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What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection

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. During the 2011-2012 school year, we, the IT department and the teachers charted a course that led us to many exciting discoveries as well as many learning experiences. 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. Learning As We Go Embrace Patience

5 Must-Know Tips For Deploying iPads In Your Classroom If you’re looking to deploy iPads in education, you may think that it’s just a matter of expense and storage. Those things are big, but they’re not the biggest problems you’ll face. In fact, this is one of those situations where money is the least of your troubles. I was chatting with an Edudemic reader this week who wanted to know a few tips and tricks about deploying iPads in his classroom this coming school year. How many devices can use one Apple ID? This is a question that pops up all the time. But long story short, it varies. Basically, you should plan on using free apps for the most part as these are easy to install on any device you have, no matter how many Apple IDs you have / need. How do I store all these various devices? There’s more to storing all these devices than just locking them away in a cabinet you already have. In order to properly store, you’ll also want to have the iPads, Macbooks, iPod Touches, Android devices, etc. all charging at the same time.

100 Scientists On Twitter By Category While scientists may have a reputation for being anti-social, when it comes to using social media you’ll find the best and brightest in diverse scientific fields taking full advantage of the chance to connect with laymen and other scientists alike. Twitter is full of opportunities to hear what these scientists have to say, follow their work, and even start a conversation. Here, we’ve collected 100 amazing scientists that use Twitter (listed by category, not ranking) that provide perfect reading material for anyone hoping to learn more about a field or just keep up with the latest in research and writing on some seriously interesting topics. Extraplanetary Sciences From astronomy to rocket science, these scientists are dedicating their careers to exploring what lies beyond our own planet. @SethShostak: Astronomer Seth Shostak offers up insights into the cosmos through great links to space news in this feed. Biology Chemistry Earth Sciences Environmental Science Physics Health and Medicine

10 Curricula-Spanning, Learning-Boosting, Creativity-Inspiring, Must-Have Apps : The Moss-Free Stone April 27, 2012 by Randy Rodgers · No Comments · Bookmarking, collaboration, creativity, Digital Storytelling, Educational technology, images/video, iPad/iPod, mobile computing, podcasting, Teaching and Learning Because there are just not enough app lists, I decided I needed to throw in one more. There are tons of lists that tout subject-specific apps for students at all levels. The following apps have broad applications in virtually any subject area, and they promote important higher level skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, researching, planning, and communicating in engaging and powerful ways. The biggest advantage each offers over similar tools on traditional desktops or laptops is their fantastic usability and short learning curves. Catch Notes (FREE) – Fantastic tool for taking and organizing (via tags) text, audio, or visual notes, independently or collaboratively. That’s my list.

The Top 5 iPad Apps Being Used In Classrooms Right Now So you’re about to roll out a fleet of iPads in your classroom. Or perhaps you’ve finally gotten at least one. Either way, you’re going to want to install some apps at some point. While we don’t recommend pre-installing any paid apps (read more about that in the upcoming August issue of the Edudemic Magazine), we do think it’s worth knowing about the most popular iPad apps being used in actual classrooms around the world. We worked with INTO to figure out which apps they’re seeing in classrooms around the world right now. TED (Free) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? Penultimate ($.99) What is it? What’s good about it? iStudiez Pro ($.99) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? iTunes U (Free) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? iA Writer ($.99) What is it? What’s good about it? INTO University Partnerships provide preparation courses for international students who want to study a degree in the UK, US or China.

Schools BoomWriter lets you easily incorporate and experience the benefits of technology as your students are engaged in the following (or similar) standards-based learning activities: Grade 3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Using BoomWriter’s feature allowing teachers to create their own story start, students collaboratively create imagined multi-paragraph personal narratives using a teacher generated prompt (e.g. Grade 5 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 - Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. Grade 6 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Grade 7 Students demonstrate narrative skills while conducting unit of study summary of Ancient Rome.

18 Ways iPads Are Being Used In Classrooms Right Now iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. However, many teachers are unsure of how to use them effectively. Coupled with concerns over the costs involved, iPad implementation in schools is seen as an unnecessary and expensive risk. As the case studies below demonstrate, iPads are being used in education environments around the world with great success. Teachers can have paperless classrooms, take attendance, share interactive presentations and test their students—all on their iPad. So just what are they doing? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Similarly, First Words Animals aids with letter and word identification. 18.

Gifting an App How to gift an app from your master iPad account. As a individual consumer with an iTunes account you would normally buy one app and load it onto all of your iOS devices. As a school you need to ensure that you buy one app per device to ensure that you do not break the iTunes licensing agreement. The situation is even more complicated if you are using the device with multiple users, but that's another story. There are three or four viable ways you can do this, each of them have their advantages and pitfalls. The main ways of distributing apps include; Volume LicensingiTunes CardsStudent ManagedGifting Apps Gifting apps is one method I had not thought to use in an educational setting. Having said that many teacher don't want the hassle of managing the devices. A simple how-to for gifting apps. Your master account is simply the account you nominate as the MAIN account for the school. You must pay for the app/s with a credit card. The email received by the recipient will look like this.

pechaflickr Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: Lexie Flickinger By Matt Levinson As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks to find information about best practices and smooth, streamlined service. Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:

Civil War Newscasts: Part III So I finally have some time to finish this three part post on a major collaborative project that my classes did over the Civil War at then end of the school year. If you haven't had a chance please check out my first two posts here and here. Immediately after filming was completed, students began the arduous task of editing their work. I knew this would be time consuming so the students had three days in class as well as the weekend to finish editing their newscasts. The students had an option on what type of editing software they could use. The first choice was an online editing service called Jaycut. Another editing choice was Windows Movie Maker. Options three and four were two bits of editing software using the Mac: Final Cut (more expensive) and iMovie. The final part of the project was to have the students present their newscast. All in all, this was a great cumulative project to end the year.