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iPads in education | An Enabling e-Learning event

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Started by Tessa Gray 11 Jul 2012 3:01pm () Replies (23)

Judging from the high interest in discussions within the iPad/iPod user group, iPads in education is a current trend for many schools. Perhaps your school is thinking about purchasing iPads and not sure how to get started. Perhaps you’re personally interested in trialing ways of working with iPads in the classroom, then this forum will no doubt interest you. iPad

iPads are a versatile, light-weight, portable, multi-media tool that has a huge potential in education – both at school and at home. Wireless technology means that students can access a huge digital repertoire of material for research (Internet), exploration and consolidation of new learning, sharing information, data collection, e-books, story telling and more. The responsive scrolling touch screen makes this tool is ideal for all diverse learners.

Guest educators and teachers include Tara Fagan (BeL facilitator), Tania Coutts (BeL facilitator), Allanah King (iPad/iPod group owner) and Chris McKinlay (Grants Braes School) - will be on hand to answer your questions and share their expertise.

Meanwhile, here's a video from Enabling e-Learning:TeachingBenefits iPads provide for student learning - Part 1 - where teacher Craig Kemp and one of his students from Grant's Braes School talk about the benefits of iPads in the classroom.

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  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2012 11:54am ()

    Hi everyone, I have just started working for CORE Education, fresh out of a year 3 digital classroom in Whangarei.

    At the end of last year our staff had the opportuntity to apply for some contestable funding from our Board of Trustees and I was fortunate enough to gain funding for 5 ipads and an ipod for my class, to add to the macbooks we aleady had.

    The ipads were a great hit with the children from the very first day. Intuitive, easy to handle and full of great apps for learning and creating. They also provided a much easier way to email work straight to the class blog, ensuring the children's work was regularly published and shared.  Blogger app

    Parents in the room with ipods and ipads at home asked me for a list of suitable apps for home so I put together this list.  You are welcome to use and share it.

    ipod and ipad apps for parents.pdf


  • Tania (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2012 12:16pm ()

    Thanks for the introduction TessaLaughing  Looking forward to taking part in this discussion forum.  My quick start to this discussion...  This morning I have been working alongside CORE Education BeL Literacy Facilitator - Jill Hammonds.  As Jill has been working with teachers and students I have been trialling popplet as an app to collate my notes.  I loved being able to easily add text and pictures to my mind map AND if I was an artist I could have even drawn my own picturesCool  A real bonus was being able to easily share my popplet my saving as a JPEG, PDF or emailing.


    Last week I worked with a group of students at Whangarei Primary School during their group reading time.  The students were reading about dustmites and wanted to collate the information they had gained in a way that they could share on their class blog.  The students successfully trialled Popplet and have posted their work here.  You will see they used different strategies - as we reflected on the 'why' they thought popplet worked for them as an app they shared a few points.

    • They liked being able to take photos of the journal they were reading as a visual reminder - they also took photos of 'words' they weren't sure of and were able to collaborate with others peers/teachers on the meaning of these words
    • They liked being able to draw their own pictures of dustmites on the iPad - yes they are artistsCool
    • They liked being able to write on the iPad

    Many schools I am working with have a focus on literacy within the BeL programme.  Staffrooms are buzzing with professional discussions and 'wonderings'  around how literacy learning can be enhanced with the support of the iPad/iPod.  I look forward to encouraging teachers to take part in this discussion forum and building a real community of learners when thinking about iPads in Education.

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2012 2:26pm ()

    Here are some posts from our class blog that use an iPad as a tool to enhance literacy or numeracy.

    Petals for maths


    Just using the video camera 


    Show Me app for handwriting


    Puppet Pals for Readers Theatre


    Reading with the Interactive Cinderella Book App


    Just drawing using our new stylus


    We used the Augmented Reality App to help with letter names, order and sound.


    Drawing with Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus app


    Basic Facrts Practice with Find Sums


    And making a QR code treasure trail around the school.



     All of these activities were able to be done with one iPad as we are a 1:120 school.

    One iPad to 120 kids!

    Please feel free to ask questions if you would like more info on what we did.


  • Tania (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2012 5:25pm ()

    If you are just beginning with iPads - you may like to check out our intial thoughts as a teaching team at Whangarei Primary School.  In this post we talk about our students critiquing apps.  Please feel free to adapt the attached app critique sheet....

    WPS App Critiquing Student.pdf

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2012 10:46am ()

    Welcome to week one of the Ipads in Education forum everyone! Thank you Catriona, Tania and Allanah for sharing already.

    Tania, popplet looks a like a simple, versatile tool for collecting data for teachers during lessons. I always enjoy hearing about your experiences in classrooms using ipdas – including developments in early childhood.

    It has been really useful reading Whangarei’s blog post on critiquing apps - in terms of ways of being or ‘habits of mind’ and ways of knowing – maths and literacy concepts. The template you have shared Tania, will definitely help anyone thinking about trialing or assessing the value and worth of Ipads in their classrooms.

    Allanah your blog posts provide effective and innovative examples for anyone considering how they might use different apps throughout the curriculum.  The drawing examples seem particularly powerful for younger learners. Does anyone else have examples they’d love to share?

    Thank you so much Catriona for sharing the PDF for parents when considering apps at home. I’m one of those parents, so really appreciate the creative aspect of music and art apps. 

    Family on ipad

    When I visited my local school, they thought it was novel we had an iPad at home. I’m wondering what the trend is for families/whanau in some communities? Has anyone:

    • found out who has access at home? 
    • made deliberate connections about Ipad use between home and school? For example, Homework tasks?
  • Karen Mills (View all users posts) 17 Aug 2012 10:44am ()

    If you are starting out with iPads you may like to read our Cluster Reflection from 2011. There are lots of tips and good ideas from Sarah Taylor and Jo Howard (lead teachers)


  • Tania (View all users posts) 17 Aug 2012 11:04am ()

    Thanks Karen - great to read your cluster reflection - a good resource for me to share with schools I am working with who are currently at the beginning of their iPad journey.  I think for teachers just starting out it is all about finding the right 'app' for the right 'purpose'.  A few teachers at Whangarei Primary School are using Show Me as a tool for recording the students math thinking.  It was really interesting yesterday listening to feedback from the students about why they liked using show me.  Lots of positive thinking about how they enjoyed math more where they could blend it with the iPad and how they liked listening to how other people solved the problems and being able to give each other feedback on their thinking.  The students are also keen to try this app out for their spelling words...  watch this spaceCool

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Aug 2012 8:43pm ()

    Just thought I'd throw a spanner in the works...someone has asked me tonight...if this same conversation (minus being app specific) can apply to another tablet device? What do you think?

  • Tara Fagan (View all users posts) 21 Aug 2012 10:02pm ()

    If you had asked me that question a year and a bit ago, I would have said no, simply because the other tablets on the market didn't match the iPad. However, with the tablets that are available now, I surely think so (they just may not be judged to be as cool).  

    I have just completed trialing a tablet for two weeks.  While my preference is for the iPad, the tablet was good to use with good graphics.  Most of the apps that I use on the iPad were available to use, although there were some subtle differences in how these apps worked.  I have been following the reviews of the Nexus 7, which is also looking promising as a tool to support teaching and learning.  I am keen to get my hands on one to see how they compare as well (anyone out there with one to spare Wink).  

    Good question Tessa.  I wonder if it is time to change our language from iPads to tablets?

  • Craig Robinson (View all users posts) 21 Aug 2012 10:11pm ()

    Finally some sense in this thread!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 22 Aug 2012 11:19am ()

    Kia ora Craig, I'd love to hear more? Is your school trialing a tablet device at the moment? Any stories to share?

  • Tara Fagan (View all users posts) 28 Aug 2012 1:57pm ()

    Came across this blog post 'This is what happens when you deploy android tablets in a classroom', which summarises the report of a grade 5 class that used tablets over one year. Interesting reading and adds to our discussion.

  • Tara Fagan (View all users posts) 21 Aug 2012 9:32pm ()

    Hi everyone

    Great start to the discussion and some really good resources shared so far.  Thanks everyone Smile

    LIke Allanah, Tania, Tessa & Catronia I have seen iPads used well to support teaching and learning.  iPads are intuitive to use and are being used in increasing ways to create, connect and collaborate.  

    iPads are increasingly being used as a tool to support children with their learning needs.  Recently I have had the opportunity to work with children who have dyslexia.  For this group, it is early days in using their iPads to support their learning but already their tutors are noticing a difference in the detail of the notes that the children are taking in class (using Pages or Notes), being able to sketch ideas and those that have the iPad2 are taking photos of the whiteboards with notes on.  One child reported to me that "The iPad is easier.  I can type and not have to worry about writing ..... I don't have to worry about the shape of the letters, I can just press the key and the iPad helps me get the spelling right"  Wow!  

    It is only three weeks since these students started taking their iPads to school.  As this group of children, their teachers and SPELD tutors grow in confidence with the techology, I am sure they will increase the ways the iPad is used including using the voice options.  It will be exciting to see their progress by the end of the term.

  • Tara Fagan (View all users posts) 23 Aug 2012 11:03pm ()

    Today I attended an iPad integration session with Normandale School.  The school, which is part of an ICT PD cluster, hosted an iPad afternoon due to the many requests they have had around their work. 

    There was a lot to take in around the teaching and learning at the school, but what I was most impressed by was the student led nature of event.  This student led involvement started from the moment I parked my car.  Two students greeted me and telling me how pleased they were that I wanted to know more about their learning at the school.  

    During my tour, I heard from two students, about how laptops, iPads and QR codes were 'getting more kids interested in the library and reading more books' (I still have the Tolkien site on my phone).  Joshua showed me how fotobabble is used to support his maths learning and how his parents can access it at home and as he said, 'just in case he forgets to tell them'.  Students also showed me how Epic Citadel is helping them with their writing.  Others showed me how their maths is extended.  All of this demonstrated by the children.  Students also interviewed me, on camera (of which I am not a fan) just so they can evaluate how worthwhile the event is for their community.  Well done.

    The second session involved the leadership team talking about how the iPads were integrated into their school. Strong infrastructure and wireless were essential as was allowing time for teachers and students to explore the potential of the iPad as was cybersafety.

    What I like most was that the iPad was only one of many tools that the students used.  Throughout the tour, students and teachers talked about choosing the right right tool for the right job.  Blended eLearning in action.

    The beginnings of a Wellington iPad network has sprung from this event so our conversations will continue. Thanks Normandale School for hosting this and for showing us the possibilities of iPads from junior through to senior school.  The beginnings of this network and discussion is on twitter #ipadswhatnext

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