Rethinking iPads

Learning with iPads

image courtesy of Michael Coghlan

 

We aren’t using iPads correctly in our school. This week’s course at Wyndham Academy (@wyndham_academy) has opened my eyes to what we could be doing to integrate their use.

What We’ve Done Well

– researched and bought apps for whole school use

– had staff training from an Apple ADE

– employed Digital Leaders as experts

– continued staff training with DLs

What We Can Do Next (thanks to Wyndham)

– invite parents in to share iPad journey and how to use different apps

– create a ‘must-have’ list of apps for teachers to familiarise themselves with

– regular discussion in staff meeting time about how apps have been used

The Future

I’ve read plenty of blogs and tweets that have warned against the pitfalls of buying iPads without a plan. Whilst we weren’t without a plan, we could perhaps have been more focused. In our defence, we bought the iPads just after Easter, had them set up after A LOT of faffing from our former technician (5 weeks later) then had to reset them all recently so they could be reconfigured correctly. Really, it is only now that we are ready to go.

Seeing Wyndham’s use of iPads was refreshing – the headteacher took us on an impromptu walk around, where we saw lots of classes using them in different ways – but the most pleasing thing was that they weren’t showing off. It wasn’t ‘look at how brilliant we are’, more ‘we have tried this, what do you think?’

Digital Leaders – it was lovely to see how Digital Leaders are integral to Wyndham, just as they are becoming with us. Fortunately I was able to talk to Verity and Ben before I left and we are hopefully going to get our Digital Leaders working together in the near future.

– Workshops – I’ve read somewhere about Genius Bars set up in schools, aimed at staff. I’m hoping we can implement something similar with our DLs for teachers and TAs.

My headteacher and I have also started hatching a plan on a grander scale for the summer…watch this space.

Let the iPad journey begin!

Again.

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2 thoughts on “Rethinking iPads

  1. swaygrantham November 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm Reply

    I will be interested to see how this goes. I am overly cautious about the iPads implementation in our school and ours are set to be released to the other teachers after Christmas. Management of the content on them is my latest issue, after 7 weeks we have a lot of files on them and no central management system.

    • Stephen November 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Managing created content hasn’t been easy. We have used Showbie to good effect for managing content. Easy to set up, children have own log-ins and then teacher can access from laptop to print or keep.

      It has been a steep learning curve and I’m still somewhere near the bottom.

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