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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!

2012/13 Online Purchasing Portal

iPad Mini

To all parents and families.

After having spoken with our IT Partners and Mac Resellers Xcite Logic, we have decided to leave the portal open for…. well… good! This will give you all the opportunity to perhaps purchase new equipement as you may require it along the line.

If have not purchased via the portal but are aiming to do so, it is a case at the moment of sooner the better to ensure that what you order comes in before Christmas. In saying this we as a college or on behalf of Xcite Logic cannot guarantee from here on in that items orded now, will in fact arrive before the end of term, this being December 21st.

The good news is that all parents that have ordered via the portal, and ordered an iPad 3, will be immediately upgraded to an iPad4! Also, the iPad Mini will be available on the portal very shortly, however Apple are still finalising shipments for these devices as well as determining what the education pricing will be. Once added to the portal, once again, if you’re wishing to purchase an iPad Mini, guarantees of delivery before Christmas cannot be made.

If you have questions about the above, please contact me via the College. Thanks. Corrie. 😉

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.

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!

 

And they’re going home… Finally!


After 6 months of seeing our Prep cohort absolutely thrive within the 1:1 iPad program we have running, we;ve decided that it is time for the devices to head to and from school to support the learning occurring at school, at home!

Last Tuesday we held our Prep Information Evening to inform parents that the iPads that their kids have been using will be going home! This was a decision made my the Prep team and myself so as to have parents supporting student learning at home as well as what was being taught at school reinforced. Our Prep Team Leader Sam, and his star studded line up of fellow prep teachers in Elise, Mel, Debbie, Tristane and Rebecca, led this information session and from all reports it was a great success with parents proving to be extremely supportive of our plans.

Below is a short blurb from Sam about the evening as well as the two main documents that were discussed/shown on the night. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Thanks, and now over to Sam.

 

“To commence the sending home of iPads as part of our 1:1 program, teachers in the Prep cohort held an information session for parents. Not only did we want to cover our expectations for usage and care, we also wanted to workshop with parents ways in which the iPads could be used at home to be an integral part of their student’s learning.

One thing we pride ourself on as a team is developing our own resources to use on the iPads, namely in the form of video tutorials and texts. We wanted it to be crystal clear to parents that the ‘answer’ to education is not to ‘chuck’ an iPad into a child’s hand and they come out the other end a genius, but simply that we believe the flow of the iPad going between school and home will more closely link the learning happening at school and that the result would be improved student learning.

The feedback from the sessions was really positive. We were excited parents embraced all aspects of the program, including some we predicted may be more taboo than others, for example using dropbox to share content including student work and photos. Thankfully, they saw the benefit a tool like this can have and were willing to work with us in the development of tools such as this in a school environment.

We are excited about the possibilities mobile learning will bring to our curriculum. I look forward to reporting on these developments in the future.”

 

Prep iPad Trial MOU 2012

 

Thinking with iPads!

 

Lately I’ve noticed an influx of iPad education based blog reviews hitting the web all focussing on learning styles, thinking skills, and developing higher order thinking skills.

Below i have added several great links to assist teachers in using iPads based around developing higher order thinking schills such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s and other key learning strategies.

1. iPad App’s and Blooms Taxonomy

 

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

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

4. Appitic – Curated iPad App’s for Learning

5. iPad Recommended Educational App Lists

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

7. Applications for Challenge Based Learning – See Below…

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

Our UPDATED Prep iPad App List!

Hi all, it’s been a while!

I have attached below our updated Prep Application List for our iPads! The Prep staff have been using the iPads extremely well over the last two terms and the benefits that we’ve seen in relation to teaching and learning has been nothing short of outstanding! There will be a full report on this at the beginning of Semester 2.

So please feel free to download the latest App list for our Prep Cohort! You’ll find app’s that relate to a wide range of learning areas to support teaching and learning and cover a range of learning styles also.

We hope that you enjoy the newly added app’s and that you and your setting find them useful!

Thanks.

1-1 iPad App List Prep 2012

 

Stop Motion… with PREPS!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of presenting with a wonderful colleague of mine, Sam, at the ICTEV Creating Connections Conference 2012. Sam, who is our college’s Prep Team Leader, is known throughout the college for both his high level of teaching ability but also his ability to integrate ICT in to his teaching and learning programs.

The topic of our presentation at ICTEV was titled, ‘Movie making on the iPad, so easy a 5 year old could do it’. Our session involved running participants through how to create simple yet effective movies on the iPad device with just a few simple applications, the main two of these being Doodle Buddy, which is a great free app for image creation, and StoryRobe. This app is an iPhone app however still works great on the iPad device. StoryRobe lets students take photos and create sketches that allow them to sequence, narrate and render films. Photo’s can also be imported from the camera roll and this is where Doddle Buddy is great for that.

The other major component of our session was showcasing and demonstrating the great work our prep’s have been doing in relation to creationg StopMotion Animation pieces! I have asked Sam to write a guest post which is below! I have also added several short videos that the prep’s have completed in class!

Thanks!

 

I’ll never again be surprised by the abilities of five year olds. I probably shouldn’t be already considering some of the amazing things they’ve already done on iPads and their ability to learn so quickly in general, but when I decided to introduce Stop Motion animation this term, I’ve been staggered at how quickly the Preps have picked it up.

I’ve previously used stop motion with year 7 students. It’s a great hands on tool to engage boys and can be easily incorporated into numeracy, literacy and inquiry learning with a small amount of creativity. Generally speaking the kids loved it and self-taught themselves how to do it. All I needed to do was guide them with storyboarding and the odd quality control conversation.

Introducing it to five year olds is a different story. I want them to play with the technique to explore what it can and can’t do and what it looks like when it is done well and when it isn’t done well.

At Manor Lakes we spend the first two sessions on Monday through Thursday in our ‘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!  

 

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