Article for Schools: Thinking About iPad One-to-One Programs

The Journal has just published an article, Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer  (and republished at the 21st Century Fluency Project).

The article, by Mitchell A. Salerno and Michael Vonhof, is a primer for schools that are considering adopting iPads in a one-to-one setting. Both authors have set up and run successful iPad programs.

Educational technology staff who are considering iPad programs will learn a lot by reading information about the following categories, though other area are also covered.

  • Leadership
  • Cost
  • Network function
  • Security
  • Inventory Management
  • Philosophical framework
  • Implementation schedules
  • Pedagogy

iPad 2 Mirroring Pic

Kathy Schrock just posted this picture of mirroring capabilities of the iPad 2.

Update on iPad Evaluation Process

iPad Evaluation Process Phase I Drawing to a Close

We are reaching the end of the individual faculty member iPad evaluation process. If you have not checked out an iPad for a two-week period, you are still welcome to do so, but we are rapidly moving into the phase II classroom/curricular evaluation process.

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IPad Apps for Lower School

In the February 6, 2011 of KidsPost, ten kid-friendly iPad apps were reviewed. That article inspired me to review for you the apps for lower school teachers. Check-out an iPad and let me know what you think.

Sight Words – Pre First – Third

The levels are Pre-Primer to Third Grade along with a section on nouns. Students can select to either read or spell the words. If they read the word, they can touch the check mark to hear the word for self-checking. To spell the word, the child hears  the word and then uses a colorful keypad to spell the word.  They can go back and hear the word if not sure. As they spell the word, they hear they letter that was typed.  If the word is spelled correctly the word does a little dance.

Rock Math-All Grades

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no doubt a cool toy!

Playing around with this dandy gizmo has been a hoot! It is a powerful and fun tool. Whether it can revolutionize teaching and learning is still an open question in my mind…one I look forward to answering with my colleagues.

I attempted to post this from the WordPress app, which after some tinkering still seems to be buggy, so I caved and came over to the website. Still, classes can and do use blogging in all sorts of creative ways, and I have every confidence that doing so in class via the iPad would be much less cumbersome than firing up seventeen laptops! Like Dave, I like the “instant on.”

In terms of drawbacks, the iPad’s inability to run more than one program at a time seems to be its greatest weakness. Toggling back and forth between apps/software seems more ungainly than it need be.

More later and Happy New Year, all! 🙂

How I spent my two weeks with an iPad

Tomorrow we’re back to school, and I’ll have to return the iPad I borrowed over the break. It has been a fun two weeks and I’ll be sorry to give up the little monster, but not too sorry. I was determined not to spend any money on apps, books, or anything (since the iPad is going to be wiped clean upon return) so that limited what I could, but not a lot. I downloaded over 30 apps, mostly entertainment – games, newspapers, TV and movie sites, TED, and some free educational apps. I also got to play with the portfolio cases and covers that we’ll be putting on all the iPads after they return, and to check out an apple wireless keyboard (which I”m typing on now, and really like.)

Some early impressions: it is great having an iPad lying around for instant access to the internet and e-mail. I loved not having to boot up a computer, or wait for a computer, to look something up quickly – so when Allegra got pepper burns on New Years Eve from some habeneros, WebMD.com was there to help. When I wanted to look up a movie showtime, check an airline flight, see if Jeremy was right about genetics of domesticated animals or whatever, it was quick, easy, and convenient to grab the iPad. I can see this impacting classrooms in subtle ways, and certainly impacting lives of people who are used to always having an iPad-type device at their fingertips. The ability to download an app quickly is also compelling – even though over the break I read about several lawsuits involving apps that track users personal information, location, and browsing and send them along to businesses (It’s not as “free” as it seems.)

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E-Books, Movies, and Concerts

The iPad is happy on our wireless network, and it also worked at my local Starbucks.

I have downloaded the Odyssey (2 versions). One version is to read and the other is to listen to.  The reading version — very poetic — is so cool when combined with the ability to highlight words — I can find any favorite passage in a second. The version that I am listening to — the Fagles translation — is a test to see how long I can listen before I need to recharge. Very nice to have nearby as I am working around the house. Searching for passages has to have collaborative/small group value in a classroom. Oh and so many free books are available — some really ancient.  If you have a Kindle, download the iPad Kindle app for all sorts of surprises.

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