Tag Archives: K-12

Naace: The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study

Girl using an iPad
Author: Jan Webb
In the first two terms of implementing an iPad programme, Longfield Academy in Kent have noticed a great impact on teaching and learning. Research carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine consulting will be published here next week.
It’s really exciting to be able to announce our research into the use of iPads. After a successful implementation at Longfield Academy in Kent and two terms of embedded use, the research shows some incredibly positive impacts on teaching and learning. The report on the research, carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine Consulting is available below. It outlines the conclusions of one of the most extensive studies so far undertaken into the use of tablets for learning. As one teacher put it, “The iPads have revolutionised teaching”, with appropriate use of iPads helping to enhance learning across the curriculum and encouraging collaborative learning. Whilst it’s early days for evaluating the impact on achievement, there are significant gains in quality and standard of pupil work and progress and potential for extending use even further. As more schools across the country consider adopting the use of tablets in classrooms, the messages from this research will be incredibly helpful for those who are deciding on their next steps.
Download the report: Naace: The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study.

What Teachers Need to Know about "Bring Your Own Device" Trend in Education

BYOD

BYOD is the catch phrase in the 2012 educational technology spheres. This acronym stands for ” Bring Your Own Device “, I am pretty sure you might have heard of this new trend because wherever you turn you hear people talking about embracing it. I actually have been reading a lot about it to the point that I deem it important that I share with you some of what I understood from BYOD .
Bring Your Own Device or BYOT ( Bring Your Own Technology ) has started in the business world with corporations encouraging their employees to bring their own technology devices such as  laptops to use in the work place. This was a strategy to cut down on technology costs and spendings because of the financial crisis the world has witnessed in the recent couple of years. The strategy worked quite well and without even knowing it, it moved to education and so many school districts are embracing it.
BYOD in education refers to students bringing their own technology devices  (smartphones, tablets, and laptops.) to  school for educational uses. This was initially started by college students, but it soon spread to K-12 education. Schools that used to depend on government funds to provide technology that students would need for the school day , are now turning that responsibility to the parents by asking them to purchase the technology devices needed for schools, which, fortunately enough, most  students actually own. This would cut down on schools’ huge yearly technology expenditure. But the pertinent question here is : does this BYOD work ? Does it improve students learning ?
Full text: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: What Teachers Need to Know about BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device ) Trend in Education.

Seven iPad alternatives for schools

Girl using iPAd

With their interactive touch screens, easy portability, and quick boot-up time, tablets are increasingly becoming schools’ classroom computers of choice. And while many schools have invested in Apple’s revolutionary iPad, which started the whole tablet computing craze, a number of other suitable options have emerged to give school leaders more choices.
Last month, for instance, both Microsoft and Google unveiled new tablet computers. Microsoft is positioning its 10.6-inch tablet, which attaches to a removable rubberized keyboard and runs on its latest operating system, Windows 8, as better than the iPad in terms of productivity. At $199, Google’s new 7-inch device, the Nexus 7, is more of a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire than the $499, 9.7-inch iPad—but it will have a front-facing camera and will run on the latest version of Google’s Android OS.
With so many options at varying price points and with different educational capabilities, choosing the right tablet can be overwhelming. Besides the new Microsoft and Google devices, here are seven other iPad alternatives to consider—three of which were designed specifically for schools.
Full Text: Seven iPad alternatives for schools | eSchool News.

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class

Girl using an iPad

For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some clear lessons have emerged. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition.
Full Text: 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | MindShift.

6 Obstacles to Using Technology in Schools

NMC Horizon Report

Though educators are finding smart ways to integrate technology and learning, the road has been and continues to be challenging on multiple fronts. The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking, and the International Society for Technology in Education, takes the birds-eye view and encapsulates some of the significant challenges that must still be addressed and offers the following assessment.
Behind the challenges listed here is also a pervasive sense that local and organizational constraints are likely the most important factors in any decision to adopt — or not to adopt — a given technology. Even K-12 institutions that are eager to adopt new technologies may be constrained by school policies, the lack of necessary human resources, and the financial wherewithal to realize their ideas. Still others are located within buildings that simply were not designed to provide the radio frequency transparency that wireless technologies require, and thus find themselves shut out of many potential technology options. While acknowledging that local barriers to technology adoptions are many and significant, the advisory board focused its discussions on challenges that are common to the K-12 community as a whole. The highest ranked challenges they identified are listed here, in the order in which the advisory board ranked them.

  1. Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession, especially teaching.
  2. K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.
  3. The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
  4. Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies.
  5. Learning that incorporates real life experiences is not occurring enough and is undervalued when it does take place.
  6. Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of traditional learning metrics.

The report can be read in full by registering here, and can be accessed on mobile devices here.
Full Text: Six Lingering Obstacles to Using Technology in Schools | MindShift.

School concludes that devices enhanced learning

Gazette.Net: Rockville private school gives the iPad a classroom trial

Before this year, Joie Chen would have never found her son huddled in a corner, reading a book.
Now, it happens all the time. Evan Goldberg, 12, will be so entranced by a story on his iPad, he will bump into the walls of their Bethesda home as he walks and reads, his mother said.
While some parents were concerned when Green Acres School in Rockville gave each of its fifth- and sixth-grade students an iPad this year, most now say that it has excited their children’s interest in school and enhanced their learning.
Full Text: Gazette.Net: Rockville private school gives the iPad a classroom trial.

Schools need to engage the Xbox generation

Schools need to offer a better digital education to pupils used to technology

The digital revolution risks bypassing UK education if schools don’t step up to the technological plate. But without more financial support, experts worry they could have little choice but to offer an analogue education in a digital world. Schools need to offer a better digital education to pupils used to technology
Teaching and learning in the 21st century needs to be ‘turbo-charged’ by educational technology rather than using technologies designed for other purposes, according to a new report developed by the Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme (TEL) – a five-year research programme funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The report, ‘System Upgrade: Realising the vision for UK Education’ is the work of academics, industry and practitioners from across the UK and warns that to prosper in the 21st century, people need to be confident digital collaborators and communicators, discerning users of the internet, and equipped with computational thinking skills such as understanding how to use and write the computer programs that underpin emails, searches and maps.
Full Text: ‘Schools need to engage the Xbox generation’ – News – Education Executive.

Apps: The Latest Stand Against School Bullies

Boy crouched on ground

In a mobile phone video filmed at a Houston high school this April, dozens of students gather in a stairwell to watch a fight. They stand by as a girl, armed with a sock that has a combination lock in the toe, viciously beats another girl to the point that she will later have multiple staples inserted into her head at the emergency room.
Tim Porter is developing an app that he believes can stop violence like this on school grounds.
“If they would have had the app, someone would have alerted student administrators,” he says, noting that someone watching the fight already had their phone in hand to take video. “It’s just the way that kids communicate now. They all use apps.”
Porter’s app, Stop Bullies, allows students to anonymously report bullying by submitting messages, photos or videos to school administrators, who are alerted in real time. Each message includes a GPS tag that could, at least theoretically, help adults intervene. Customized versions of the app will go live for the first time in two schools this August.
Full Text: Apps: The Latest Stand Against School Bullies.

NSW high school students will receive unique IP addresses

Up to 14,000 NSW high school students will receive unique IP addresses as part of the official launch of Internet Protocol version 6 tomorrow.

As part of the address switch-on, each student at the eligible schools will receive a permanent and unique IPv6 address attached to the credentials they use to log on to school networks.

Karp said the unique addresses could be used to track student activity at a network level, preventing instances of cyber bulling or other misuse of school networks.

“No one likes to think about those things but every school has to put in place protections. What we actually find is, once you tell the students ‘once you log onto the network we know who you are’, they’re much more cautious from that point onwards. It achieves the effect even if you may never use it,” Karp said.

Full Text: Private schools jump on IPv6 go-live – Telco/ISP – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au.

Should Elementary School Students Be Learning Online?

Elementary Student on Computer
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There is a long standing debate about the benefits of a private versus a public versus a home schooled education. There are advocates that will argue for any of those options and pros and cons to each. With the advance of technology you can begin throwing online education into the mix. Most people understand the benefit of being able to attend college online, and it is not difficult to look at online classes as a good option for students who live in rural areas or do not have access to some of the higher-level classes they are interested in. But do the benefits of online education stop when you look at it for elementary school students?

Moving at Your Own Pace

One advantage of many online programs is that they allow students to move at their own pace. This benefits all the students because they can truly master a subject before moving onto the next concept. Most of the online programs allow you to move at your own pace, which is great because your child can make real progress. However, if the program is like a college course with a set number of lectures and assignments each week, then this benefit will not be part of the program.

Flexibility

Many online programs offer more flexibility than a traditional school. This is a good option if your child is ill, and may not be well enough to go to school or needs to complete her classes around naps or doctor visits. It is also flexible in that it allows you to travel without worrying about missing school Your child can complete the classes as you travel the country or on an extended stay with family. This allows you to live life the way you want to as long as you have an Internet connection handy so you can complete assignments.

Long Term Effects of Computers on Developing Brains

There have been concerns about the long-term effects of children spending too much time on the computer or other electronic devices. In an article at BBC News Professor Greenfield from the Royal Institute points out the correlation between the rise in computer use and the rise in prescriptions for ADD. There have not been enough long-term studies to determine if an online education at such a young age will have a negative affect on your child and the way that he processes information as an adult. Brain development may be affected especially if the majority of his learning is done online in early elementary school. However, if you use the online program to supplement activities that you are already doing with your child the effects may not be as bad. Other studies such as The Effective Use of Computers with Young Children by Douglas Clements point out that the quality of the computer program may affect the brain’s development more than just the quantity of time spent online. You should be aware of what your child is doing and make sure that the online time is quality learning time.

Will It Be a Good Fit?

Ultimately you need to decide if sitting down at a computer to complete the majority of the classwork will be a good fit for your child. An active energetic boy might do better with a program that allowed more kinetic learning with movement activities. A spatial learner may also do better with the use of manipulatives in math classes. You may need to adjust the program and supplement the same way you would if your child was attending a public school outside of the home. Many schools are beginning to use educational software for review and to help students catch up on topics they fall behind on. As the education system changes, so do the assessment and teaching tools. Technology will be active part of your children’s lives as they grow older and completing an online learning program may help them become more comfortable with technology.


Dana Vicktor is the senior researcher and writer for duedatecalculator.org.  Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in communications and sociology.  Her current focus for the site involves pregnancy tests and fetal development at 15 weeks pregnant.