Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal, Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School, who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.
Attendance is up, disturbances are down, and kids are actually taking care of their high-tech school supplies.
Apple: IPads In High-Poverty Maryland Classrooms Help Advance Students.
In its blog “The Switch,” the Washington Post (11/18, Tsukayama) reports on a new promotional video from Apple, showcasing the use of iPads by every student and teacher at four high-poverty middle schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The video focuses on Buck Lodge Middle school, where students use video, presentations, and educational software daily; 400 Buck Lodge students are permitted to take their tablets home, with the school seeing few drawbacks, better attendance, and decreases in behavioral problems. Apple reports that 175% more students at Prince George’s schools are at “advanced” math levels compared to similar schools without iPads, while 35% more reached an “advanced” reading level.
PARCC Implementation To Impact New Jersey Guidance Counselors.
The Gloucester County (NJ) Times (11/3) reports that as New Jersey schools transition to the Common Core-aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, high school guidance counselors will be on “the front lines,” since the test will be used as a graduation exit exam starting in 2019. The piece notes that Assistant Education Commissioner Bari Erlichson addressed the issue at the Educational Information and Resource Center, or EIRC, in Glassboro on Friday morning, speaking “to a group of administrators and guidance professional about the nitty-gritty details of PARCC.”
Mel Riddile's insight:
The issue is not the Common Core assessments, but the decision by NJ to use the results of the assessments as barriers to graduation.
"Figuring out which apps work best in your particular classroom is not easy. There’s a painstaking process of trial and error that teachers must go through (usually during the summer break or professional development sessions)."
"Chances are, if you’re teaching a group of younger students (elementary or middle school, though high schoolers are certainly not known for being super careful with their devices either), you’re likely concerned about how they’re handling your expensive classroom iPads. There are a ton of “tough” tablet cases out there designed to save your device when it is dropped/banged/slammed/smacked/otherwise injured, but just trying to protect them for when that happens isn’t getting at the root of the problem. Teaching students how to properly handle their devices so that they don’t get broken (or are less likely to, since obviously accidents happen) is a necessary approach (though I’d still recommend padding those iPads to high heaven in whatever case is most appropriate for your classroom needs)."
For every kid who is caught hiding beneath his covers with a flashlight and a novel at midnight, there is another who has to be begged and pleaded with to read. And the latter might need a little extra—shall we call it encouragement?—to become a great reader. To help, we've rounded up a list of the top apps that not only teach essential reading skills but also motivate kids—even the most book-phobic—to read, read and read some more.
The AP (11/3, Cook) reports on the fits and starts that have marked the progress of “an ambitious iPad initiative” in the school district in Dothan, Alabama, noting that “students, teachers and administrators are negotiating the learning curve involved with” the $2.6 million program. Administrators have been challenged by such issues as internet capacity and a lack of broadband in students’ homes, and a constantly evolving “blacklist” of prohibited apps. Moreover, some education publishers have failed to deliver on their promises to provide quality content.
The Franklin Academy High School implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment a the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the next two school years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades 9-12 in the high school. This deployment has reached 475 high school students and all teaching staﬀ. Our K-8 program deployed iPads across the grade levels in the form of class sets and mobile carts.
This study targeted our 1:1 deployment at the high school to investigate the impact the device has had on teaching and learning. The survey used to gather the student data was administered in April of 2014. Students included in the survey used the device anywhere from 1 to 4 years. The students use the iPad while at school and home.
Results of the survey hope to shed light on the impact the use of the iPad has had on academic gains as well as the development of the most important non-cognitive skills our program is founded upon.
"I am starting to see the light… and somewhat emerging from the fog of iPad enrollment and technical logistics. After a full weekend of ACL (yes, the TechChef does find time to enjoy in the Austin music scene), I spent half a day with Randolph ISD sharing some timely tips for managing iPads in the classroom. As I am never one to hoard resources and I imagine that there our other teachers and districts that might benefit from some tried and true management techniques, I thought I would crank out a blog to share these with the greater edusphere."
Many people think of iPads in education as devices that need to be locked down. But at Immaculata-La Salle, we're doing things differently.
Fla. school finds key to easier iPad deployment It took a Florida school roughly one month to roll out iPad 3 tablets for students, which Fredy Padovan, education-technology director and technology-integration coach and presenter, said led officials to opt this time for an iPad Air deployment that took just over two hours. The school used the Device Enrollment Program offered by Apple to help enroll and supervise Apple devices. eSchool News (free registration) (10/10)
There are now a wide variety of iPad apps that you can use to organize your life and create an effective workflow. In this regard, I handpicked for you some really interesting apps that you should definitely consider to enhance your productivity. These apps provide a bunch of excellent features such as : easy ways to create to-do lists, scheduled notifications, reminders, notifications of upcoming tasks and events, and many more. Some of these apps are also integrated with Google and Google Apps accounts .
Do you have a set of defined, school wide instructional practices? I bet you have defined practices for attendance, discipline, fire drills, cafeteria, bus drills, and registration. How can we call ourselves professionals when the very business of which we are about--teaching and learning--has no defined practices?
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found. The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district's largely disadvantaged students,