Summer Term 2012
|Evidence Trail - Improving the use of ICT in all areas of the curriculum|
|Staff Training Autumn 2012|
- critical thinkers
- problem solvers
- independent researchers
- responsible citizens
- able to drive their own learning
Next, I felt is was important to share with staff how the iPads and iPods fit into the context of the 21st century classroom;
- technical - minimal time wasted booting up, with fast access to apps and the internet
- mobile - learning can take place anywhere
- learners - appeals to a variety of different learners and learning styles
- any age, anyone - the iPad is easy to use and can improve the progress of learning for everyone
- apps - lots of different apps can be used to support learning
- audience - work can easily be shared to a global audience increasing the incentive to produce a high standard of work
- creativity - combine different apps to show children's learning and understanding
- new way of teaching & learning - using apps such as; iMovie, Evernote, Videoscribe, Explain Everything, Creative Book Builder, Strip Designer etc
- Staff iPads; looking after your iPad. Emails, wireless settings, keeping apps up to date, management of apps, deleting & adding apps.
- How the syncing/charging trolley works and where they would be stored.
- The iPads would be timetabled weekly by signing up on a first come first served basis.
- Briefly demonstrated, using Apple TV, how the Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 iPads had been set up, iBooks, folders, apps etc
- I briefly shared some of the ideas on this blog that we had used with Year 6 in the summer term. I also mentioned the valuable contributions to the blog from Mr Williams, Mr Yeomans and Miss Leigh.
- 4 Tech Savvy children from Year 6 have become 'Digital Leaders'. Amongst their many ICT roles they will share ideas on using iPads on a 'Digital Leaders Blog' and offer advice and support on iPads/iPods around the school.
- Mr Yeomans, gave a demonstration on using Apple TV and the iPad. He shared ideas he had worked with his class; these included no need for a visualizer, instant assessment for plenaries and supporting focused groups. You can read more of his thoughts here: iPad Unlocks the Shackles of the Interactive Whiteboard http://mrandrewsonline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/ipad-unlocks-shackles-of-interactive.html
Post staff training both the iPad timetables in each Key Stage have been regularly signed up with class users. I helped Year 3 set up a QR code reader app on the iPads. The codes in the classroom linked to pictures for discussion and work. Teachers had imported their assessment into numbers, Year 5 had used the iPad for Art, iMovie, Strip Designer and Videoscribe HD. These were just a few examples that I happened to find out about, they're were clearly many other I knew nothing about. Add to this the head teacher's vision and support of use of iPads, then I think we are giving the children at our school the support and skills they need to be successful as learners in the 21st century.
What are the priorities?
To finish the session I very briefly showed a sample of the ways I was planning on using the device to aid my teaching (dare I say my quest to go paper free!) and the learners;
- How I was using the Numbers to do my assessments
- How I was using Evernote and iThought HD to organise my planning.
- How Evernote could be used to keep portfolios of children's work.
- Using some of the creativity apps such as Creative Book Builder, iMovie, Strip Designer etc.
- How QR codes be used in the classroom.
- Aurasma, an Augmented Reality app.
- Using assessment apps, such as Nearpod, Socrative etc
Where next for teachers?
I plan to continue working closely with Mr Yeomans (KS1 Phase Leader) Mr Williams with whom I work with in Year 6 and Mr Rhodes (head teacher) to discuss the use of iPads & iPods and use the survey results to focus on areas of staff training that teachers feel they need most. An Evidence Trail will focus our thoughts on maximising the impact of this technology throughout the school in addition to the a focus priority for this school year.