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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!

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

 

Creating a 1:1 (iPad) Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a previous post not all that long ago I discussed a PLT (Professional Learning Team) that we have established at our college. This PLT will focus solely on iPad Integration via teaching and learning around the use of a mobile technlogies in a 1:1 environment.

This Wednesday we continue our journey as a PLT and our fearless leader in the process, Sam, will be guiding us through the following agenda which i believe will be an outstanding start towards what we hope to achieve.

iPad PLT Agenda:

1) Sharing of what is already happening in our classrooms with the use of iPads and technology integration. (15mins)

2) Outlining of lesson template to collect iPad integration ideas and collate as a resource  (15mins)

3) Time to plan lessons and view current units of work to determine IF the iPads can be embedded to assist student learning (30mins)

 

You will need to bring:

– iPad and Laptop (for sharing and planning)

– Some examples of iPad work that has been done in your class, or, apps you have been using. Everyone will get a few minutes to share what has been happening in their class. This may include videos of students using apps, actual pieces of work etc…

– A rough idea of an area you’d like to implement iPads into in your teaching… assessment? involving parents? numeracy? homework? come with an idea so planning will be a little more directed.

It will great to see what staff come to the table with and what their ideas are not only this week, yet throughout the whole process.

One document we aim to fully utilise is the template that we have created to assist staff in their development of technology integration and iPad inclusion. This document is one that we have adapted somewhat from the DEECD Contemporary Literacies Research Project that we were involved in throughout semester 2 of 2011. A document which we found very useful last year and feel that it can be just as, if not more so, throughout our iPad PLT Journey. I have attached the document below for those who wish to view it and even perhaps use it to whatever degree!

iPad PLT Template

Once again, we’ll be sure to keep you posted about our iPad happenings wether they be student, teacher, or community minded!

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 – 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 ‘teething’ 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:

– Creating 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.

– Attending 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.

– Developing 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’ 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!

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!

The Same Path

It's meant to be a path... 😉

This morning i read a great post on a blog that an Educator by the name a John Pearce, who is known for doing extraordinary things with technology integration in schools, came across. John shared this post via his Scoop.it. The post itself begins with the following;

“In a response to a well written and thoughtful post that I recently read by @jmcconville1000, “Why the iPad is bad for education“, I felt compelled to respond from my personal experience of rolling out a cart of 30 iPads in a shared high school environment. 

Fundamentally I believe that an iPad can neither be good or bad. All it can ever be is an iPad. I argue instead, that when used effectively and with specific goals in mind, iPads can have a positive impact on education.  Seeing that schools are investing money on these devices, the perspective to adopt is not a combative one, but rather one that explores how to effectively integrate the devices. Whether a school is 1:1, or there is a shared iPad cart, the devices can be used effectively. ‘ The entire post can be found here on The History 2.0 Classroom. 

As we here at Manor Lakes discuss, believe and preach, the technology is merely a tool to foster learning. It is not the be all and end all of students meeting their outcomes. It is the way the devices are being used and they way pedagogy has adapted and changed to cater for students using devices that can be extremely helpful. It’s always great to read these posts and to reaffirm that we as a college are on a shared path with many others from around the globe, all of which have a common understanding of how technology is to be used and shared.

Thanks!

2012 Student iPad Survey Data

Towards the the end of 2010 when we as a college had been involved in the DEECD iPads for Learning Trial, i thought it may be a good idea to survey the students on their thoughts about using iPads in class. The results that we gained from that survey gave us a great indication of how the students were feeling towards using a piece of mobile technology to assist their learning.

5 weeks in to our new 1:1 iPad program, we decided to gain a greater understanding of what our students were feeling this time around, as some of them were in involved in the DEECD trial.

The questions asked of the students were pretty basic and generic and as already mentioned, the student’s had only been involved in this 1:1 iPad program for 5 weeks when this survey was asked of them.

The results as you can see are pretty positive on the whole, indicating to us as a college that the decision we made to not only go 1:1 iPads over MacBooks, but to also go down a BYOD model, was the right choice for our setting, students, and community.

So. Below i have embedded the survey results via a Keynote that i created and then uploaded to Slide Share. Hopefully you find some of this data useful in your own settings!

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.

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