At Collegiate School, we have entered year two of our iPad Project. In year one, we asked these two questions:
- “How can we use the iPad in a class with one teacher?”
- “How can we see using the iPad in a class where all the students are equipped with iPads?” (from Essential Questions for iPad UserGroup)
The first question changed a great deal on the release of IOS 4.3 that enabled us to mirror the iPad with a VGA connection. Many faculty used the iPad as a projection device in the Spring and are continuing to do so this Fall.
As our faculty UserGroup tested their iPads and explored different apps last year, they found numerous ways to use the iPad with students. Melanie Hutchinson, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator explored many of these ideas with Lower School students in these two posts:
In the Spring, after numerous UserGroup meetings and lots of interesting conversations with faculty, we decided to enter year two of the project by deploying two shared sets of shared iPads in Lower School and Middle School. In the Upper School we decided to test the iPads in a 1 to 1 roll out with two classes (one in the Fall and one in the Spring), much like Reed College did with its iPad Study. As you can see from the previous post on this blog, we deployed 15 iPads for Art and Religion this fall. We’re running an action research project around the students in Art and Religion and will post results from that in the Spring.
In the Lower School, our faculty will continue to use the iPads with interactive apps to support skill development, the creation of comics and illustrations, writing and anything else the faculty can dream of — including creating videos or composing music in Garage Band.
In Middle School this Fall, the main use of the iPads has been with in class research. We’re deploying Google Apps in the Middle School and will be testing that along with numerous other apps on the iPads.
In addition to these school sponsored iPad projects, we’re continuing our 8th grade UserGroup and adding the 7th grade to that mix. Once students earn their iPad drivers license they will be able to bring their personal iPads or Tablet Devices to school. This training will review acceptable use as well as train them on Google Docs, Evernote or Noteshelf and GoodReader.
Our question for this year is, “How does the iPad change the way teachers teach and students learn at Collegiate?” We’ll be exploring this big question over the year.
How does the iPad change the way teachers teach and students learn at your school?