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The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads

The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads
"Put your wands away!" Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter stories would tell the students at the beginning of each class. After a few classes when Professor Umbridge would make the announcement, "Put your wands away," the students did not have to do anything because they never even bothered to take the wands out. Interestingly enough, I witnessed a similar experience in my own wizarding school, um, I mean just school. Our freshman and sophomore students all had iPads (wands) and some of the teachers would have them looking up information, collaborating on an app, or watching chemistry movies. Teacher Tech Blues When I asked them why they did not use the iPads in the classes they taught, these are some of the reasons they mentioned: I don't have time to both prepare a good lesson and then figure out how to fit the technology into it. As I reflected on this information, I pondered the ramifications: Mistakes Made Here are my suggestions for avoiding such mistakes: 1. 2. 3. In the Future Related:  iPad IdeasiPad Implementation

The Biggest Concern For Schools Deploying iPads When my mother-in-law recently got an iPad for her elementary school classroom , her initial response to us was ‘Really? How fast are they going to break that thing?!” While not all kids are going to break your classroom technology, they’re perhaps less likely than an adult to be careful with it. In the past we’ve looked at a few different options for protecting your classroom tablets , but we haven’t ever really looked at how often they’re actually damaged, and what damage is occurring. 22% of iPads are damaged within the first year Most (48%) are damaged in transit from school/home and back. 40% are damaged at home.

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class Digital Tools Flickr: Brad Flickinger By Matt Levinson As the explosive growth of tablets finds its way to schools, teachers and administrators need to continue the work of figuring out how to best incorporate tablets into the learning experience of students. Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. To get kids to shift into tablet as learning tool, teachers are finding that instilling fair, reasonable and consistent classroom habits in tablet learning environments is key. Here are a few strategies to employ to facilitate positive tablet learning habits: Be clear with students at the outset of class whether tablets will be used that day. Schools can continue to keep learning and growing and recognizing that tablets are a new learning tool. Related Explore: iPad, tablet

Change for the Better – 1:1 iPad Program | Learning Journey There is no question that our 1:1 iPad Program is making a significant difference to the learning experiences occurring in our classrooms. Change is everywhere. It is change enabled by simplicity. iPads are brilliantly simple and are at the same time powerful. This has made technology accessible to both students and teachers. Teachers One of the biggest shifts in our school has been the shift by teachers. This has happened rapidly. Technical Support and Enablement .Provision of a Technology Coordinator: In our own experience having a teacher continuously available to assist, advise, arrange, support, respond has made the effective roll out possible. In the Classrooms – The StudentsManagement: it is really important to establish a code of conduct / behaviour around student use of iPads. Parents One of the great assets which schools sometimes underutilizes are parents. With many possibilities on the horizon e.g. Like this: Like Loading...

3 Ways to Encourage Higher Order Thinking with Technology As a teacher, I relish the days of summer because I am given the opportunity to learn, rethink, design, and fine tune my teaching with the hope of being able to inspire students and teachers in the coming school year. This summer I have fully embraced the SAMR model of tech integration, fine tuned my ability to align learning experiences to the CCSS and discovered some new flexible and digital tools along the way. Now it’s time for me to think about helping teachers embrace the changes that are necessary to encourage and develop students who are deep thinkers, creators and collaborators. A quote from Justin Reich on MindShift comes to mind Thoughts from MindShift via Kwout “One simple way of understanding our pedagogical theory of iPads is that we dn’t want them to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. Thinking with technology and messing around with the world for learning Develop a digital toolkit

50 Mobile Learning Statistics For K-12 Education [Infographic] Mobile learning is among the latest trends in education that have captured educators’ interest, and seem to hold considerable promise in terms of learning potential. What the reality of mobile learning looks like on a day-to-day basis in classrooms and homes isn’t entirely clear, which is where mobile learning statistics–actual data–can help clarify things. The following infographic from Grunwald Associates offers up 50+ such statistics gleaned from parent surveys about mobile devices in K-12 environments. It is unsurprising that only 8% of students in grades 3-5 carry a smartphone with them every day, while 28% of students in middle school do–a number that increases to 51% by high school. Given a BYOT program, for example, that number would likely increase significantly. 50 Mobile Learning Statistics For K-12 Education [Infographic] Related Posts 50 Resources To Get Started With Mobile LearningmLearning (Mobile Learning) is becoming increasingly possible to the evolution of technology.

8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology I just came across this graphic on Twitter and it straightforward picked my interest. I was contemplating the deep meaning it communicates and could not agree more. The message is clear: technology is a means and not an end. However, still water runs deep and if we dive a bit under the surface meaning we ll arrive at the core of the problem behind technology use in schools. Instead of integrating technology into education in a structured way that enhances learning and consolidates the insights students garner in class, technology is often being used for the sake of using it or at the most for carrying out traditional taks in a techy way. Using SAMR terms, teachers are still operating within the substitution level in that they are using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different. source:

The iPad Effect: A Top-10 List » Third Graders, Dreaming Big It’s only been a few months, but I’ve already noticed some drastic changes in our classroom when the iPads roll in…. I’ve labeled these Top-10 phenomena as being The iPad Effect, as they seem to occur every Tuesday and Thursday…. 1. Days when there are no iPads in the classroom, students seem to ask to leave to hydrate at the bubbler far more often than they do when the iPads ARE in the classroom. 2. We try to time our bathroom visits with regular breaks in our routine. 3. Seems that iPads are the latest cure for stomachaches, headaches, hang-nails, sore arms and legs and boo-boos. 4. I can say with confidence, during my eight years of teaching, I seldom have had students ask to do MORE work than what is required. 5. In a room full of students recording their voices, and playing them back, you would think that focusing would be more difficult. 6. Face it. 7. Students who are off-target in their behavior risk missing out on part of their iPad time. 8. 9. 10.

Managing those iPad videos VIDEO IS THE NEW PEN! (…and it’s mightier too!) The thought makes many people think the world has ended but for 21st Century kids, videoing their thoughts and creations and experiences and then publishing it to the world is as easy as picking up a pen. In fact, most are more likely to have a device ready to film, edit, add subtitles and music than a pen or pencil. I like to think we only ever used pens because we didn’t have a video camera in our pocket, sorry if that upsets anyone. For example, my kids do write poems but performing them as videos makes them really think about the effect their words have on an audience. MANAGING THE NEW PEN’S SCRIBBLINGS (How to manage all the video) The new issue that everyone in education is how to manage and share all this video content. This allows the teachers to manage all the videos from one place. Like this: Like Loading...

A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching iPad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students. With this huge presence inside our schools, several school districts have finally adopted it as a teaching and learning tool to be used inside the classroom. App developers, on their part, have also noticed this increasing potential of iPad in education and therefore started creating and developing apps targeting the educational audience. From apps for toddlers to advanced research apps, the app store now is teeming with all kinds of educational apps. In this context, several teachers are planning to incorporate iPad for the first time in their classroom instruction.

Teachers who just got iPads I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith (@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. Holly 9 Starter Tips for Teachers Who Just Got iPadsPNG (No links – 1mb) PDF (Links – 2mb) Like this: Like Loading... Related 2 Teachers have 9 thoughts as iPad turns 5 I am very excited to be collaborating with the great Steve Lai again (@sly111). In "21C Learning" Analyzing iPad Myths in Education Are you still trying to fight for iPads in your school? iPads in schools! 20th Century pedagogy + iPads = Gaming So, you're in your classroom and annoyed that the kids are playing games on the iPads.

1:1 implementation This week I will have the oppor­tu­nity to work with a school that has imple­mented a pilot 1:1 pro­gram while simul­ta­ne­ously focus­ing on imple­ment­ing inquiry based instruc­tion. Last year I had the oppor­tu­nity to work with a group of their teach­ers as they planned to make this change to their learn­ing envi­ron­ment. Accord­ing to early reports, things have gone suc­cess­fully thus far. Their imple­men­ta­tion was dif­fer­ent than the ways that many schools imple­ment 1:1, but it is a model oth­ers should con­sider.

Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review In this excellent 3 part article series, Principal David Mahaley shares lessons learned from the 1:1 iPad program that he has overseen in his role as Principle of The Franklin Academy. David has written several excellent articles for EmergingEdTech, and is the author of the eBook Teaching and Sharing with the iPad: Instructor Quick Guide. I am delighted to publish this series of posts in which he shares the perspective of the Administrator, the Teacher, and the Student, after nearly 3 years of experience with integrating the iPad into the Academy’s curricula. – KW The Franklin Academy, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, completed its third year implementing iPads into the instructional environment. The Administrator We find that the demands of the education system to teach 21st Century Skills challenging when student access to the tools of technology is limited. Lesson 1 – Its About Workflow & Connectivity, Not Apps Lesson 2 – Staff Development & Support Lesson 3 – Be A Model Print This Post