pedagogical use of the devices as well as why, we as a college had decided to move towards BYOD. We also spoke at length about what was needed to ensure technology integration in a college or school setting was successful and discussed that both technical support, leadership backing, and, of course $$$!! I certainly hope that both Toni and Kim got something out of their visit. It was pleasure to have them out and we look forward to setting up some kind of collaborative project in the near future!

 

2012 Prep iPad App Listing

 

As has been mentioned in our previous posts, we will be as a college trialling a 1:1 iPad program with our prep cohort of students. Recently, our prep team leader for 2012, Sam (@sirwin2pt0), finalised an application list which he felt would benefit our prep students in relation to utilising mobile technology in class. The applications that have been chosen are to reflect the work that we do at the college with the iPad devices. This being focusing on creation rather than consumption and working collaboratively.

I have attached the App List Booklet for your good selves to look through and please, if you have any comments, feel free to leave a comment. This will be a working document as great app’s for teaching come out all of the time and we as a college want to ensure we are up to speed with what great apps are out there to use. The App Booklet will also shortly be converted to an eBook to be downloaded. We’d also love any suggestions from others who may know of some excellent applications that could be used with prep children to assist them with their learning.

Thanks, and happy viewing.

1-1 iPad App List Prep 2012

iPad Assistance for Parents

First and foremost happy New Year to all. We hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas period and behaved whilst bringing in the new year!

Late late year we had planned to hold a series of parent tech based sessions to give our parent cohort an up to date, relevant, and rich exposure to setting up an iPad Device, an Apple ID, and to manage the settings associated with the device for the 1st time. Unfortunately time had not allowed this to happen, hence, this blog post! We WILL, DEFINITELY, AND PLAN TO, run these sessions during the first few weeks back this year!

So. What is it that is important for parents to know about using an iPad? What is essential for them to know? How do we as a college support them as a family in utilising a device to assist with their child’s learning, yet can be used as a family device also. After considerable thought and a little bit ‘o research, especially from what i encountered from my Beaconhills visit (see our previous post), I have narrowed what was a million and 1 items down to a top 5.

1. Setting up an iPad for the 1st Time

This being a pretty straight forward process with the iPad itself walking you through step by step the complete set up process.

2. Setting restrictions

As a College we believe that it is a good idea for parents to set certain restrictions on the iPad device. These being mainly about App purchasing and downloading so as not to blow out a credit card bill, if you have one attached to your Apple ID account. 

3. Accessing Wi-Fi Networks

Free WiFi is readily available these days from just about anywhere, and knowing how to log on to and access these is important to know. As id how to obviously access your own WiFi internet at home if you have it. 

4.  Security Issues – Passcodes / Passwords

Creating a Passcode lock on the iPad is an important step in making sure that certain people who do not have permission to access the device, cannot. This should be a password that the student and parents know together. 

5. Preventing damages

Things break. Some more than others and some more so easier than others. However, some are not high end pieces of technology either. Like all technology, it is important that students, and families, follow certain steps to ensure that their device is looked after as best it can be.

From all of the questions and queries that we have had as a college who has implemented a large number of iPad devices already, the majority of the questions asked revolve around the things mentioned above. Below you will find a series of links and resources that will help to give a greater understanding of those above issues and queries!

Once the resource materials have been created by myself, i will be sure to share them all with you as per usual!

Thanks again.

iPad User Manual : Here is the official iPad Manual, all 140 glorious pages of it! As you would expect, this detailed manual covers all relevant information and should be able to answer just about any question from correct operating temperature to switching the keyboard so that you can type in Vietnamese!

Apple’s iPad Support Site : This Apple’s Oficial iPad support site. Once again, a great place for all of of your iPad needs and questions. probably, my first point of call would be this site.

Apple’s iPad Video Collection :  Not really a how to on anything, but here you can view great short video clips that demonstrate the iPads capabilities via its many m,any functions.

http://www.theipadguide.com/ : Here you will find some excellent ‘how to’s’ which will hopefully answer the above questions. This is a very comprehensive site to assist people with their iPad device, as well as cover all other related news to the iPad world!

iPad Academy : A great blog which has been designed to help all people of all ages in setting up and running their iPads effectively. This site posts new information frequently and is more often than not of great assistance!

You Tube : The worlds second largest place to search for information, behind Google of course, is a wealth of how to videos and the like! Simply search for iPad2 Set Up and away you go!

If you know of any other excellent sites, please leave a comment and add it below!

Beaconhills College iPad Rollout

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Last Thursday I had the pleasure of visiting Beaconhills College, in Pakenham, approx 65kms south-east of Melbourne.
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What made this visit special was the fact that Beaconhills College were that week undergoing perhaps one of the largest 1:1 iPad rollouts in the world. Approximately 1,800 iPads were being given to all students throughout the course of the week and i had the chance to witness some very excited kids receive their iPads!

Whenever schools decide to go down the 1:1 path it is always an exciting venture wether the machines involved are netbooks, MacBooks, laptops of another description, iPads or tablet device, and so on… I was keen however to see just how Beaconhills went about their rollout, as it was on such a large scale. The main partner involved in assisting them through this process was Xcite Logic, a firm of ICT experts who assist schools with ICT integration, both in network and technical support, as well as professional learning for staff and leadership.

I had the pleasure of meeting Anita L’Enfant, Xcite’s National Learning and Curriculum Manager. It was great to sit down with Anita and discuss her thoughts on 1:1 integration as well as the iPad being utilised as a device to assist teaching and learning. We also spoke about, and it was great to hear it come from someone like Anita who obviously has a vast and detailed knowledge of teaching and learning, that when schools integrate technology, such as iPads, it is not about the technology, but about the learning and teaching that takes place. As i have previously mentioned, and was also one of the key findings in the DEECD iPads for Learning trial, effective teaching and strong curriculum make all the difference in driving student learning outcomes. The technology is only there to assist as a tool. Obviously however, the better the technology, the greater the tool, the greater outcomes that can possibly occur.

Working in a college that will soon in the next 3 – 5 years become as large as Beaconhills College, yet have all of it’s students on one campus, it was great to see how an iPad Rollout of this size was coordinated and ran.

The rollout involved parents and students picking up their iPads and having to attend an information session which was directed to parents about the setting up of a new iPad. Parents were also taken through some of the more necessary information that perhaps they needed to know about, such as setting restrictions and passcode locks!

The main points that were covered and discussed were the following:

– A Limited iPad demonstration which explained the home screen, finding apps (the swipe and the search function), what the settings allow one to do, how to connect to wi-fi networks and taking screen shots and saving an image.

– How to look after the iPad and explain the most common damages that we see to these devices such as dropping it, screen damage (a good screen protector will assist this), liquid damage, charging issues – turning it off completely when not in use for an extended amount of time and keeping the device in an iPad case.

– Safety and security – keeping usernames and passwords secure for all iPad related details such as wi-fi networks, passcode locks, etc…, ensuring that the notion of school appropriate content is adhered to by making sure they understand that the use of the device is being monitored through school system (in the case Casper Suite) and that inappropriate content will be wiped when in the school’s network. Parents were also reminded that the device is to be used as a tool for learning and failure to comply with the college’s User Agreement will result in the loss of the device (both at home and school). Also that NO photos can be taken without the permission of the person being photographed nor can these be placed online!

The college asked the students who attended to have them create a “First day” video about how they feel about having an iPad, what they look forward to doing with it and how they think it will help assist their learning. A nice little task for the holidays!

All of what i had witnessed definitely got me thinking as I had planned to run very similar sessions for parents of our students this year for next years 1:1 iPad programs, however, as it does, time has certainly gotten away from us and this has not been able to happen. So… I am currently obtaining information that will assist parents and answer questions that they may have regarding the iPad and settings that can be put in place. As usual i will certainly keep you all posted!

It was an absolutely intriguing day and i am thankful to Xcite Logic and Beaconhills College for allowing me to attend a small part of the rollout process and to see such a large rollout in action!

DEECD iPads4Learning Evaluation Day

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Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the DEECD iPads 4 Learning Evaluation day at the Victorian Art Centre in Melbourne, a day that i had been looking forward to for quite some time.

It was a day designed to share effective iPad integration practices however more so to reflect on using such a device to assist teaching and learning. It was wonderful to hear the stories of the 10 educational settings involved and see how far that they had come in in the 18mth period of the trial. It was just as exciting to hear what these settings were going to do in the year to come in relation to furthering their iPad journeys.

The various educational settings that were involved in the trial certainly gave a wide and varied indication, all of which was greatly positive, in to how a piece of mobile technology can assist student learning. Specialist schools such as Warringa Park (special ed.), The Victorian College for the Deaf and the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Unit gave great insights as to how mobile technology, with a device as simple as an iPad, can go a long way in assisting students with their learning.

So… down to business. Below i have summarised what “I” found to be the key points of the day broken down in to the nominated categories. A lot of information summarised in to a few sentences/paragraphs. An official report to DEECD will be completed and supplied to the ‘powers that be’ relating to the trial and it’s findings. It is a DEECD decision if that report is handed to the trial schools. Those schools involved in the iPad trial however will receive their own individual reports which i am eagerly awaiting!

Here we go…

– The impact that the iPad had on student learning was high.

– The trial proved, as perhaps we all already knew, that the one factor that drove quality teaching, enthusiastic students and engagement in learning throughout the iPad trial, was quality teachers.

– It’s not the device, but they way that teachers are willing to change their pedagogy.

– The iPad as a device supersedes others. It’s portable, robust, not difficult to maintain, intuitive, and easy to use.

– Students, especially in secondary settings, believed that they know more than the teachers in how to use the device. Primary’s thought they were on par with teachers and students in specialist settings believed that the teachers knew more.

– That overall, the iPad made a great difference to a variety of things. Accessing information anywhere and the notion of ‘speed of information’ was a huge positive.

– Students in secondary settings were less enthusiastic about using the iPad as a learning tool in the classroom. That the older the students, the less engaged they were regardless of having an ipad device.

– A very small cohort of parents across the board felt that the use of the iPad was detrimental to their students learning.

– 89% off all students across the 10 schools felt that the iPad made learning fun.

– The most common activities that the iPads were used for were the following: Finding Information, Presenting, Communication, and Multimedia.

– The primary students stated that they used the devices outside of the classroom. The secondary students, not so much.

– The iPad as learning tool shone when assisting students with special needs, such as verbal and physical disabilities.

– The iPad assisted students to collaborate with others outside of their class and school setting.

– Students who utilised email as a main way to communicate with teachers also were found to share what they had created to other teachers, not just their own.

So as you have just read… a lot of great outcomes! At the end of the day is the question of “Does the iPad have the capacity to enhance and support student learning?”, in short, YES. Schools, colleges, universities and the like would not be moving towards towards mobile technology if there were no benefits. The money would not be being invested in to this type of technology if it were not worthwhile.

The outcomes of the trial also picked up on several key indicators that need to occur in school settings if new technology integration is to take place successfully. Where all of the above is less likely to be successful is here:

– The divide between primary learning and secondary learning are very real.

– The capacity for cross curriculum teaching needs to be greater.

– The logistical set up and infrastructure of colleges needs to be in place.

– Leadership support and understanding needs to be in place.

– Technical support.

– Parental support and encouragement.

– Students involved and support the use of the device.

As i have already touched upon, there appeared to be a divide as to how the iPads were being used in primary as opposed to secondary settings. Something that came out of the evaluation was that secondary students wanted to be using the device more often in classes. As was discussed, secondary students do follow a different model of teaching than their primary counter parts. Different subjects, different teachers. If those teachers of varied subjects are not onboard, then the iPad as a tool to assist student learning would be hindered.

One key theme that i did notice, that perhaps was not directly mentioned in a lot of detail, yet was a common theme of schools and teachers shifting their thinking away from planning around the device, to rather integrating it in to everyday curriculum. A real positive and in my eyes, how it should be! The device is a tool, not the be all and end all of student learning.

A big day with a lot of information! Hopefully you’ve found some use or relevant information from my ramblings!

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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