This is Part 1 of a multi-part article regarding iPad Pilot Programs. An increasingly popular discussion topic in schools today is the idea of implementing a 1-to-1 program for students and staff using iPads
The 1 TWO 1 computing initiative is an integral part of the Richland Two Story. Using technology, students will inquire and explore their world. Transformative technologies will ignite a joy of learning in our students and inspire them to become 21st century learners. Students will work collaboratively on authentic problem and project-based activities which enhance creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Through personalized, authentic and collaborative experiences, our students will develop the skills to prepare them for a future that we can only imagine.
Technology teacher training must go beyond how to turn-on a device with a brief overview familiarization of its features and apps. It must also include teaching “behavior changing” strategies and techniques to be truly effective in the transition to a 21st century digital learning model. The correct answer to overcoming technology obsolesce… make teacher professional development a key part of every technology purchase!
After talking to many of my colleagues over the last few days, I realize there are many schools looking at some version of iPad deployment and they want to do it right. In order for the iPad to be a great learning tool, you’ll need your teachers fully committed to it. It requires time and effort to prepare teachers for such a deployment, so make sure you have staff in place to do it.
A sixty-day experiment documenting classroom life in the Cloud: two Northfield Community School (NCS) fourth grade teachers (Mrs. Shenkus & Mrs. Gibson) explore the use of Google Chromebooks across the curriculum. Project Manager: Mr. Jarrett, K-4 Technology Facilitator.