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iPads: An Emerging Classroom Technology

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Sherry Graham

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Cobb County Schools Technology Vision Cobb County School District realizes the value of technology in education and believes:
Technology, as an integral part of curriculum, instruction, assessment and learning, prepares students to succeed in a global community. Our students will be equipped with twenty-first century technology skills to demonstrate, apply and communicate their learning. College and career ready graduates must have these skills (Cobb County School District, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2012). What is an iPad? A line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc..
There is a multi-touch screen and virtual keyboard.
Has built-in Wi-Fi, can shoot video, take photos, play music, and perform online functions such as web-browsing and emailing.
Games, reference, GPS navigation, social networking, etc.—can be enabled by downloading and installing apps.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad In order to facilitate higher-order thinking and learning, teachers must find a way to be informed leaders that are prepared to provide 21st Century learners with the stimulation and challenges they need to be successful members of society. How can we ensure equitable access and funding to allow access of iPads to all students and teachers? Quick Facts Tech Support available from CCSD Tech Support and Apple Stores (http://www.apple.com/retail/locator/) Current Reality (SWOT Analysis) at Powder Springs Elementary
•technology is not consistently used to strengthen higher-order-thinking and learning
•instruction often holds an absence of student interaction and the lack of real-life problem-solving activities
•teachers lack skills in structuring curriculum that includes student use of technology By Sherry Graham iPads: An Emerging Classroom Technology Refrences What are we envisioning? Vision By giving individualized student access to iPads and utilizing these devices for interactive learning How can we do this as educators in 2013? Images:
http://rippleeffect.edublogs.org/2010/04/19/teaching-paperless/ Learning is fun and meaningful with iPads! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24R1QJAXL4s&feature=player_embedded Multimedia • Students driving their instruction and progress utilizing technology tools •teachers facilitating and guiding student learning- not taking charge of it Use iPads to engage •motivate inspire differentiate Grants Title One Money School Foundation
Money Start up cost is expensive
at ~$500 /iPad Apps cost money- continuous costs associated with use Technical issues likely will arise, and teachers will not be able to problem solve every issue Teachers obtain grade level carts
Phase into individual iPads for full class access at all times Teacher Professional Development Collaboration Use Devices Student led, project based learning
Constructivist teaching practices
Troubleshooting for basic use Grade-level-specific implementation with guidance and leadership from technology leaders
Teachers communicating specific practices to use with devices Assess and measure student learning and production using iPads
Measure through..
Focus walks
Teacher data Learners are positively affected through the use of iPads in the classroom! Promotes student learning goals Project-Based-Learning Higher-Order Thinking Learner Centered Strategies Age Level: Can be used for students in grades preK-12
Apps and best practices for use vary for grade ranges Cost: Ranges from $329-$929
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad Mini
Apple iPad 2 with Retina Display Equipment needed for implementation: iPad, iTunes, wireless connection, Apps (downloaded from iTunes), headphones Implementation
Using CBAM Plan Benefits iPads Can teach both academic social skills
Interactive nature with Web 2.0 access and use
3rd Grade Example: VoiceThread
Academic skill practice with various apps
1st Grade Example: Splash Math The world is at the user’s fingertips!
Users can utilize to access Word Processing, presentations, interactive textbooks/data, games, internet, educational apps, etc •Occupational, physical, and speech therapists can use for interventions depending on the child's deficits High levels of student engagement with access to thousands of apps for educational use Students with fine motor, gross motor, visual perception, and visual perception deficits can have needs met
http://www.assistivetechworld.net/AssistiveTechWorld/iPads_and_Disabilities.html •21st Century learner needs for constant stimulation are met https://sites.google.com/site/kotters8stepchangemodel/acot-cbam
•Apples for Education- Apple Corporation
•Donor’s Choose
•Federal Grants
•Corporate Grants
•International Society for Technology in Education
•Global School Net Foundation Grant Opportunities http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad



Prensky, M. (2008, March). Turning on the lights. Educational Leadership: Reaching the Reluctant Reader. 65(6). 40-45. Retrieved November 14, 2010, fromhttp://www.wit.edu/td/facultymentor/articles/turningonthelights.pdf

Creighton, T.B. (2003). The Principal as Technology Leader. California: Corwin Press Inc. Resources iPads strengthen student learning iPads help students meet content standards Limited budget for funding IT personnel to fix issues as they arise in a timely manner Limitations The iPad does not play videos created using Flash. Many instructional videos exist that require use of a Flash player Professional development costs to accurately teach teachers how to effectively instruct through the use of 21st Century Technology tools also needs to be considered Teach Collaboratively and Paperless using APPS Apps are often gamified, mobile, and offer project based learning opportunities
Students are engaged collaboratively- they are not being presented with boring information.. they are SEEKING it Are apps the new textbook?
o “Apps can do everything a textbook can, but with the agility to enable sustained personalized instruction.”
Students can learn/teach peers in an interactive manner
•iPads directly positively affect standards based teaching.
Thousands upon thousands of apps are available to educators and students that directly focus on increasing content knowledge in children.
iPads offer learning apps that can pinpoint academic needs, but the form of technology is only as good as the apps drive it
When intently and correctly used, iPads make teaching and learning content standards interactive, engaging, and puts students in charge of their own learning. o Timer + ; Scholastic Reading Timer
Students track their fluency in reading, self-monitoring and working on individual strategies and goals.
http://www.scholastic.com/apps/scholasticreadingtimer/ iMovie
Movie creation tool where students create movies about anything. They can illustrate their writing, tell a story, present the results of research, or create instructional videos reinforcing class content. o Dragon Dictation

Speech to text application. Allows for creative expression of ideas and for when spelling gets in the way of their completing sentence https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8 http://www.apple.com/apps/imovie/ o Pages https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8 Word processing tool for writing standards o Puppet Pals
allows students to create and record their own animated shows https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals-hd/id342076546?mt=8 oRocket Math
Integrates learning math with experimenting with rocket design. Students can practice reciting math facts, counting money, telling time, recognizing fractions, decimals, geometric shapes, and number patterns https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rocket-math/id393989284?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 oSplash Math
Students have opportunities to recall math facts, recognize fractions, identify place value, money, and develop number sense. Children collect points as they complete tasks that will buy cute ocean characters for a virtual aquarium https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1st-grade-math-splash-math/id463469532?mt=8 o Quality article on literacy apps
oFree Apps for the iPad Classroom
http://www.slideshare.net/missburns2/free-ipad-apps-for-the-k5-classroom The ISTE NETS-S Standards: http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-s-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2 Example of how to use iPads to have students meet standard …
1. Creativity and Innovation b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
First Grade Students can use the App “Funny Movie Maker” to create an original narrative story. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/funny-movie-maker-replace/id430623298?mt=8 In a solar system lesson, Students can, “Change the behavior of the planets by modifying their mass, radius, or image. Increase the Sun's mass enough and a planet is sucked in, burned up, never to return. Be master of your own universe by adding new planets and experimenting with changes and possible catastrophes. Zoom in to see the orbit in more detail. Zoom out to see more planets including Jupiter. " https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orbits/id399689888?mt=8 http://learninginhand.com/pbl/ http://learninginhand.com/pbl/ Apps like vimeo allow students to individually and collaboratively work on a task by solving authentic problems and presenting that information in a way that fits their learning style. Watch the following video for an excellent explanation on this topic. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vimeo/id425194759?mt=8 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-diane-darrow While there are apps that benefit students in “remembering” facts, iPads allow students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers
There are opportunities for students to create, explore, and synthesize for information, as outlined through this website:
http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html To effectively implement engaging technology use in the classroom, teachers need to be the support system that allows for student-centered learning to take place.
Teachers should “no longer be the providers of information but instead would be the explainers, the context providers, the meaning makers, and the evaluators of information that kids find on their own” (Prensky, 2008, p. 2).
Students should not be considered a blank slate that teachers just fill with information. Creighton (2003) defines the roles of the students as follows: - Explorer. Students discover new concepts, connections, and skills by interacting with the world, materials, technology, and other people.
- Cognitive Apprentice. Students observe, apply, and refine by using the same processes real-world practitioners use.
- Producers of Knowledge. Students generate authentic tasks and products for themselves and the community that allow students to synthesize their knowledge. (p. 73). Language Domain Creighton, T.B. (2003). The Principal as Technology Leader. California: Corwin Press Inc. Prensky, M. (2008, March). Turning on the lights. Educational Leadership: Reaching the Reluctant Reader. 65(6). 40-45. Retrieved November 14, 2010, from http://www.wit.edu/td/facultymentor/articles/turningonthelights.pdf Focusing on the needs of the students lends itself to a constructivist approach in the classroom, where students “build knowledge structures in their own minds rather than have the knowledge implanted by the teacher” (Creighton, 2003, p. 44).
iPads allow students to utilize various apps to produce and individualize their learning. How does this relate to iPads? For example... BitsBoard app
Education, Games, and Flashcards for Learning Reading, Spelling, etc.
It meets the diverse needs of learners because it provides individualized pictures, words, and sounds to enrich knowledge. It allows students to go at their own pace and practice the skills they need reinforcement on. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitsboard-education-games/id516842210?mt=8
Allows students to collaborate virtually
Students can strengthen interpersonal communication skills The world is at the user's fingertips!
Email, Blogging, Apps, Web 2.0 Tools.. ample opportunities for virtual collaboration There's an APP for that! Research Differentiation/ Diversity iPads naturally allow for differentiation, because students are able to use their unique gifts, talents, and abilities to drive their learning.
Multiple apps give students opportunities to learn and show what they know at an appropriate level
Content, process, and product can vary based on student needs and abilities
Text often has audio support, word-by-word tracking, and visual support
tens of thousands of educational apps apps provide specific interventions for specific needs (the sky is the limit)
Reading A to Z
Multiple level texts to accommodate learners' readiness and ability levels Higher Order Thinking Skills http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html iPads alone cannot just "provide" opportunities for higher order thinking in classrooms. This happens in classrooms where routine effective pedagogy practices are in place. Students can utilize specific apps to extend, create, justify, apply, and synthesize knowledge Teachers need to be creative with how they utilize apps to extend student knowledge
Puts learning and teaching in the hands of the student- hitting high levels of application http://www.techsmith.com/screenchomp.html What I learned After researching iPads, I feel I have what it takes to start up a classroom with a 1:1 ratio of iPads to students.
I realize the collaborative, interactive, engaging nature of them and understand the countless opportunities it provides to individualize student learning.
The benefits outweigh the limitations- but a lot of research and time needs to go into what apps are used with students and how this can be facilitated.
Strong pedagogic skills need be in place for successful implementation.
Large amounts of planning, reflection, collaboration, and research are required to facilitate high quality student learning utilizing iPads.
Fortunately I can transfer many facts learned into my daily teaching practice regarding student centered, project driven teaching and learning. Safe, Healthy, Legal, and Ethical Issues Teachers need to model how to correctly utilize the device for finding pertinent information- sources that are accurate, meaningful, and trustworthy
Teachers need to teach about copyright and transferring knowledge on images, video, and text found on the internet Teachers need to teach about ethical use of the devices and make students aware of the various uncensored, inappropriate content that is available on the web Students need to understand how to interact with the world on the internet- and how to present themselves and interact with Web 2.0 technologies in a safe way that does violate safety or security (they cannot share information with strangers, type in personal information .. etc) Routine practice needs to be discussed with students BEFORE implementing technology iPads allow collaborative content creation. It is very easy to create and share content with others. The touch screen technology allows easy interaction with the device. Socializing and communication enhances student learning. Cost, mobility, and size is a benefit in mobile labs. Carts of iPads outweigh the benefits of carts of laptops Students can communicate ...
with each other while working on devices
with students in other classroom through apps
with students in other schools, states, and countries With iPads..
No longer are are students sitting silently while looking at books that only present information in one way
They are obtaining information in personalized ways, with no cap on learning or communication
They are preparing for the "real world"- seizing "real" learning opportunities http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/07/study-finds-benefits-in-use-of-ipad-as-educational-tool/ Longfield Academy in Kent, England did a study on the effectiveness of iPads in the classroom.

The study report concluded that there was a “significant and very positive impact on learning and teaching which, in time, should be reflected in achievement and attainment, thanks to both pedagogical changes and new ways of learning engendered by the ‘any time anywhere’ access to information and learning tools.” http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/07/study-finds-benefits-in-use-of-ipad-as-educational-tool/ http://www.teachthought.com/learning/5-strategies-for-a-student-centered-visual-curriculum/ http://www.scilearn.com/blog/using-ipads-in-schools.php http://edudemic.com/2012/11/the-early-results-of-an-ipad-classroom-are-in/ For specific specs and more information: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad In the article, “The Early Results of an iPad Classroom are in”, Fred Sitkins reflects on the benefits of tablet devices in a particular school as follows:

"I believe [high levels of student engagement] is a result of students having their own highly engaging and personalized learning device and their own space to learn in. They share better, problem solve better and most importantly learn that there is more than one way to solve a problem." (2012)

Effective learning occurs when students are excited about their learning. Opportunities to ignite this excitement to open doors of the highest quality learning can occur when current devices such as iPads are integrated in classroom lessons. Student learning time is maximized and the learning day can be extended (Sitkins, 2012). http://edudemic.com/2012/11/the-early-results-of-an-ipad-classroom-are-in/
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