iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

Encouraging Learning Through Mobile Technology Use

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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

The Evidence Is Here…

Just a small portion of the crowd at Michelle and Jess’ presentation.

On the weekend the annual ICTEV (ICT in Education Victoria) 2013 Conference took place and two of our very own staff, Michelle in Yr 6 and Jess in Yr 3, presented on the wonderful things that we are doing within our 1:1 iPad Programs.

I have been fortunate enough to hear from several of the people that attended their session and they all had nothing but excellent things to say!

One of the highlights from the presentation that Michelle and Jess gave was a video they showed which had been created by one of Michelle’s fantastic year 6 students, Leah. The video, which is embedded below is an outstanding reason as to why our staff and students are leaders in technology use to support learning.

Leah created this digital story based on a narrative that she had written in class and as you can see, it is absolutely amazing! The creativity that she has displayed, especially seeing that the entire video was created on an iPad, is stunning.

If you ever needed evidence to prove that technology has a place in an educational setting to support teaching and learning, this is it.

Enjoy!

 

Pic Collage

One app the kids in year 6 and 7 have come to love is Pic Collage. Like a lot of applications that may seem one¬†dimensional, and this is an example, once a bit of creative thought is added, most app’s can be so much more and this is certainly one of them.

Students via this¬†application¬†can create more than just Collage’s of their favourite pics and images. They can¬†use this app in¬†many¬†many ways to support what is being covered in class. Students can take photos of their work and¬†comment¬†on what they have done via the text box function. They can also use the editing options available to them to alter and change the¬†appearance¬†of¬†images¬†taken. Stickers can be added to images as well as being able to change the background look also of what images and text you may be including.

Lastly, as the two creative young lads below have demonstrated, you can use your photo editing skills to really manipulate and alter images! If only the photo below was real… or is it?

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!

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Creating on the 'Pad!

LBS - Melbourne's International Film Festival for Kids

Today several Colleagues and I took a group of Secondary students the the ‘Little Big Shots’ Film Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne. The purpose for the outing was to reward the students for their great work throughout the Semester re: their Digital Creation classwork but to also open their eyes a little wider and see the great films out their that are being created for their age group.

The ‘Little Big Shots’ Film Festival is the, as the Website explains… “The festival now stands as Australia‚Äôs only major stand-alone kids‚Äô film festival – a niche Australian event. With its focus on short films for kids plus plenty of competitions and opportunities for involvement, Little Big Shots is one of the year‚Äôs most exciting experiences for kids.”

We were fortunate enough also that we even met one of the Actors in one of the short films we viewed, Harvey, who’d flown all the was from L.A. in the U.S. to be at the festival itself! Autographs-a-plenty!

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Ok… the real reason for this post. It is to share what I managed to create on my iPad2 on the bus on the way back to the school, all in 7 1/2 minutes! Now i am not saying that what you’re about to view is a sensational masterpiece or something that comes even close! However, it does certainly highlight just what can be created on such a mobile device in such a short amount of time.

The ‘iPad’ critics out there who see the iPad, and i suppose other forms as mobile technology as not being equivalent to a NetBook or NoteBook/Laptop, are kidding themselves (personal thought!). For me, who rushed this in the time i had left on the bus, to create a minute long HD video, about what i had viewed that day with my students, is a great example of what students can achieve with these devices. The difference being, their’s would have been 10X better. Give me another 7 1/2 minutes and it would begin to resemble something near what i know our iPad kids could’ve, actually would’ve, created!

I used the camera to take the shots (now the Camera’s not great, but it works!), I used a variety of paint/drawing programs for the text, these being Penultimate, iDraft and neu.Notes. And then, to tie it altogether, iMovie! Simple, fast, EFFECTIVE! I also forgot to mention Rich, Relevant and Engaging!

Tomorrow our Yr 6 iPad students are heading to the Melbourne Zoo with their ipads tucked firmly under arm and i know that the teachers in that area will be driving and pushing for amazing and exciting digital creative work to shine from what the students see and investigate! So… watch this space!

My short and sharp film!

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