Vision K-20 is the belief that to better prepare our nation's students, every K-20 educational institution should effectively utilize modern technologies to:
Personalize learning to increase student engagement and achievementDocument and track student performanceMaximize teaching and administrative effectivenessProvide equity and access to new learning opportunitiesEmpower collaborative learning communitiesBuild student proficiencies in 21st century skills
JD Ferries-Rowe is the Chief Information Officer and debate coach at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. Here, he recounts how embracing BYOT has changed everything from how the school approaches PD to what classrooms look like.
"In this four-part series, we are using the Someday/Monday concept to explore four dimensions of using tablets, such as iPads, in educational settings. We will do this by examining how teachers can take students on a journey from the consumption of media to curation, creation, and connection. In the first part of this series, we used the Someday/Monday template to explore Consumption http://bit.ly/1bbz1tm . During the second, we examined Curation http://bit.ly/1bbz8Ff ; ; and the evolving role of the teacher as a curator of learning objects. This week, we will address Creation, examining what is possible when we empower students and teachers as innovators with iPads and other mobile devices."
"In this quick post I want to share with you this beautiful interactive image on the SAMR model. I learned about this resource from a tweet shared by our colleague David Fife. As you can see from the image below, iPadders provided examples of how to use each classroom task according to the different SAMR categories. And in each category, a set of apps and tools are provided to help you carry out the task under study. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"
"So you want to be able to create and access your digital portfolios on the go. There are apps that allows you to do that and some of don't cost a dime. There is also the possibility to work on your digital portfolios on Google Drive, in fact EdTech did a great video tutorial on how to use Drive as a portfolio solution in your iPad classroom. Below are some of the good apps you can try on your iPad to create digital portfolios and as always if you know about another good app to add to the list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy"
"TeachThought is officially ten weeks old (yay us!), and to celebrate that incredible milestone (which is also the same as the gestation period of the North American Box Turtle), we’re putting together posts that reflect back on that time, while also acting as a kind of curation tool for some of the content you have found most helpful.
With that, below are ten of our most popular iPad posts, in no certain order, because, well, we don’t play favorites around here (even if you do). And if you suspect there might be a follow up post with ten more, you might be on to something."
Mooresville Graded School District’s fourth annual Summer Connection conference, which focuses using digital technology in the classroom, brings in teachers, principals and superintendents from around the USA.
Richard Jones's insight:
For Tyna Thompson, who teaches ninth grade English in the private Cincinnati Christian Schools, the goal of digitally converting classrooms is the same one educators have always had for students: To see them make it into college and “great careers.”
The problem with one to one programmes (be they mac or pc or anything else) - the media don't get it unsurprisingly. If digital conversion means more efficient 20th century education we are in trouible.
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study.
Richard Jones's insight:
The iPad has often been dismissed as a tool for consumption and not creation. I think this is a bit of a myth developed around thinking about learning as purely literary and overly concerned with file transfer issues and other "old school" activities.
Having said that it is a pity vendors have gone the proprietory route on storage!
With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …
Simply limiting or restricting access is not the answer to keeping students safe. Students need to use the tools that will help them learn their best at any time and anywhere. As a result, Learning.com has developed a brand new Digital Citizenship App, specifically designed for middle and high school students, to teach them how to be safe and make good choices online.
The Charleston County School District has spent more than $9 million on its iPad initiative, but the computer tablets haven't triggered reading or math gains in three schools where every student has one.
Richard Jones's insight:
"Jordan said she uses her iPad to find information, rather than just getting it from the teacher.
During another lesson on the Roman coliseum, she said her teacher gave some information, then encouraged students to do their own research.
"We figured out way more than the teacher told us," Jordan said.
Allowing that kind of student-directed learning to take place is what teacher Dan Polasek said has been among his biggest challenges in using iPads. He loves telling students everything he knows about his social studies content, but he said that's not how students will learn the information.