Deborah Young Assignment 7. Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 3) This is the third part in the series we’ve run this week from Franklin Academy Principal David Mahaley. In the first installment of this review of the use of the iPad in teaching & learning, we examined the administrator’s point of view, followed by a look at the teacher’s perspective. Today we examine what students have experienced as they’ve incorporated the iPad into the learning process.
The Student Over the course of the three-year implementation and use of the iPads in the classroom, we have collected data to examine just how the students are using the devices. Data is collected from both teachers and students to target the trends in use that we think are important to monitor as we work to continually improve the learning experience. Through our survey of students we have identified responses to support the following: Lesson 1 - Organization Students have reported many benefits to having the device in their hands both for use at school and home. Lesson 3 - Information Access. Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 3) Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 2) Today we continue the article series from Franklin Academy Principal David Mahaley that we began Sunday.
In the first installment of this three-part review of the iPad in teaching & learning, we examined the administrator’s point of view. Today we learn about what teachers have experienced and on Thursday we will conclude with insights shared by students. The Teacher Over my 20+ years in education, I have been a part of numerous technology initiatives. What seems to make the implementation of the iPad into the classroom successful in terms of the instructor is the personalization of the devices to very specific instructional needs.
Lesson 1 – Change of Habit There are fundamental differences that take hold when teaching in the classroom with the iPad. “Once I became used to using the iPads in the classroom I took a different approach to planning. Instructors have recognized the need for production of materials with an anytime-anyplace access approach. Lesson 2 – Success is in the Support. Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 2) Meet your child’s new teacher: the iPad. Not long ago, I was horrified to learn children were allowed to use mobile phones in the playground. Now they’re actually being encouraged to bring smartphones out in the classroom, not to mention Kindles, iPads, Wiis and hand-held games consoles such as Nintendo DSs.
Even exams are changing out of all recognition. Children will take internet-connected devices into exam halls, meaning no more need for memorisation. “The entire system will change,” writes Sugata Mitra, professor of education technology at Newcastle University. “Teachers are intelligent people; they will teach differently. They will insist that you don’t memorise, you can look it up on Google.
" Is this really a brave new world, or the gateway to indolence, addiction and diminishing social and cognitive skills? Moreover, while introducing technology into schools is expensive in the short term, in the long term educationalists warn it may be used as a cost-cutting device. Other countries have taken this message to heart. IPads in the classroom: The right way to use them, demonstrated by a Swiss school.
Photo by Frederick Florin/Getty Images Touch-screen tablets for young students have become all the rage. Some districts are even buying iPads for every kindergartner, a move sparking both celebration and consternation. Do we really want to give $500 devices to kids who can’t even tie their shoes? What are these schools doing with these devices, anyway? Last month, I had a rare opportunity to ask those questions at a school in Zurich, Switzerland. As part of a tour to talk about my book, Screen Time, I was treated to three days of visits to nearly a dozen classrooms at the Zurich International School, a private school that caters to English-speaking immigrants and expats whose companies have brought them to this exquisite city near the Alps. ZIS, as the school is called, has distributed 600 iPads—one to every student in first through eighth grades, plus a set for teachers in preschool and kindergarten to use with children in small groups. I was wrong. Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad.
Published Online: June 15, 2011 Published in Print: June 15, 2011, as Tablet Culture Gadgets & Games Jennifer Sloan, a 4th grade student at Summit View Elementary School in Independence, Ky. uses an iPad during a lesson. The northern Kentucky elementary school class received $30,000-worth of the tablet computing devices in late 2010 from the Duke Energy Corporation, for use in math and science assignments. —Amanda Davidson/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP With the release of Apple’s iPad 2, educators are still determining best practices for the classroom The Virginia Department of Education is phasing in the second wave of a pilot program that uses Apple’s iPad tablet computers as the centerpiece of a social studies curriculum that blends online and face-to-face learning.
The Chicago school system is expanding a pilot program that last fall awarded a classroom set of 32 of the devices to 23 schools in the 409,000-student district. The Virginia Experiment Rob Residori Chicago’s Striving Readers project. Socrative – A 21st Century Way to Assess. Let me set the stage: it’s professional development at our district administration building.
Our district has made a MAJOR leap; within the next three years, we want to have a full 1:1 iPad rollout to our students completed. This coincides with our overall “rethinking education” push and a move to NxGL (“Next Generation Learning”) classrooms. One-third of the roll-out had been completed (Districts, like elephants take their time and aren’t usually in a hurry). At the time it was “Arab spring” in areas of the Middle East, and there was a similar feeling in room 704 – the professionals were restless. Continuing on, have you ever been to a meeting where you asked yourself, “Wait a minute! Maybe I should be leading this!”? As the meeting progressed, it became apparent that all the note taking apps in the world weren’t going to help anyone RIGHT NOW. How Socrative Works Here is how Socrative works and why you should use it: Students go to the app store and download the free student clicker.
Socrative. Socrative – A 21st Century Way to Assess. Alge-Bingo / Algebra / Middle School. Why we love this app This app provides students the repetitive practice needed for solving equations. Within a very short period of time, students have the opportunity to solve numerous equations and practice the skill. There are several skills assessed, providing students ample exposure to solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with both positive and negative numbers.
What it teaches and how it works Students open the app and select a teacher. Next, they are allowed to choose a type of Bingo game where they might be working to get a straight line, four corners, blackout, etc. After selecting a game, they select a level. Why your kid won't be able to put it down Alge-Bingo is a fun way to practice the skills of solving equations. Alge-Bingo.
Alge-Bingo. Social Collaboration Platform For Classrooms Edmodo Opens To Third-Party Developers With New API. Edmodo, an online social learning and communications network for teachers and students in K-12 schools, is opening up its API to third–party web developers to enable the creation of educational applications built on top of the platform.
Edmodo, which just raised $15 million from Greylock Partners and Benchmark Capital, is a free service that allows teachers to create and maintain their own safe and secure, collaborative classroom communities across mobile and web platforms. It’s sort of similar to a Facebook for the classroom. But Edmodo is completely private and secure, and allows teachers to also manage class content, collaborate and more within the platform. Teachers can share educational content, manage projects and assignments, handle notifications, conduct quizzes and events, and facilitate other engaging learning experiences with students. Schools and districts can claim unique Edmodo web addresses for added communication and customization.
Edmodo. Social Collaboration Platform for Classrooms Edmodo Opens To Third-Party Developers with New API. Deborah Young Assignment 4. Essay Grader. App 1 - Essay Grader. Power Presenter. APP 3 - Power Presenter. Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine. APP 2 - Flipboard. Lynn University to require all new students to buy iPads. When the Commission on Presidential Debates selected Lynn University as the site for the third presidential debate, it probably didn’t realize that hosting the debate would force Lynn to upgrade its wireless infrastructure to accommodate the thousands of reporters who would swarm the campus – and that those upgrades would be significantly discounted because of the debate. This turned out to be just the push the university needed to launch a program it had been discussing for a while: moving its new core curriculum to the iPad. “We thought we were a few years out, but realized after the debate that we could throw that switch.
We’re set up now for a mobile environment in a way we never were before,” said Lynn President Kevin Ross. University administrators had been eyeing a move toward the iPad for some time. Since revamping its core curriculum, an 18-month process that started in 2006, Lynn has been looking for ways to integrate technology. iPad U. Piloting the iPad. A growing number of colleges and universities have launched pilot projects to test how the iPad might be used to produce a positive impact on student learning and engagement.
In May 2010, we published an article in which Tim Chester, CIO at Pepperdine University, offered 3 critical questions for academic leaders and chief information officers to answer before adopting the iPad on any large scale. This week, we returned to Pepperdine University to find out what lessons could be gleaned from Pepperdine's own iPad pilot project. We interviewed Dana Hoover, assistant CIO for communications and planning for IT, and Hong Kha, project manager for pedagogy development and special projects. Here's what we learned. Initial Findings One of the things Pepperdine University hoped to learn this term was how quickly students would adopt the iPad.
Moving beyond the hype, would students actually adopt and use the device? What Support Faculty Need Dana Hoover, Pepperdine U Here's an example: Takeaways. Piloting the iPad. Evaluating the iPad in Higher Education. Last week’s Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Annual Conference on Online Learning presented a number of interesting trends in the session topics, including the use of iPads in college courses. The projects presented covered a wide range of perspectives and data collection. Student Use and Feedback: At Memorial University of Newfoundland iPads, pre-loaded with class texts and required applications, were loaned to students in a blended English Directing course.
Interviews with students revealed their thoughts about using these devices in a structured learning environment. What are students saying? According to the event’s presenters, students are using their iPads (both owned and borrowed devices) for course-related activities as well as personal use. Students use the iPad primarily for reading and taking notes, but prefer it for shorter, briefer tasks, and use laptops for larger projects.
The iPad received high marks from students for its portability. Apps and More Apps Recording Reading. Evaluating the iPad In Higher Education. More Schools Embrace the iPad as a Learning Tool. A growing number of schools across the nation are embracing the as the latest tool to teach Kafka in multimedia, history through “Jeopardy”-like games and math with step-by-step animation of complex problems. As part of a pilot program, Roslyn High School on Long Island handed out 47 iPads on Dec. 20 to the students and teachers in two humanities classes. The school district hopes to provide iPads eventually to all 1,100 of its students. The iPads cost $750 apiece, and they are to be used in class and at home during the school year to replace , allow students to correspond with teachers and turn in papers and homework assignments, and preserve a record of student work in digital portfolios.
“It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls,” said Larry Reiff, an English teacher at Roslyn who now posts all his course materials online. “If there isn’t an app that does something I need, there will be sooner or later,” said Mr. Even kindergartners are getting their hands on iPads. Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad. Taking a Byte | Pepperdine Magazine | Pepperdine University. Apple’s iPad has taken the technology world by storm, but is it useful in the classroom? Pepperdine launches a new initiative to find out. By Sarah Fisher When Apple Inc. announced their new mobile communications device the iPad last year, it was immediately hyped as the next revolutionary step in technology, even predicted by some to replace computers.
As an unproven product, though, it was also criticized as merely the latest fad, an expensive gadget likely to become outdated in the time it would take to pay off the credit purchase. During the product’s newsworthy emergence, Timothy Chester, Pepperdine’s CIO and vice provost for academic administration, observed that a number of higher education institutions were responding to the new technology at the extremes: some handed out iPads to incoming students while others banned the system on their networks. The Pepperdine iPad Research Initiative is a long-term project that moves beyond the hype of the new device.
Taking a Byte.