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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

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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: St. Joseph High School: 1:1 iPad Program In the fall of 2014, St Joseph High School began its 1:1 Apple iPad initiative across all grades. After several years of research, school visits, and conferences, the iPad was selected as the most accessible, resourceful, and practical technology for the college preparatory classroom. Why iPads? The iPad: Supports a variety of teaching and learning stylesEncourages student centered learningEnhances our commitment to the 21st century skills initiativeFosters inquiry based learningDevelops critical thinking skillsEmphasizes global awarenessAccesses real world, real time knowledge The iPad creates an information-rich learning environment wherein individual achievement and collaborative projects become the standard.

Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' You’re going to want to turn on your printer and fire up a PDF viewer. This is just that good. It’s called the Padagogy Wheel and it offers a fantastically useful perspecitve on how to figure out which iPad apps work with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Created by Allan Carrington, this thing is a monster and deserves some focused attention. So I’d make a personal plea to save the hi-res image (below) or print out the PDF (available here) and then spend your long weekend closely examining this thing.

Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative Part of the benefit of jumping forward with a 1:1 iPad deployment like we have tried is that we get the opportunity to impart knowledge to other districts looking to do a similar initiative. While that might not seem like a benefit, it actually also means we can make some mistakes because there is not a long history of this type of deployment in the world. Many districts have had 1:1 Laptop projects, which we have benefited from and could easily be applied to this list I’m about to share. However, for the sake of our specific district, and the questions I get from other districts on a daily basis, I’m going to break down the ten things you should NOT do when implementing a 1:1 iPad program.

Apple Overhauling iPad in Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one. Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad. Schools will no longer be required to create generic Apple IDs solely to load content on the tablet, and teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making personal purchases without approval. "To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier.

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start.

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!” Professional Development is the Key to 1:1 Success Bellmawr School District in Camden County, New Jersey has long recognized that teacher training is critical for the district to meet its educational objectives. To that end, the district schedule includes dedicated and protected time for ongoing professional development, with peer-led professional learning communities, common planning times, and regular team meetings for teachers at all grade levels. As such, it’s no surprise that when Bellmawr administrators decided to implement a 1:1 initiative at the district’s middle school, providing training to help teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms was deemed as important as selecting the right computing devices.

10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try If you use Google Chrome as your go-to web browser, you may have seen a little icon for the ‘Store’ (like what you see on the right) when you attempt to open a new tab. Never clicked that? Only clicked that once or twice but never took the plunge into the wild world of the Chrome Web Store? In an effort to help you truly surface the best Google Chrome extensions for teachers of all stripes, I thought it might be useful to showcase some of my favorites.

iPad schools Dutch Steve Jobs managed to revolutionise a number of industries during his time as Apple CEO, including computers, mobile phones, tablets, and personal media players. But he had another on his list that, unfortunately, he didn’t quite get around to dealing with. And no, we’re not talking about the widely rumoured Apple TV, either. We’re talking about schools. Steve told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he didn’t like the way in which U.S. schools were still run, and he felt that his company’s hugely popular iPad was the way forward. He recalled a meeting with President Barrack Obama during which he picked apart the American education system: