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27 Aug 2013
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I Declare an… iPad Oath

So… we have reflected, oriented, and even fostered formative assessment. Think this might be a good time to solemnly declare… an oath. These previous posts (linked above**) have laid the ground work to prepare for a transformative year with mobile devices.

Last year the middle school felt a need to create an iPad Oath that addressed specific classroom behaviors and legislated appropriate use beyond the existing R.U.G. (Responsible Use Guidelines). After reviewing multiple middle school AUP’s and iPad forms online and our own existing elementary iPad Oath, I decided to concoct one of my own using similar ingredients. (The back of the form includes a space for both parent and student signature.)

MS iPad Oath

MS iPad Oath by Lisa Johnson

Now truly there are two schools of thought on the discipline rationale.

  • All Tools Are Created Equal: One feels the device should be treated no differently than any other classroom tool. If they were doodling on a piece of paper or passing notes when they should have been taking notes, this off task behavior should be addressed no differently than surfing the net or texting during a lecture. Similarly, the reprimand for cheating using an iPad would be no different than cheating without a device.
  • Transparency is KING!: The other school of thought feels that we need to be a little more transparent with students about what our expectations for instructional use and app-ropriate behavior are and provide a clear set of consequences if these guidelines are not met. For those of you that would app-reciate a delineated discipline format, I have included one below. 😉
Off Task Intervention Created with Comic Life

Off Task Intervention Created with Comic Life

While these will truly be living documents and ultimately change and evolve over the next year and beyond as these devices are readily integrated and accepted in to the edmosphere, I thought they might be worth a gander.

** Note: I have added Georgetown’s Teacher iPad Proficiency Checklist and other iPad resources to the iPad Orientation Thinglink.

TechChef4u would LOVE to hear from you! What school of thought do you adhere to? What documents and guidelines has your district set in place to ensure app-propriate use?

Interested in 1:1 Deployment and PD strategies and implementation? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com).

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1,200+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

22 Aug 2013
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iReflect Before iTrek

As we rapidly app-roach the new school year, I was reminded of an older post, “iReflect”, which shared reflections on our first year of 1:1 iPads using a Haiku Deck. Before we embark on another year of our iJourney, it is worth at least a moment of deliberation. One of my favorite Thinglinkers (and fellow iVenger), Marianna Husain, also held an iReflect luncheon before the school year ended and documented all of the feedback using a chalkboard and Thinglink.

While it is very easy to plunge in to the organized chaos of the first few weeks of school without a second cursory glance, the musings and anecdotes of wisdom of 90 days past could and should be instrumental into shaping the culture of learning and professional development that lies ahead. By the same token, a gander at the campus and district vision is worthwhile in assessing the direction devices should be utilized and integrated to ultimately impact and improve student learning.

One of my favorite quotes from this iReflect luncheon was:

“In my 21 yrs teaching, no tool has promoted differentiation better!”

I would definitely agree about the transformational power and potential of the device to capture and showcase individual learning. But truly the device is only a tool and we have to develop purposeful interaction with the tool while cultivating a shared vision for it.

“Cultivate a shared vision for the tool.”

As every year new teachers enter the district, it is vital to let them in on the shared vision. And of course catch them up to speed on the basics. And what better way to do that then with a Thinglink… 😉

At some point, I think I may hit a limit for number of blog posts that feature Thinglink… BUT I simply can’t help myself.

Lori Roberts, Educational Technology Specialist, shared a beautiful Thinglink to support teachers with iPad Basics.

And the Winthrop Australia Education Team created a lovely Haiku Deck of iOS Language so those of you who are new to the device are able to speak a common icon language 😉


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

I have added all of these tools to my Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit that I posted last week. Whether you are embarking on a year 1,2, or 3 of a 1:1 or BYOD or deploying carts and individual devices, I hope these resources reach and support you.

 

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“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


12 Aug 2013
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Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit: 6 Tools Every Teacher Should Master

Recently I co-facilitated an iPad 101 workshop for secondary teachers with fellow iVenger colleagues (@mryenca, @classroom_tech, and @fiskeclass). As we are a K-12 1:1 school district, this course was not a “just the basics” course but truly designed to meet the individual needs of each of the learners. After introductions, we asked each attendee what they wanted to learn. While we didn’t plan it, naturally… many of the proposed topics fell into the usual categories: workflow, organization, assessment, etc…

iPad Workshop

… Over the past few weeks, multiple posts and articles have popped up with some stellar resources to prepare teachers of mobile learning with the supplies they need to be successful in the 2013-2014 school year.

A few of my favorites (which are also linked within the Thinglink below) are:

  1. A Practical Guide for Teachers Who Just Got iPads
  2. 9 Starter Tips for Teachers Who Just Got iPads
  3. 15 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do with their iPad (the jailbreaking one is questionable but the other 14 are worth a gander)
  4. 10 Tips for Managing an iPad Classroom
  5. iPad Integration: Phase 1 (which mentions the iTunes U course “Exploring the iPad in Classroom Instruction”)

So in the interest of providing a resource to support those of you embracing a 1:1 or embarking on your own mobile journey, I smashed two of my favorite web tools (easel.ly and thinglink) to assemble a list of 6 apps (but really types of tools) that every teacher in a mobile classroom should master… and a few professional development ideas for each.

Without further ado… I will bid you adieu and unveil the Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit.

Hover over the image for hidden gems and goodies. 😉

 

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14 Feb 2012
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Reflections on a 1:1 iPad: It is a Tool, NOT a Toy!

I had the wonderful app-ortunity to make a site visit to Westlake H.S. in Eanes ISD on Wednesday February 1st. When we arrived, various campus and district officials shared some background on the student-centered learning initiative. They focused on multiple benefits of the 1:1 iPad initiative where high school seniors were issued iPads like textbooks at the beginning of the year. In a time where global communication, inquiry-based opportunities, and self-directed learning is how students manage the information revolution, it was refreshing to get to observe an iLearning Utopia.

WIFI Update from Westlake Chaps on Vimeo: Produced by Westlake Film Production – Special Thanks to Carolyn Foote

When asked what they would miss most about their iPad if it was picked up next week, one student replied “I would miss the responsibility – I feel like the school trusts me.”

Student Responsibilities: Allowing students to take the iPads home “blurs the lines” of school and home and provides for a 24/7 information access environment where students can digitally pursue their passion and interest in authentic learning environments and collaborate and problem-solve with others to deepen understanding. With this came an iPad Loan Agreement which included 10 Student Responsibilities (5 of which are highlighted below):

 

  1. My iPad is my responsibility and I will not leave it in unsupervised areas.
  2. I will honor my family’s values when using the iPad.
  3. I will bring the iPad to school every day with a fully-charged battery.
  4. I will treat the iPad appropriately and will report any mechanical or technical issues to the school.
  5. I agree to use the iPad for appropriate, legitimate, and responsible communications.

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities: The agreement also included 7 Parent/Guardian Responsibilities (3 of which are highlighted below) which re-stated many of the Student Responsibilities:

  1. I will supervise my son’s/daughter’s use of the iPad at home.
  2. I will discuss our family’s values and expectations regarding the use of the Internet and email at home and will supervise my son’s/daughter’s use of the Internet and email.
  3. I will ensure that my son/daughter reports any mechanical or technical issues to the school.

 

During my visit, I had the pleasure of observing 3 different classrooms and visiting the Juice Bar.

English 3 AP: While the student task and assignment itself was projected in the SMART board, it was very clear when I walked in to this classroom that the learning had been moved from the wall to the hands of the kids. Students were seated in groups of 4 and 5 (each with their own iPad). Each student was clearly on task and engaged and able to utilize all of the resources around them in a productive and purposeful fashion… including their peers. It was also refreshing to see the teacher, Valerie Taylor, modeling the use of creative commons photos as it is so simple now with an iPad to save any internet image to your Photo Roll for use in a project (without attribution).

Valerie Taylor Moves Learning from the Wall to the Hands of the Kids


 
AP Environmental Science: The teacher, Bob Murphy, discussed how he had found an article that very morning that he felt was more pertinent and relevant than what he had initially planned for the day. Typically, teachers can not change their lessons on the fly to accommodate new or current findings as additional copies and labs require time and planning. With the convenience of having a personal mobile device, students accessed the article with their Austin American Statesman app (they also have a podcast series) and then proceeded to engage in a discussion on the topic.

Statistics: The first thing I noticed about this classroom was the multiple learning styles supported with the iPad. While each student was taking notes on the same topic, many used different note-taking apps (the favorite was NoteTaker), a stylus, a keyboard. Even in the same note-taking app, students notes looked quite different. Brad Smith mentioned a couple of benefits of the 1:1 such as the ability to analyze and manipulate large data sets and make graphs and charts quickly. He also discussed the ability for students to keep a record of their homework and assignments (as these electronic items are resident on their device even after they have submitted them via email to their instructor).

(See video below for more teacher tips for integrating the iPad into the iClassroom)

Juice Bar: Our last stop before returning to debrief on our findings and observations was the library which Carolyn Foote has turned into hip and trendy spot to share apps, collaborate, and troubleshoot the devices. The carpet was removed, power strips, cafe tables and chairs were added, idea boards were provided to share apps and resources, and a mentorship program was created to self-support the troubleshooting and mechanics of the devices.

The Juice Bar: Westlake H.S.


I had brought a list of logistical questions to ask students and teachers and will share them with the resulting answers below:
  1. What if you forget your iPad at home? While it clearly states in the student responsibility form that students will bring a fully-charged iPad to school each day, there will be the occasionally day that one will forget. In the event of iAmnesia, students are able to rent one out for the day.
  2. What happens if a student breaks or damages a device? In the past six months, approximately 60 of the 2,000 iPads have been broken or damaged. This amounts to only 3% of the initial load. Students were given the option to purchase optional insurance for their device for a fee of $30. With a 95% acceptance rate, it is clear this was a popular option.
  3. Can students access Facebook? No, this site is blocked by the school Wifi.
  4. Does the device present a distraction? From multiple student interviews, I found the device is a wonderful way to self-manage. Students are aware that they have to complete the assignment regardless and most would rather complete it in class then complete it at home. If students are off-task on the device, teachers have the authority to pick it up and have it returned to the student or parent at the end of the day.
  5. How do teachers interact with students in this “blurred line” atmosphere? Teachers have office hours a few days a week in which they are available to FaceTime with small groups from 6-8pm to discuss assignments – modeling an atmosphere that closely resembles higher education institutions.
  6. What accommodations are made for absent students? Many times a friend will video-tape the lecture or students can FaceTime in directly.
  7. Can’t students cheat with an iPad? Typically assessments are given with an iPad / non iPad section. The iPad section would also allow access to student notes. Many standardized assessments are accessed via a QR code and then completed in Google Forms. (See video below for apps and process used to create and conduct these paperless assessments)
  8. How do students submit work? While Dropbox is an app that easily allows students access to files, multiple teachers mentioned that the organization and maintenance of the utility as well as the ability for students to accidentally delete or move files and folders led them to rely on submitting work almost exclusively via email. So what might that process look like? Students have a school email. Teachers have a Gmail account in which they have set up files and a sorting nomenclature based on the subject line (e.g. Statitsics: Period 2, English AP: Period 3).
  9. Is printing from an iPad an issue? Due to the increase in electronic submissions of work, teachers have begun to consider what truly needs to be printed and what does not. In doing so, they have saved $30,000 in paper alone this semester.
  10. How does the iPad work in conjunction with the existing textbook? The textbook is still used as a resource. However, students don’t always need to lug it around. The beauty of the iPad is that students can take a snapshot of the 2-3 pages they need (whether it be for questions, an article, or vocabulary) or access the online version from the publisher. Eanes is also in the process of setting up an iTunes U channel for the district and investigating iBooksAuthor.
  11. What kind of covers were issued to protect the devices? Initially students were given a Kensington Padfolio-like $30 cover. The campus had assumed the covers would be turned in once students decided to purchase their own trendy covers but found just the opposite trend occurred. Students were able to personalize and customize the device, home screen, and apps itself and had no need or desire to buy trendy cases.
  12. What apps were initially purchased for the students and how were they disseminated? Each student received roughly $40 worth of apps including Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie etc. These apps are considered a consumable cost as the apps are now tied to individual student iTunes accounts when they are redeemed. Casper is used as a storefront to disseminate the apps provided.

 

Eanes Wifi: Taking Copious Notes in the Juice Bar!

 

Paperless Assessments: Bob Murphy models how the iPads can be utilized to manage delivering student assessments and reduce paper waste.

How are Teachers Integrating the iPad into their Life/Classroom and Handling Student Submissions?

Want More? Visit Eanes’ Wifi iPad Pilot Project Blog and the Westlake H.S. page for more videos and resources. Also Check out the “appy hours 4 u” interview with Carl Hooker for more info on the 1:1 iPad Rollout.

 


11 Feb 2012
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Lessons Learned from iPad & iPod for Secondary: TCEA 2012

One of the sessions I was able to attend this week other than the iPlayground(s) was “iPad & iPod for Secondary“.


SlideRocket: http://bit.ly/uOvX12

Road Blocks to an iPad 1:1: They began with the above Xtranormal which was a great ice-breaker and good platform to get everyone thinking about managing road blocks and criticisms of integrating the iPad into the classroom.

The full presentation is up in Sliderocket (including videos).

iPad and iPod Touches in the Secondary Classroom

 

  1. Learner-Centered: Teachers filled out an application to be part of the pilot and integrated the flipped classroom model which morphs the environment from teacher-centered to learner-centered. To support this model, teachers created a calendar on their website that housed the videos and handouts and study guides. If students did not have access to internet at home, teachers could provide the resources on a flash drive as well.
  2. iClassroom Management: The iPads were provided for each student to use while they were at school (they did not leave campus) and all teachers had the password to the iTunes account. The only paid apps resident on the devices were Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and iMovie. Each classroom also had 3 MacBook Pros for student use and 1 Mac for teacher use and to be utilized to purchase further apps for the classroom. A 10 Port Hub was also purchased to make the syncing process quicker. Other relevant tidbits were the access of Facebook and YouTube to all students (this was addressed in their updated AUP) and a Digital Cafe in Edmodo.
  3. The session also shared a few of their favorite apps: Join.Me (screen sharing and collaboration: must install desktop software), Evernote, ScreenChomp, Science 360, Jot! Whiteboard, Side by Side, PDF Notes, Sundry Notes, CloudOn, ShowMe, Popplet Lite, Toontastic, and Word Jewels.

 

Visit these links for more apps for secondary (Science, Math, ELAR, History) and appy integration for all content areas and grade levels.

02 Nov 2011
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Eanes ISD – How do you setup a 1:1 iPad Program?: Episode 8

Individualized Curriculum

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 8Eanes ISD: How do you setup a 1:1 iPad Program.

This was our first episode with an outside of district guest. We were very fortunate and thrilled to have Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), Director of Instructional Technology for Eanes ISD and “a music loving, techno-literate, iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron” to grace our show. He shared Eanes’ 1:1 iPad program timeline and plan for implementation, management, and integration.

 

“You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.” Seymour Papert

Carl shared that Seymour’s quote tied in with the “why” of a 1:1… to keep the focus on the students to provide them with an individualized, flexible curriculum.

iCeption: Carl created a mock-umentary movie to explain how the iDevice actually creates more time in your day. While the video is very edutainment oriented, the message is quite clear… the power of the iDevice is mobile learning.


WIFI Timeline: During our show, Carl discussed the timeline for Eanes’ WIFI (Westlake Initiative for Innovation)

Eanes Timeline for WIFI

 

iDevice Student Orientation Video: After choosing a relevant, flexible, adaptable, and game-changing tool that could provide students with 24/7 access to knowledge and collaboration, Carl created an orientation video for students that included acceptable use guidelines, laser etching as a theft deterrent, passcode locks, iPad Dos and Don’ts, info about the genius bar, care and cleaning, getting apps with an iTunes account and acquiring district-purchased apps from self service, and device insurance for loss or damage.

Eanes ISD Blasts off with a 1:1 iPad Initiative

 

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