Management and pedagogy of iPads in schools If you are planning on buying multiple iPads for your school you need to do a bit of planning around the management, administration and pedagogical integration of the iPad in your classroom. There are also important issues around licencing of apps. The following articles provide some background information and practical strategies for schools: Australian Macworld discusses the main issues for schools in iPad goes to School...... For starters, how does a school deal with the issue of students putting apps onto iPads? Application licensing is also a concern. Where students are allocated an iPad for their own use, life gets a little easier. iOS apps can be added to the school booklist and students can be given iTunes Store vouchers in order to buy apps themselves and set the device up to suit themselves. .......... Ringwood Secondary College in Victoria is implementing a 1-1 iPad rollout to its Year 7 students. Preparing your school for iPad implementation.
iPads in schools! They just play games! | IPAD 4 SCHOOLS 20th Century pedagogy + iPads = Gaming So, you’re in your classroom and annoyed that the kids are playing games on the iPads. You have devised a strategy and at random intervals, you ask them to double-click the ‘Home’ button to see the last apps used. Great! Well done on controlling the situation so they can get on with: writing their notes;Reading their e-textbook;completing their essay or‘Researching’ on the Internet. The only step forward you’ve really seen is the ability to use that Shakespeare app or Dissecting Frog app. The parents too, have complained that all they seem to see is game playing and maybe your school is considering limiting the apps allowed on the devices. Well done on introducing iPads. Now you have introduced a radically new and powerful learning device, you need to update your pedagogy to match it. Why are these issues the most important? Like the iPad, learning is personal This is not what the iPad was designed for. Like this: Like Loading... Related In "21C Learning"
50 resources for iPad use in the classroom The transition to the more extensive use of technology in classrooms across the West has resulted in the integration of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes, equipping students with netbooks and tablet computers, and lessons that use social media & online services. Gesture-based technology is on the rise; according to the latest NMC Horizon Report, gesture-based technological models will become more readily integrated as a method of learning within the next few years. The iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect technology are examples of these kinds of developments, and in particular, resources for Apple products in education are becoming widely available online. For teachers, some of which are just beginning to use tablets and mobile devices in class, these resources can be invaluable in promoting more interactive classrooms and understanding how best to use and control such products. Tutorials: 1.) iPads for learning: Getting started 2.) 3.) 50 iPad2 tips and tricks 6.)
Apps for Professional Development Twitter App (free) Twitter is one of the most active and beneficial social networks on the web. All educators would be wise to join the conversation. If you haven’t used Twitter yet, I would recommend that you read these excellent blog posts: Google Voice (free) Text and call for free! Skype (free) A beautiful app that allows you to make and receive VOIP calls on your iOS device. HeyTell (free) A fun “walkie-talkie” app for quick voice communication. Consumption Apps FlipBoard (free) A beautiful app that turns your RSS reader (such as Google Reader) into a magazine. Zite (free) Similar to FlipBoard, however instead of just providing a beautiful interface to view content you select, Zite tries to introduce you to new content sources based off of sources you currently read. QR Code Readers Quick-Response codes are the strange black and white boxes that have begun appearing everywhere. Diigo (free) Research Apps: Genius Scan (free)
Blooms Taxonomy Poster for Teachers and Students. Bloom's Taxonomy has helped teachers plan lessons and design instruction for decades now. While other theories and systems have come and gone, Bloom's taxonomy appears to have become the most commonly used standard in many educational settings. In the 1990's, Lorin Anderson and a group of psychologists updated the taxonomy in the hope that it would have more relevance for 21st century students and teachers, transforming the nouns to verbs and making some other seemingly small but significant changes. The Blooming Butterfly poster was designed by the Learning Today product development team as a tribute to Bloom and Anderson and to the educators all over the world that continue to implement their vision. We hope that it will serve as a visual reminder for teachers as they continue to guide students to become better thinkers, just as Bloom imagined many years ago! The Poster Can be Downloaded here.
1:1 iPad use in Full Day Kindergarten Background This is the first year of 1:1 iPads in my kindergarten classroom. In October 2010 I received one to use with my class of 26, and by the end of May 2011 I had 11 and my class had dropped down to 22 children. I begged and pleaded until I was assured I would most likely have a class set of iPads for the 2011-2012 school year. Getting started On the fourth day of school I introduced iPads to my class of 20 kindergartners. At the end of the day several kids started to put their iPad into backpacks- I had to explain that they were for class only- my, how their faces fell. Over the next weeks I took time to introduce the apps on the dock- those that I feel are as good as or better than traditional classroom materials and address learning goals more effectively or equally as well. Sometimes I noticed children playing an app that utilized a skill I usually teach later in the year, such as telling time to the hour, or addition and subtraction. A typical day in my room with the iPads
iPad Usage Survey Results PrometheanPlanet This article was originally written in Spanish by Andrés Carlos López Herrero and is translated by Leysi Ortiz. An app (short for "application") is a computer program designed to allow the user to perform specific tasks. In general, the term applies to program apps for new mobile devices, tablets and smartphones. The above diagram shows the location and relationship of the front end user, applications and other existing software. Students can reinforce their learning with the many free or low cost educational applications available each day in greater numbers in the market. One of the main features of next generation mobile and multi-touch tablets is that their use and handling is extremely simple and attractive to the younger audience. Apps are designed according to the operating system of the device, so it is best to start your search in the official app store accessible from your device, for example the App Store (for Apple products) or Google Play (for Android devices). Enjoyed this?
Top 10 Twitter Tips! Without a doubt, Twitter is my number one form of professional development and I am always recommending it to other educators. I first joined Twitter in early 2009 although I didn’t start using it daily until early 2010. I find Twitter to be a one stop shop to meet like-minded educators. For me, Twitter has never been a place where I tell people what I am eating for breakfast or catch up on celebrity goss. If you’re new to Twitter, this is a terrific video that explains how Twitter can be used as a professional development tool for teachers (I came across this via Michael Graffin @mgraffin – thanks!). As a regular Twitter user I thought I would offer some advice to new Tweeters. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Rethinking Professional Development to reach ALL Teachers There are millions of teachers in the world. Professional development (PD) as we’ve known it HAS to be a technology enabled experience. Here’s why… There are some wonderful professional development experiences that teachers can tap into during the summer. Face to face PD experiences Online (asynch and synch) PD experiences The creation of a strong professional Community of Practice among science teachers, both on-site and online. I’ve described each below. - Jim Face-to-face PD While the efficiency and speed of online communication can be stunning, there are valuable interactions that are more efficient (and perhaps only possible) when you meet face to face. Of course any face to face professional development experience needs to be thoughtfully crafted so it is time well spent. Online PD There are a growing number of learning opportunities for teachers that are online, and the modality of each provides a different type of experience. Communities of Practice Personal Learning Networks
Pedagogy and the iPad « Northern Arizona University's e-Learning Center by John J. Doherty and Kevin Ketchner Perhaps the hardest part of owning an iPad is trying to avoid the addictive world of Angry Birds, the favorite game app of the new British Prime Minister. For just $5 you, too, can attack pigs with hard-headed flying birds. That kind of distraction is exactly what many faculty worry about when we ponder the place of tools such as the iPad in the classroom. The iPad is a good case in point. Consumption The iPad is very obviously a tool for consuming information and media. For example, in a course on Reinventing King Arthur, John used the Kindle app on his iPad to give his students access to some of the course readings. Kevin has been using the iPad for an Honors course on the cultural impact of comic books. The following panel is a screen capture of the Iron Man (2004) #1 book, available in the Marvel app. Students in the course can download the movies Iron Man (2008) and V for Vendetta (2006) via the iTunes Store or other media sources. Accessibility
Le iPad ou la correction 2.0 pour professeurs branchés | Université d'Ottawa Peut-on transformer un cours universitaire en lieu « sans papier », c'est-à-dire où plus personne n'utilise de papier? Deux professeurs de l'Université d'Ottawa ont déjà fait un pas dans cette direction. Robert McLeman, professeur au Département de géographie, désirait trouver une solution pour simplifier la correction des travaux de ses étudiants, mais surtout pour réduire la quantité de papier utilisée en classe. « Je me suis dit qu'il devait sûrement y avoir un moyen technologique qui permettrait de diminuer notre utilisation du papier tout en maintenant une qualité élevée dans nos corrections », explique le professeur McLeman, qui est aussi coordonnateur du programme d'études environnementales. Le professeur McLeman a donc demandé conseil à Richard Pinet, directeur du Centre du cyber-apprentissage à l'Université d'Ottawa. C'est le professeur de géographie Eric Crighton qui a tenté l'expérience pour une première fois à l'automne 2010.