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BNIT: TAFE for the 21st Century

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Kristy Smith

on 29 July 2011

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Your Future - Our Focus That's what we are selling today's students...

but are we really ready for tomorrow's? 2010: Primary and secondary schools in Qld and other states embrace the Digital Education Revolution, encouraging students and teachers to engage in the three C's (Connect, Create, Collaborate). This initiative will ensure that school leavers become digitally literate, critical consumers of technology and Web 2.0 tools, and global in focus. It doesn't take a mathematician to calculate how much time we have before they reach us, and we have even less time to demonstrate that we are ready for them, as students begin to explore future pathways well before they leave school. BNIT: We build skills capability through excellence,
innovation and integrated learning pathways. Can we live up to their expectations? We CAN if we start NOW iPads for
iClassrooms Proposal: 25 iPads for trial across 4-6
classes in language, literacy and numeracy

Timeline: Term 3-4, 2010 teacher training,
for 2011 use across above LLN areas 5 great reasons for trialling
iPads in classrooms The Proposed Trial iCohort Access 10 English and Maths (2 classes of 20 students)

typically 16-24 year olds, disengaged from education and employment
low socio-economic backgrounds
some are not digitally literate or have limited knowledge of ICTs
possible limited access to technology in the home
low success with traditional education
sporadic attendance
learning difficulties, disabilities
physical impairments (such as vision and hearing) and intellectual disabilities (Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Auditory Processing problems etc)
mental health issues are common (Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia etc)
some recovering from substance abuse
usually limited family support
poor role modelling
some experiencing abusive relationships
some trying to complete Yr 10 for Defence Force entry
lacking basic Employability Skills
technology is a key hook or driver for many of these students - they want to know how to use it LLNP (Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program) (2 classes of 20)

new migrants and refugees
low-socio economic circumstances
limited English
some from aural only language traditions (making the simple act of picking up a pen and writing challenging)
lacking basic Employability Skills for even entry-level positions Pre-Access 10 English and Maths
(2 classes of 20 students)

same characteristics as Access 10, but lower level literacy and numeracy skills Why iPad? Gen Y
bridge the digital divide
improve employability skills
improve attendance and retention
improve accessibility
engage these students in education in ways they've never experienced before
improve community engagement help bridge the digital divide that threatens to imprison refugees in low-socio economic circumstances forever
provide opportunities for learning to read, write and speak in English while exposing students to rich multimedia experiences
access to many FREE and low-cost applications which allow learners to learn to 'write' with familiar tools (their fingers)
improve learner's basic employabily skills by exposing them to technology via an intuitive device requiring limited prior knowledge of technology
better address LLNP contractual obligations in terms of integratating technology into language learning (particularly relevant given we now have a major competitor) Informing iPrinciples and iLearning Theory Constructivism: where groups of learners generate understanding through meaning-making tasks and interactions Connectivism: combining relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age. Multimedia/Digital Literacy: improving fluency
with new forms of digital communication Personal Learning Environments: systems that help students take control of and manage their own learning Other iDeas, iPositives and Opportunities possible opportunities for 2011 funding through Flexible Learning Framework, WELL resource funding, TELLS funding
gains through opportunities to publish project findings/case studies in recognised e-learning circles (e.g. The Knowledge Tree e-journal)
improve teacher engagement and desire to have a go at new technologies
possible post-trial introduction to other vocational areas
first in the VET sector in Australia to trial iPad technology
ACE courses (e.g. Learn to use your iPad)
take it to the next level by developing a BNIT app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
take advantage of podcasting opportunities in iTunes U for use with iPads in classrooms and students' own iPod and iPhone devices. BNIT We build skills capability through excellence,
innovation and learning pathways Trialling new methods and technologies People: building resilient, capable, accountable and skilled staff who relate to each other with respect, trust and honesty Resilience: teachers and management ready to embrace change and move with the times Learner-centredness: providing the critical digital literacy tools to operate and be critical consumers of technology in today's and tomorrow's worlds. Sustainability: Accepting our personal and collective
impact on the environment and our future potential
to grow communities Green classrooms: less printing, less text books,
less paper = less landfill Growing communities: harnessing the power of current technologies, Web 2.0. Web 3.0 and social media to attract and build communities Excellence: Contributing to the achievement of first class results by delivering on our commitment to the highest possible standards and embracing opportunities to improve and grow. Today's prep students will reach us long before the end of
our 2008-2028 Strategic Infrastructure Plan and today's
Year 12's will be exploring their options before the end of
our Strategic Plan 2009-2012. 1. Mobility

iPads provide opportunity to work anywhere where there is WiFi (inside and out)

iPads have a battery life of up to 10 hours - more
than enough for one day of teaching so no power
source would be required during class time

students can walk, sit or lay down with an iPad 3. Intuitive design

students do not need prior knowledge of ICTs, directory structures or mouse/keyboard skills to use iPads from Day 1

Being able to use the touch screen will make selecting, zooming, typing, accessing links and writing easy and non-threatening for learners with limited computer and handwriting skills (especially refugees from non-aural language traditions) 5. Marketing

What makes this so attractive as a marketing opportunity is that Apple have done most of the work for us - iPads are already a household name
use of iPads in classrooms is a highly marketable concept (will students choose an RTO who uses iPads or one that doesn't?)
iPads look good, are the latest thing and nobody in VET is yet using them

Why not us?
How good will we look? Why iPad? Teaching and Learning
Maintaining and overriding commitment to quality, innovative, relevant learner-centred training oPeration
iPad Meeting the needs of any student, any
classroom, any time and gaining ourselves
a great reputation for innovation at
the same time. Make it fun and they'll come Get Set for Work Program (1 class of 15 students)

17-19 year olds
similar characteristics to Pre-Access 10 in terms of literacy/numeracy levels
very limited employability skills
delivered off-site in community setting Image: "Eye" www.tshirt-factory.com "iPad" FreeDigitalPhotos.net Image: "There's no right or wrong way to hold it" by Gizmodo
Source: www.flickr.com Will BNIT be a destination of
choice for these digital natives? Image from: digitalnative.blogs.com Image: doceta.eu 2. Cost effective to buy compared to laptops and desktops

Apple's standard education price for a 16GB WiFi iPad is $572

A trial would help to determine whether iPads are robust enough to stand up to the rigours of students and classrooms over the same life spans as laptops 4. Accessibility

trials in others sectors and countries suggest that use of the device can significantly enhance the learning experiences of students with intellectual and physical disabilities

iPad has built-in accessibility options quite unlike other devices not specifically made for people with disabilities
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