A fairly balanced article comparing use of ipads with chromebooks in US schools. The article leads with a school who have swapped ipads to chromebooks - hence the title. Read the whole of the article as the ending is quite surprising
Gives a good account of the state of play in different school districts and tries to address some of the issues around the "which is best to use" argument.
Interesting comments by students at end when asked which they prefer....
Teachers in HEIs are looking beyond the traditional VLE to free Web tools and services which have edu potential. As they and any digitally astute organisation should do: personal tools and universal platform
An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! Last year I published an infographic titled "iPad as the Teacher’s Pet." It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It is divided into seven sections.
What a PHENOMENAL piece of work this infographic is - amazing!
The first issue of the UKED Magazine from UKedchat. Subscribe at http://j.mp/ukedmagsub Super article from pages 14-20 from the much respected Mark Anderson on digital pedagogies, toolkits and a framework for developing/enhancing/transforming teaching and learning with technology.
"I was thinking today that I had to make it clear that competency with technology is not the first issue you should worry about if you want to make SAMR progress. The issue to tackle first is the teaching conventions and mindsets amongst the staff, and for this you need some pretty simple and effective arguments.
So here are some I’ve used to move staff on a little:"
Scarcely a month ago, on August 27, the Los Angeles County Unified School District placed the first iPads in students’ hands at the outset of a $1 billion plan to give one to every single student in the nation’s second largest public school district ($500 million for devices, plus an additional $500 million for internet …
The inside story into what was a shocking disaster and some of the lessons that need to be learned in any 1-1 program.
"In the first two terms of implementing an iPad programme, Longfield Academy in Kent have noticed a great impact on teaching and learning. Research carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine consulting is published here."
The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model is a framework used to evaluate the technology being employed (or that you’d like to employ) in your classroom. Basically, it offers a way for you to look at how technology integration might affect teaching and learning. Accordingly, many teachers and administrators who are in the process of choosing between classroom technology …
A nice interactive infographic here that shows a possible sequences of SAMR through 6 standard components of a lesson.
WARNING WARNING WARNING
Via @mcwow "Apps do not fall in a level of SAMR or Blooms. Be careful when we see those graphics. It's what the teacher does.."
The Microsoft UK Blog for schools, featuring news for schools from Microsoft, case studies within education, and education ICT advice
Not sure to what to make about this one although I did rant some comment at the bottom. What seems lost in all of this is the pedagogy although increasingly 1:1 devices and VLEs are impacting on whole school systems and these seem the hardest to force a change in direction.
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