by Kim Cofino
Over this past semester we have steadily been working towards the next stage of our Connected Learning Community: moving 2:1 with an iPad Mini + MacBook Air for each student in grade 7 (for now). We’ve started by working with all of our grade 7 teachers in lots of different ways to ensure that they have the support they need to be successful with both devices. Here’s what we’ve done:Grade Level PD
To kick off the trial with our teachers we had two grade level meetings (part 1 & part 2) in late January – not as easy to schedule as it sounds because (in a secondary school of about 45 teachers) we have 28 teachers of grade 7, plus all department heads, and all admin at these meetings. The scheduling challenges were worth it, though, to have everyone in the same room, hearing the same message, and experiencing the same introduction to the trial.
Our focus during these two meetings was to:
- give a clear overview of what we are doing and why, along with a timeline,
- help teachers get settled with their new iPad with mini-SpeedGeeking, a scavenger hunt (thanks to Dana for this genius idea!), and a demo slam,
- start thinking about the different ways we can use the iPads with our existing laptops to enhance learning,
- encourage sharing & feedback throughout the process.