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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Programme

Girl with iPad

A middle school spent one term rolling out iPads.

In this article Jac de Haan describes their week by week approach, and reflects on the successes and challenges involved.

Week 1-2: No computers, just questions such as “Is technology good or bad?”

Week 2: Each child and their guardian/parent had to attend a session outlining the programme and their responsibilities.

Week 3: The basics of operation of the iPads is covered in class.

Week 4-5: IPad handed out for individual class use. Classes geared to iPad use.

Week 6-7: Students get to keep their iPad and take it with them from class to class. More advanced concepts of using the iPads is covered and projects continue to reinforce basic concepts.

Week 8: Students responsible for iPad all day, store them securely, take home at night and show up next day with the iPad fully charged.

Week 9: Students allowed to use their iPad as and when they think fit.

Full Text: How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia.

25 Ways To Integrate Social Media Into Class

How To Use Social Media In Class

Some teachers embrace technology and social media. Others lurk. Many ignore. So what does the average teacher do if they’re somewhere in the middle? Why, use the handy infographic from Online Colleges of course!

Below you’ll see a guide to who is using social media (pretty much everyone is aware of it) to which actual social networks they prefer.

Surprising Info

  • Most teachers don’t use Twitter. They opt for Facebook and YouTube by a large amount
  • LinkedIn is preferred over both wikis and Twitter
  • Just about every social network can play a pivotal role in education, so it’s time to start learning about all of them!

Full Text: 25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education | Edudemic.

Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom


How can you shift your classroom away from lecture and toward inquiry? You can get help from the modern phenomenon known as crowdsourcing—the practice of putting many minds to work on a single problem. Inquiry is, in effect, crowdsourcing in your classroom.

What Crowdsourcing Concepts Can Help Me?

The following four concepts from crowdsourcing can help you use more inquiry in your classroom.

Full Text: Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom | Thoughtful Learning.

The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom


Although the idea of permitting students to text in class may appear problematic at first, with the appropriate supports, teachers can take advantage of the technology and, in turn, create more meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Here are a few examples as to how teachers can utilize text message technology in their classrooms and increase student engagement and content mastery

Full Text: The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom | Edudemic.

Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board

Apple TV

An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards.

Guest writer [on EmergingEdTech] and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school.

With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. With the iPad, the Apple TV can offer a flexible, complete, and cost efficient alternative to the traditional interactive boards populating our classrooms.

Full Text: Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board | Emerging Education Technology.

100 Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom


Facebook is so much more than vapid status updates. You can find resources for research, connect with local (and international) public figures, and find out what’s new and interesting in museums.

[Here is a list fo 100 ideas to get you going if you are stumped about how to use Facebook in the classroom]

Full Text: 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated] | Online College Tips – Online Colleges.

iPods in classroom inspiring young minds

Students show off the iPods they use as part of classroom learning at Timaru South School.
Students show off the iPods they use as part of classroom learning at Timaru South School.

Timaru South School students sit in class each day with a world’s worth of knowledge in the palms of their hands.

The school launched a programme at the beginning of the year to distribute iPod Touch technology to students for classroom use. The iPods are equipped with still cameras, video and audio recording and internet capability, and they run applications that dovetail with several areas of the curriculum, including science, maths and reading.

“It’s touch technology and that’s the technology of now,” principal Mike Hogan said. “It’s interactive and gives immediate feedback. It’s a medium kids respond to hugely.”

The initiative began in August when the school supplied iPods to its teachers with instructions to take them home and test them out for classroom use, Mr Hogan said. But now it’s the students themselves who are driving the programme – and in some cases, doing the teaching.

A group of nine student “techies” take home iPods after school and on weekends to test out new apps. They give feedback to teachers about which apps they liked. They also teach a few students in each classroom how to use new apps, and those students, in turn, teach the rest of the class.

Full Text: iPods in classroom inspiring young minds | Stuff.co.nz.

Mobile Phones Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

Students texting

Cell phones are a terrific tool to support student engagement and achievement in reading and writing.  To follow are some ideas explaining how teachers are doing just that by using cell phones in the way they are most commonly used among youth — for texting and group texting.  We will also look at a newly emerging trend…using cell phones to write novels.


Our students are reading and writing more than ever. In the 21st century, this reading and writing often takes place through the lightening fast thumbs of teens.  Although some parents and teachers complain that text messaging is ruining the language, research is showing that it is, in fact, a benefit to students phonemic awareness, spelling, and use of words (Yarmey, 2011; Plester & Wood, 2008,  Malson & Tarica, 2011; Fresco, 2005; Dunnewind, 2003; Miners, 2009; McCarroll, 2005; Elder, 2009). When we rethink and revision what is happening when our teens and tweens text, all sorts of learning possibilities emerge.

[Great ideas of how to use texting in class, more suitable for secondary and tertiary students]

Full Text: The Innovative Educator: Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement with Reading and Writing.

14 Ways to Use Garageband in the Classroom

Garageband is a great app that I think any student or teacher using an iPad should consider buying. It is a multi-track audio editing app that is as robust as you will ever need (unless of course you teach audio production). Later this week I will be posting a new page full of Garageband resources for teachers, students and learning. For now, you can get your brain juices flowing by reading the list below, watching the embeded ‘how to’ videos,  and then go start playing with Garageband yourself!

Full Text: 14 Ways to Use Garageband in the Classroom « EdApps.ca.

Skype Announces Collaboration to Further Empower Teachers

Skype logo

Helping to educate and inspire the next generation of thinkers, Skype joins forces with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide teachers with educational content and access to expert speakers via video calling. This collaboration marks Skype’s latest initiative to reach its goal of connecting one million classrooms globally through Skype in the classroom, a free online community that helps teachers use Skype to enrich experiences for students.

“Skype in the classroom is excited to collaborate with stellar, like-minded organizations to bring relevant content directly to innovative teachers who are looking to create unforgettable shared learning experiences for their students,” said Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division at Microsoft. “We are dedicated to making education accessible via technology, and will continue to look for ways to remove barriers to communications and connect to classrooms across the globe.”

Skype in the classroom strives to enrich students’ learning experiences to discover new cultures, languages and ideas without leaving the classroom. Skype in the classroom now features each individual organization’s dynamic content, projects and available guest speakers, including:

Penguin Young Readers Group will connect authors, such as Adam Gidwitz, Caroline Lawrence and Nancy Krulik, with students for discussions about books, reading and writing;

The New York Philharmonic offers live interaction with musicians and educators, beginning with an exploration of Billy the Kid -the man and the legend- through the lens of Aaron Copland’s 1939 ballet;

Registered teachers have the opportunity to link directly to the free Skype supported Peace One Day Global Education Resources and to inspire and educate their students about the importance of peace in the modern world. Students can also connect with Peace One Day Founder, Jeremy Gilley and listen to his inspirational story, questioning him on all aspects of his incredible journey to institutionalize Peace Day, 21 September;

Save the Children and the Science Museum, London will have individual projects on Skype in the classroom by the end of the year.

“As a global leader in children’s publishing, we are thoroughly committed to seeding a student’s growing mind and help them fulfill their dreams,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker, “We are honored to collaborate with Skype in the classroom as we understand the monumental impact we can offer teacher’s educational curriculum.”

With more than 28,000 registered teachers and counting, in over 190 countries, Skype in the classroom has enabled hundreds of thousands of students around the world to take part in valuable shared learning experiences. Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom. Through programs such as this and its work with Donors Choose, The Education Foundation and Peace One Day, Skype in the classroom supports Microsoft’s commitment to create opportunities for youth through technology, training, and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential and make a real impact for a better tomorrow.

To join Skype in the classroom and view these exclusive resources, teachers should:

Sign up at education.skype.com using their Skype account details

Create a profile which includes their interests, location and the age groups they teach

Once complete, teachers will have full range to explore the Skype in the classroom organization microsites, utilize vast content from these organizations and engage in conversations with select guest experts.

For more information or to register for Skype in the classroom, please visit http://education.skype.com .