"I run into this question sometimes when working with groups or individuals with the iPad. Some schools choose to pilot the iPad by starting with the teacher getting a device and going from there. I'm ok with that method. For some, that may be the toe dipping into the water method, and it may work for them."
I have a question and am not finding an answer so far in the discussions I've gone back through so thought I'd start here. We are in the process of beginning a "take-home" program with iPads for high school sophomores in English (target group for a grant we got). What have people done as far as how students turn in work electronically to the teacher? What we'd like is a way for students to turn in work to a teacher account somewhere in the cloud where it is secure from the eyes and possibly "meddling fingers" of other students.
The issue is also that the iPads will be used on different weeks by different classes so there will not be "one student/iPad" but rather an assigned student in each of the sharing classes who will have that iPad. Setting up dropbox, etc. appears to let you set up each iPad to one account. That won't work. We'd like for each student to have their own account somewhere where they can keep their research and turn it in to the teacher when they are done and where it is accessible to only that student. We're just beginning so I'm hoping there's a simple solution that we just haven't seen yet."
"Cellphones are becoming more popular as a teaching and learning tool in K-12 classrooms, as shown by a survey released Feb. 28. According to How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms, nearly three-quarters of 2,462 middle and high school teachers say they and/or their students use cellphones in class or while working on assignments. Conducted by the Internet & American Life Project at the Pew Research Center in spring 2012, the survey included Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers."
The “Rule of 6” provides an organized set of natural steps in the teaching and learning process, which in turn can be readily applied to thinking about how apps, the lifeblood of the iPad, can fit into the educational process.
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"We are piloting iPads in our elementary campus this year, in groups of 5 per classroom. We offered the chance for our e-Learning leaders to apply for the opportunity, and almost all of them jumped at the chance. It has been an exciting and steep learning curve for us so far. Since I had never used them in the classroom myself, it has been a year of networking, learning, researching, reflecting and collaborating. It has been incredible watching the iPads literally transform the learning environment in the classroom. In addition, we also have a hub of 20 iPads in the library that can be signed out as a class set. In no particular order, here are some insights and reflections from our pilot:"
"The educational possibilities for teaching kids using today's technology and mobile devices are expansive, with online services, apps and connected gadgets easily capable of transforming into distance learning tools, communications and research centers, musical instruments, art boards and more... Following are seven ways to integrate technology into the classroom, whether it be for educational or practical purposes."
"Educators and students of today have more knowledge and tools available to them than ever before in history. Advances in technology have created a digital world where people from all wakes of life can interact and share knowledge–where the answer to almost any question imaginable is just a few clicks away, no matter where you are in the world or what time of day it is."
Sugata's efforts have shown that the traditional model may not be the only road to success. His projects illustrate that kids can learn quickly from each other with minimal adult involvement, motivated solely by curiosity and peer interest.
"Ever since I was a kid, I loathed back to school commercials. They always showed parents gleefully skipping through aisles of pencils and notebooks as the kids, sullen and dejected, sluggishly followed along.
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