iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

Encouraging Learning Through Mobile Technology Use

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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!

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! 🙂
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!

A few more special guests!

http://www.weetangeraps.act.edu.au/

http://www.fcps.vic.edu.au/

This was another big week at Manor Lakes P-12 College as we had another two wonderful groups of people out visiting our College to discuss all things iPads, 1:1, BYOD and technology integration in general!

There’s certainly been little to no sign of visitors letting up coming to out College and that we feel is a great thing! Being able to share our ‘journey’ with other schools and colleges who are either thinking about, beginning to head down, or are well on their way to implementing 1:1 iPads makes for some very worthwhile professional discussions.

Phil, James and Pam from Weetangera Primary School in the ACT (A big trip down!), were visiting Victoria and a number of school in and around Melbourne to see high quality teaching and learning programs based upon 1:1 technology integration as well as iPads being used to compliment teaching and learning programs, but also as to wether or not these devices can promote student learning outcomes. When Phil asked the question if we feel that iPads have promoted student learning outcomes we feel, quite confidently, that the answer is yet. What our challenge is now is to collect concrete data to prove this claim.

To quote the 2010/11 DEECD iPads for Learning Trial Independant findings;

“DEECD’s 2011 iPads for Learning – In Their Hands trial placed around 650 iPads in ten primary, secondary and special schools. The trial has investigated the capacity of iPads to …

  • increase independent and self-initiated learning among students
  • increase student motivation and active engagement in learning
  • improve teachers’ capacity to plan for and meet individual student needs
  • improve student learning outcomes
  • extend students’ learning beyond the classroom
  • improve parental engagement in learning and strengthen home-school links

 … and found that effective use of iPads can lead to all of these outcomes.” (I&J Management Services, 2011).

Passion Project!

I’d like to thanks Phil, James and Pam for not only their visit but for also their willingness to discuss, ask and share professional practice. A very worthwhile visit i felt for both parties!

On Friday we were lucky enough, for a second time around, to have several staff from Footscray City PS come to our college. Jessie, Emily and Kirsten arrived to view our 1:1 iPad Programs and to witness how our staff utilise these devices to foster student learning outcomes. Like with Weetangera’s visit, this was yet another that i feel proved just as valuable for both parties involved. It’s great to be questioned by our visitors relating to our schools professional practices, mainly around Professional Learning and technology integration. Footscray City are well on their way towards the technology goals they are wanting to achieve and hearing what plans they have for the future, also just like Weetangera PS, i am sure both settings will very shortly become leaders in this area!

 

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.

Sovereign Hill iPad Excursion

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.

Eureka!

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!

SovHillEx2012

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 CollagePopplet LiteBamboo 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!

Teacher iPad Professional Learning Day

The information below can be found on my personal blog however as this information relates strongly here also, thought it best to place it on both blogs! Enjoy!

Our playground for the day…

Last Friday our College had a Curriculum Day which gave staff throughout the school the opportunity to attend relevant Professional Learning. Several hot topics were listed for staff to focus on such as Differentiation, ADC (Australian Developmental Curriculum), Literacy and the National Curriculum, and of course, Learning with iPads, just to name a few.

Staff were given the opportunity to place their name under the relevant professional learning that they wanted to attend in a Google Doc, and the rest as they say, is history.

Being given the option to run a Curriculum Day event based on ICT and more specifically Mobile Technology (iPads), was fantastic. As we run 2 1:1 iPad Programs (prep and years 6 and 7), it gave teachers a chance to learn more about how iPads and Mobile Tech could be integrated in to teaching and learning programs. I had a number of specialist staff from the Phys Ed and Arts areas also attend and this was great as they could gain a greater understanding of how Mobile Tech could be utilised within their own specialist programs!

As we place such a large emphasis on engagement within teaching, i thought it imperative that i do not give a ‘stand and deliver’ type of scenario as that is simply not engaging, no matter how good your Keynote Presentation is!

So…

The day that i orgainsed ran in the following manner;

1. An iPad Amazing Race. 

This involved staff being given an iPad with the selected year 6 and 7 applications, as well as a created eBook that I had produced in their iBooks library. This book outlined exactly what each staff member was to do for the morning and that being having staff visit and use Federation Square as the meeting point, as well as the surrounding landmarks and attractions, to complete a series of iPad based tasks using the app’s available to them! They were to do this in any order, individually, pairs or small groups, and aim to complete as many of the tasks set with the time that they had.

I have embedded all relevant documents below as well as the PDF File of the eBook.

PDF: Curriculum Day Information Document: ICT Curric Day 2012

PDF: iBook Author PDF Version: Curric Day 2012 – Mobile Tech

2. Lunch… at a pub of course! That’s always engaging! 

3. More structured PL held at our IT Partners (Xcite Logic) Offices in Collingwood. 

Anita L’Enfant, Xcite’s National Manager for Professional Learning, run my staff through effective iPad Use and showed them a number of applications that could be utilised within their teaching and learning programs. I have listed these applications below as well as a short piece about what they are and what they do. Thank you to Anita for running the afternoon’s session as it was great for my staff to have Professional Learning that was not ran by myself.

On reflection, and apart from the weather being terrible in the morning, and the iPads not have decent Wifi connectivity, i was very pleased with how the day ran. Feedback from staff was outstanding and i also need to thank them for their patience and participation throughout the day! One thing that I would liked to have altered was the activities within the morning ‘Amazing Race’ component. I would have liked these to not be as… one dimensional as they were, meaning i found them to be a little in the ‘substitution’ mould of things. Meaning, I would have liked a more creative element to them, to really showcase what the iPad can do. But alas, something for next time. I felt the lack of wifi hindered this also and although Federation Square has free Wifi, it’s not reliable for what i would have liked to do.

Working Hard!
Collaborating!

Below I have included some feedback from staff about the day which I was very happy to receive!

“Last Friday was really good. It was really worthwhile. I learnt how I could use some the apps in an engaging and practical way that then could be taken back into the classroom and be extended upon for learning. I enjoyed having the opportunity at Excite to explore Apps and work on our books. I liked the application of using it at Fed Square as that is an accessible venue for us to visit for excursions, particularly with years 9 and 10’s.”

“I thought that all of the planned activities were great. It gave me a chance to really think about how I can utilize ICT in a PE environment. Personally it gave me time to experiment with assistance the use of different Apps. I would feel more comfortable in using iPads in PE after being exposed to using an iPad and the various Apps.”

All in all I’d love to run a similar day again, perhaps a whole day of the mornings activities with more staff, with more of a creative and collaborative focus. As mentioned i hope that the staff who attended took some valuable things away for future use because as we know, PL that assists us in becoming better educators is PL worth attending!

 

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!

Mt. Clear PS Visit

 

Today our College had the pleasure of hosting Kerry and her staff from Mt. Clear P.S. in the Ballarat region. Their visit was part of their Curriculum day through looking at a range of topics which were heavily teaching and learning orientated, as one would expect from a Curriculum day outing!

The ’20’ strong visit was spent largely visiting classes from Prep through to Year 6 and witnessing the teaching and learning that was taking place. The three main aspects and foci for the day for Mt. Clear’s visit were:

Planning for Open Spaces and Shared Groups / Team Teaching.

Using ICT to Support Learning.

Assessment and Tracking Student Achievement Electronically 

As far as visits to our College go this one was perhaps a lot more in-depth than others that I’ve hosted as there was a far greater focus here than simply iPads being used for educational purposes! In saying this it was great to share all that we were doing as best i could and not focus solely on iPads and technology. As a College it is great to be able to share our story yet also learn from others who are moving towards a similar path in their teaching and learning programs!

There were many questions that came thick and fast, which was great as that is what professional visits are all about. These questions ranged from our planning time as teams and strategies revolving around this to how technology assists us with not only our students but also our teaching. There was a great focus upon Assessment and how we as a college were differentiating for the various learners in out college. We both agreed upon that differentiating is more than developing 3 tasks of varying ability for a particular task. That there needed to be multiple entry and exit points for students to both obviously enter the task and then also exit.

Prep's Hard At It!

I personally would have to say a highlight of the day being the Preps and their amazing ability to navigate their way around an iPad! The work that they were involved in the iPad rotations that were taking place, all of which were literacy focused were outstanding!

So all in all I hope that the crew from Mt. Clear who visited us today got something valuable out of what they saw and that they can perhaps take an idea or two away for use in their own practices!

Mt. Pleasant PS PL Visit

http://www.mtpleasps.vic.edu.au/

Yesterday we again had the pleasure of hosting another school to our college for a PL experience revolving around our 1:1 iPad program, Mt. Pleasant Primary School from Ballarat.

Their Principal Phillip Gladman and 3 of his dedicated staff came out for half a day to see our students in action and converse with several of our staff members about the trials and tribulations surrounding a 1:1 iPad program. As I say to all visitors that we have to our college I feel that there’s no better professional learning that can take place other than visiting other schools and seeing effective teaching and learning in action.

iPads and Science = hand in hand!

Filming their work for reflective and creative purpose!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip and his staff were keen to see how our iPads were being integrated in to our classroom settings as well as finding out some of the particulars surrounding our 1:1 model.

It is always great to hear what other schools are up to and how they, themselves are integrating technology in to their own teaching practices and then to have the option to network and discuss professionally what each setting is doing.

One of the things Mt. Pleasant were interested in were how student/teacher correspondence is managed, especially in relation to teachers obtaining work, etc…

At MLC we use two main methods, Dropbox but also of Google App’s and Gmail.

Being a Google App’s for Primary and Secondary Education College, we have pretty much full range and use of Google’s Applications meaning that all students in our College can be issued with a Gmail account, 25GB of online storage, and full access to the suite of app’s available. At this stage we have all students from years 5-10 with their own MLC Gmail account. This makes the sharing of work via email with staff a very easy and efficient process. For more information of the whole Google App experience, head here: Google App’s for Education.

Collaboration at it's best!

Engagement. A wonderful thing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another excellent resource that we discussed was that of YouTube for Schools, which as a college are currently about to roll-out. Like most, if not all schools in that state of Victoria, Internet bandwidth can be a major issue for schools and colleges. This means that when there is heavy traffic on a schools network, the internet can become very slow causing for headaches, frustration and often mass confusion! If schools have sites like YouTube unblocked, this can obviously result in a LOT of downloads, and as a result the Internet at that school will become very slow.

YouTube for Schools allows for schools to set up their networks and back end so that when students access YouTube, they are instantly redirected to the YouTube for Schools section, giving them access to ONLY educational based material plus, any other mainstream videos that staff have added manually. I know here at MLC this will drastically cut down on bandwidth issues we occasionally have with students streaming video off YouTube to solely listen to music. For more information on this, click this lick: YouTube for Schools

Lastly, I showed several excellent resources and sites which can support iPad implementation and application finding for educational needs. These I will include, once I collate them all in to an organised manner, in to a new post!

Hopefully the fantastic people from Mt. Pleasant PS took something away from their visit that they can use, either positive or negative from their experience!, which will assist them in their tech integration! We look forward at hearing of the great things that I am sure are already coming out of such a focused and driven school!

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