iPads at EMS
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An attempt to start organizing the project.
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1. Pedagogy - What's different?

"Give pupils something to do, not something to learn." John Dewey

Learning Tools
At their best iPads should be understood as learning tools more than teaching tools. The culture of teaching and learning must change to reflect this. Computers, Smartboards, document cameras, as we have traditionally used them, are teaching tools. iPads require a different perspective.

Areas of Impact
Engagement, motivation, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication - these are the areas of impact. Unfortunately, they are not measured by the standardized tests, however, improvement in these areas can lead to better test scores.

Boredom
iPads have the potential to allow for more choice, control, challenge, and complexity, factors associated with "learning" as opposed to "schooling". The latter is associated with boredom in surveys of students.

Need to Prepare Students
There is a perception that students use technology all the time, and are "digital natives". However, much of their use is for entertainment and social connectivity. They may not be prepared to use technology to support learning. They may also resist the change in the safe, predictable way of school that they have learned to navigate.


2. Management Issues

  • Inventory, naming, labeling
  • Distinguishing devices - students create individualized home background image
  • iTunes accounts / Apple Volume Purchase Account (see 1 below)
  • Initial setup - set of apps, configuration settings (see 2 and 3 below)
  • Ongoing synching - process
  • Storage / charging - process

Related:
  1. Apple Volume Purchase Program
  2. Apple Configurator - software for managing devices
  3. Institutional Ownership iOS Deployment Model - Apple video for our intended use
  4. Things NOT to do during a rollout - two blog entries First 10 - Second 10
  5. Sample Insurance Plan for families - needs to be considered


3. Policies and Communications


Many policies are available online


4. Apps Selected for Use





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5. App finding resources and reviews


There are many lists and blogs out there.

6. e-texts / e-books




7. Specific Activities and Examples of Use



8. Student Workflow

  • Email accounts - all students have Gmail accounts; need policy; need to allow messaging in-district only
  • File storage - storage on iPad and Schoology and Google Docs (?)
  • File sharing - look at capabilities of Schoology as primary tool
  • Homework - Schoology where possible
  • Device maintenance - periodic file deletion on iPad as needed
  • Shared library (of student work) - Will evolve based on need. Public or private? Use - Schoology; class web page (?); Create YouTube channel for class (instructions)



9.Thoughts and Misc

  1. Art of Attention - talk to students about attention being a "skill". They will need to be especially careful about being able to focus as needed and not be distracted by apps.
  2. Need to teach students how to watch an instructions video - How do you know what you are trying to learn? How often do you hit pause? How do you stay focused on it? Do you need to watch all the way then go back to repeat sections? Etc.



Additional Resources




  • SAMR = Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition - Four levels of integration going from mere enhancement to true transformation.
  • One of many pages about this - iPad Apps Classified by SAMR Model

  • TPACK - TPACK describes the complex interaction of knowledge that underlies true technology integration.