- As more districts across the United States move to 1:1 initiatives, a common barrier is financial resources, and a common temptation is to regard these initiatives as technology enterprises rather than instructional transformations. In a three-year pilot project, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) addressed these challenges by implementing a creative approach designed to entice public funders by providing all students with equitable access to digital devices.
"The main point this diagram illustrates for me is not so much the types of teachers in a school but the percentages of those types in existence. The sharp end of the pencil represents the teachers who choose to regularly update their knowledge and practice in teaching approach and use of technology and yes, it’s only 10-15%. Educations biggest influencers are the majority of teachers who either expect & wait for professional development to be delivered to them (wood), feel they require no PD at all (Ferrules) or try to reverse any example of progression from that which worked 20 years ago (Erasers). My own school has been BYOD for 4 years and can still claim the same percentages displayed in the pencil above (I’ve only been there a year). The first question that every teacher/leader at the summit should have been asking themselves is “How do I affect genuine change in the majority of those I work with?” This was the heart of my presentation."
"The best administrators know that the key to any new program or initiative is comprehensive preparation and training for their staff. If your district is considering deploying iPads in the classroom for the first time or you are restructuring or expanding an existing iPad initiative, what steps will you take to prepare your staff and students to successfully integrate tablet technology into the classroom? Before taking the plunge and investing in iPads, it's important to think through the instructional changes that will need to take place to ensure your iPad rollout is a success.
The eSpark team supports schools and districts across the country to integrate personalized learning and iPads into classrooms. Through our experience deploying tens of thousands of classroom iPads with our partnerships, we have identified four steps that are vital to the success of an iPad initiative. Along with each step, we provide an exemplary case study of how one of our district partnerships deployed iPads in their classrooms and achieved remarkably successful teacher and student outcomes."
Classrooms going digital bring both the good and the bad. Smaller mounds of paperwork and easy document storage (no more ‘dog ate my homework!’ or equally ridiculous excuses) fall on the good side of things. The necessity of teaching things like digital citizenship, the plethora of distractions online or the expense of digital devices might …
"The students at Franklin Academy have worked hard this week getting these videos edited and posted. In last Sunday’s post I shared three of the first sessions posted. There are now almost 20 session videos available on the iPad Teacher Academy channel on YouTube, and there are still a few to more come. After reviewing survey feedback, I have selected a number of popular sessions to share here in today’s post."
We have come to a point in the education technology journey where it seems rather dull to still be asking if the iPad is the right device for the classroom. The answer, in case you’ve missed the last few years of debate is that it is a great option, but this is not universally accepted …
iPads, iPods and other tablets are becoming more commonplace in the classroom, and schools are filling their devices with lots of Apps. Teachers could be missing valuable opportunities to truly embed the use of iPads in the classroom.
"This post is based on Galen Gruman's article published on April 25, 2014: The iPad is so over, Apple seems to be moving on. Gruman bases his arguments on Jean-Louis Gassée's article: The iPad Is a Tease.
Articles claiming the death of the iPad are the result of the Apple's quarterly earnings that were reported on April 23.
Obviously, as an avid iPad in education promoter, this article hit home. Was I offended? That's probably not the right word. However, I do strongly disagree with both of the articles. The iPad is not a fad. It is here to stay."
"Pad Bingo chart is an activity created by Allanah King to help teachers enhance their workflow with iPad. At the heart of iPad Bingo is a collaborative learning and sharing experience and though Allanah initially designed this chart to be used with teachers learning about the basics of iPad use, I would suggest that teachers use it with their students in the start of the school year to assess students knowledge of basic iPad tasks. To do this you can apply the procedure Allanah used :
The deal was that people had to walk around the room and find someone who could show them how to do the tasks on the bingo board, that person showed them, then they had to do the task themselves. Then they could initial the bingo board. When they had five squares initialled in a row they yelled ‘Allanah’ and got a prize!"
"Apple and a 12.9-inch iPad; the first iOS 7 game controller is long overdue; Retina iPad Minis are almost perfect; strategies to backup all those iPhone photos you take; and Adam Christianson from the Maccast podcast joins us on this time on The CultCast!"
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