5 Tips to Prepare Teachers for 1:1 iPad Projects | Terice T. Schneider's Digital Home After talking to many of my colleagues over the last few days, I realize there are many schools looking at some version of iPad deployment and they want to do it right. In order for the iPad to be a great learning tool, you’ll need your teachers fully committed to it. It requires time and effort to prepare teachers for such a deployment, so make sure you have staff in place to do it. Without blathering on, here are Terice’s 5 Tips to Preparing Teachers for 1:1 iPad Projects. Give them iPads–Put them in the teacher’s hands early and let them use them for work and play. If they do not understand how they work or why someone would use it, they won’t be able to guide students effectively. Now for my disclaimer: We planned to do each of these things and even more.
Ways to Read with iPad After bungled iPad rollout, lessons from LA put tablet technology in a time out Los Angeles – “D” is the letter of the day in Maria Martinez’s kindergarten class at Maywood Elementary. On a recent weekday, Martinez drew a capital and lower-case d on the white board. “Beautiful!” the children shouted. “Nice!” They used their fingers to form the letter D on the wide writing lines that appeared on their iPad screens. “I can’t imagine teaching without iPads,” said Martinez, whose classroom provides a window into how technology is being used successfully to help children learn – even as the Los Angeles Unified School District attempts to salvage its botched attempt to distribute the pricey, high-tech devices. LA Schools Superintendent John Deasy has called the intended $1 billion program to provide an iPad to every student in the district a civil rights imperative with potential to equalize access to technology. Under pressure, Deasy called for a delay of the rollout, which means all schools aren’t likely to get the devices until 2015 – a year later than planned.
10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program Portions excerpted from new book, "iPad in Education for Dummies" by Sam Gliksman iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. However, that rush to purchase the latest technologies often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s crucial to their success as educational tools. Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. It needs to be woven into a holistic approach to education that encompasses thorough planning and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required by the rapidly changing society that characterizes life in the 21st century. Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. 1. Do you have adequate incoming Internet bandwidth to connect all the devices and use them at the same time? 2. Can you explain why you have decided to purchase iPads? 3.
iPad Wallpaper Template for Photoshop The iPad has arrived, so let the design fun commence! Featured here is an iPad wallpaper template in Photoshop (PSD) format (download), allowing you to easily create & test your new background creations with minimal layer nightmares. The PSD is setup to let you view a single wallpaper layer (or layer group) in several common scenarios: As you can see, you'll need to take into account how the app icons, bottom dock, and lock screen UI will interplay with your wallpaper – while also throwing the orientation variable into the mix (horizontal or vertical). Before we dive in, here is a crash course on how iPad wallpapers work. The coolest thing about this PSD template is that you can view a single wallpaper layer in four different iPad viewing scenarios – all with absolute minimum in layer visibility headaches. First, open the attached Photoshop template and paste/insert your 1024x1024 wallpaper image into the "Wallpapers" layer folder. Voila!
Great Math Links Why Use Technology in the Classroom? Technology, when used appropriately, can help make science classroom a site of active learning and critical thinking, furthering student inquiry and connections with the materials. Teachers can use technology to enable students to explore fundamental curriculum issues and answer core questions. Students can use the Internet, electronic databases, applets and other online sources to gather information. There are scores of educators and researchers deeply concerned with how our schools, largely the product of 19th century industrial society, are going to prepare students for the 21st century. General Math Resources Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) Toolkit Malcolm Swan, part of the MARS team, is one of the premier task-designers in the math education community. Inside Mathematics Inside mathematics is frequently cited as the best, most thought-provoking task-based website used for algebra classrooms. Mathalicious. Math Blogs
WATCH VIDEO: How to Deploy a 1:1 iPad Program in Education So your school is about to launch an iPad program, and you’re not sure where to start? The Apple Management Experts at JAMF Software can help ensure your iPad program is a success. By knowing the right steps and using the right tools, you can easily deploy iPad devices in your school. In our webinar, How to Deploy a 1:1 iPad Program in Education, we highlight the necessary steps for getting a 1:1 iPad program up and running using the Casper Suite and Apple’s user-friendly deployment programs. You’ll learn: How to prepare for a 1:1 iPad program How to deploy iPad devices How to distribute content to iPad devices How to configure and manage iPad devices Have questions about our webinar or the Casper Suite?
Data and Analysis of a High School 1:1 iPad Program. « The Westlake Initiative for Innovation (WIFI) project launched in August of 2011 in the Eanes Independent School District. The objectives – create a culture of digital and global learning, increase the relevance of education in real-world scenarios, and allow for a more individualized, flexible and differentiated learning via 1:1 iPads for every Junior and Senior level student. When the WIFI project began, those may have been the focal points of introducing a new tool into an already successful high school environment, but as our data and focus-group studies have shown us, there were a lot of other unintended outcomes as a result of this pilot. In October of 2011, students and teachers were surveyed about the use of iPads in their classes. Since only those 38 teachers that were actually in the WIFI program were required to have some sort of integrated instruction with the iPad, some students were in classes that weren’t required to integrate these. Survey Questions and Data – Like this:
iPad | BPS Educational Technology Team For years, MS PowerPoint has been the dominant presentation tool for students and teachers. PowerPoint’s flaw is that it overwhelms users with unnecessary features (flying text is so necessary to make a point). Plus, it’s not a very mobile application and requires you to have a MS Office license. Carrie Fortunato, Burlington Public Schools K-5 Math Coach, recently organized math and technology nights held at each of Burlington’s elementary schools. Livebinders is a tremendous FREE resource that can help you to find relevant resources and also organize your own. Thank you to Burlington Library Assistant Rose Magliozzi for this post about iPad apps and Dr. Thank you to Melissa Angelo and Deborah Clark for this post about their experiences with iPads in the speech-language program in Burlington. This year many students and teachers are using the iPad app, notarize. The BPS EdTech Team is announcing their new blog dedicated to iPad apps. 1.
Print Friendly & PDF What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen. During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year. Around this time last summer, BHS had roughly one thousand iPads ready to roll out to all students. The anticipation was great, the waters uncharted. NOTE: When I say "we" from here on out, I am referring to Dennis Villano, Director of Instructional Technology for Burlington Public Schools; Patrick Larkin, Principal of Burlington High School: Bob Cunha, IT for BPS; Jose DeSousa, IT for BPS; John Allegreto, IT for BPS; and Tim Calvin and myself, Instructional Technologists at BHS. The Launch When you unfold such a large-scale initiative as giving every student an iPad, you tend to overthink everything. The first rule of launching one thousand iPads: have lots of conversations. One of the best decisions our team made last summer was to pre-install Casper profiles on all of our iPads. Learning As We Go
The iPad and Parental Engagement in Education Parents have a very different perspective. Whilst educators wax lyrical about the potential of the iPad for learning, there are concerns from parents about its impact on their child. Or so we thought. All parents of iPad trial students were asked to complete a questionnaire, attend a focus group meeting and email any further thoughts to inform the decision making progress for future iPad use. A great deal of time was taken by these parents as they were keen to convey their thoughts to inform the research process and we are very grateful for all their efforts. Below are direct responses to questions from the focus group where parents were encouraged to discuss with each other the various advantages and disadvantages of the iPad for learning. Have you noticed any change in the way your child approaches learning?. As suspected the increased motivation and collaboration we have witnessed from students has also been observed at home. Like this: Like Loading...
How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning The micro-computer revolution of the 80's radically improved how teachers and schools carry on the business of learning. We now have iPads in classrooms that will not only improve it, but it has the potential to change the business of learning in schools. The question is, "Are teachers ready to adjust their teaching for this new learning revolution?" I have just become principal of a school that will be participating in this revolution this year. The ninth- and tenth-graders will be all receiving iPads. In the Classroom Let's imagine a math class full of geometry students with iPads. The teacher might be tempted to direct the students to use a geometry sketch program, a geometry vocabulary program, a self-paced geometry lesson, or an online lecture, but while those are good things you might do with a computer, they restrict and funnel student thinking, rather than expand it. Another Example A science teacher can provide similar learning opportunities. Getting Teachers Onboard
iPad As.... iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with.....