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.
Apple has released another video in their ongoing creative series — "Make a film with iPad". It features student directors from the Los Angeles County High School, including Juliet Chin, Miu Jun, and Chester Milton, as well as excerpts from Martin Scorsese's commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014.
The district saves on the cost of a temporary worker, and students theoretically stay on track with the week’s lessons. This is particularly interesting in light of recent studies that have found chronic teacher absenteeism can hurt student achievement.
"For the first time ever, Khan Academy has released all of its classes specifically for the iPad. This is great for anyone interested in getting some free education, but it’s much more than that. In fact, Khan Academy’s decision is big news for human civilization."
- 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.
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)
Florida Drops 11th Grade English Test As Part Of Plan To Reduce Standardized Testing.
The Washington Post (2/18, Strauss) reports in its “Answer Sheet” blog that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, yesterday, said that the state’s students are “over-tested” and by executive order eliminated a test in English Language Arts for 11th grade. The order was based on a report by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recommending reduced testing. The report includes lists of all the standardized assessments given in the state by district. The report contains several recommendations for eliminating tests where the material is already covered in other tests, including eliminating local testing where state testing exists.
Mel Riddile's insight:
"students in a number of grade levels were subjected to a number of standardized tests in the double digits. Take Duval County, for example. Students in K-5 take 14 assessments and students in grades 6 12 take as many as 23 per grade."
The fatal mistake schools make when deploying mobile technology is thinking that by purchasing the hardware, that’s the hard part done. In fact, the easiest step in a school’s iPad journey is buying the technology; the successful use of the technology is determined by what schools do after this.
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.
This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.
Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.
dA few weeks ago, I shared here a list of some powerful iPad apps for sketchnoting (visual note taking) and I argued that sketchnoting has several cognitive pluses (e.g easy memory recall, quick processing of data, enhanced concentration, to mention but a few). I have recently bought a stylus and started experimenting with this new form of taking notes. My sketches are not the best but the more I practice the better they become. One of the things I learned from the different video tutorials I watched in this regard is that as a beginner sketchnoter you need to build a rich visual vocabulary that will facilitate your visual representations and to do this you need to have access to works of expert sketchnoters. Observing how they use shapes, colours, graphic organizers, text...etc will definitely help you learn how to create your own sketchnotes. One of the people I would recommend for anyone starting to learn sketchnoting is Langwitches.
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)."
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