#cistechconx: Please complete this survey.

After spending a day with @E_Sheninger last Friday,  I vow to blog more.

After spending a day work shopping with colleagues about digital leadership, #digilead, we decided that in our fifth year of one to one learning with iPads, CIS is ready to host and share our best practices and ideas.

We would like to host a one or two day workshop at Canadian International School Bangalore in early 2016.  To help us gauge interest and to help us plan, we ask that you complete the following survey.

Why should you attend this workshop?
Teachers have been guiding learning with iPads for 5 years in our secondary school.
Secondary students have been aided by 1:1 iPad learning for 4 years.
Elementary teachers have been using iPads for 4 years and have had iPads available on a sign out basis too.
Our Elementary tech suite opened in August 2015 with iPads and tinker equipment.
This workshop is for teachers and all sessions will be lead by teachers.
All secondary courses are planned and taught using iTunesU- the free platform that provides a clear, simple to use i interface for pedagogical planning.

Please come learn with us at CIS.  Please share this survey with other schools in India.

Side note:
Being happy is the key to becoming more successful!  I recommend reading this blog post.

High School Students give their feedback on their second year of learning in a 1:1 iPad Environment

Approximately half of  CIS’s IGCSE and IB Diploma students completed the iPad survey this year.

Opinions vary widely amongst this group.  Parental interaction with this group and their iPad is definitely low.

Most students happily use the iPads daily, but some “wish” to BYOlaptop instead.   This is a wish which will not be possible to grant as we are more than likely moving to iTunesU next year.  Many have already started to created their iTunesU courses.  In August, CIS will have a few more public iTunesU courses for all to access and use.  At present, we are the first school in India to be publically providing iTunesU courses.  That number is sure to grow, as India got approved for iTunesU only in February 2014.

Most of these students are using iPad2 16GB models with wifi, as that was the recommended purchase when we began the program for students in August 2012.  They have been learning with iPads for 1.5 years.

Do you have data from your school and its use of technology?  Are you experiencing reluctance from IB students to see the value in an iPad?  I would love to hear from you…

Thanks to Survey Monkey for making this data easily to present.

Middle School Students provide feedback on learning in an 1:1 iPad environment

With almost 100 students, students in CIS’s middle school have been learning with iPads for 1 year only. Their iPad journey began in August 2013, with all students and a parent/guardian attending a compulsory iPad BootCamp.

Here is what they have to say after approximately 6 months of using the iPads in their classrooms.

iPads are CIS are student-owned. Each student and their family signs an iPad user agreement. 

How do they results compare to your school or your learning environment?

How is your school collecting data on iPad pilots and implementations?

Would love to hear from you…

iPad Survey Results- 20% of Parents Responded after 2 years of 1:1 iPads at CIS

Parents were emailed.

Parents were invited to provide feedback at our Student Led Conferences.

20% of parents provided feedback on this year’s iPad experience with their child in their home.

Most are happy.  Most.

Thanks, Survey Monkey for making the analysis portion of this so easy.

CIS has lots of information to guide us and to help us in our planning of year 3 with iPads- 2014-2015!  The journey definitely continues. We evolve.

Teaching with iPads- our 3rd year

As we began, our 3rd year of 1:1 Learning with iPads at CIS, Shwa and I, with complete support of the administration structure, created this document as a guideline for documenting iPad use, as a reflection tool, and as a Rubric for refining the way iPads are being used in our secondary school.

Three Steps are outlined.
Add iPad integration to all Course Outlines.
Collaborating and presenting SAMR as a department.
Create a SAMR video reflection of teaching with iPads in your classroom.

All steps will be completed by the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the amazing videos that CIS teachers create. How do you monitor, reflect, and assess 1:1 effectiveness at your school?

SAMR Video- Reflections of a 1:1 iPad Chemistry Classroom

Melanie Kells: SAMR in the Chemistry Classroom at CIS from Melanie Kells on Vimeo.

This is a very accurate reflection on how the iPad is used in Grade 9 IGCSE Chemistry at Canadian International School Bangalore.
This video was created using an iPad and an iPhone. It was edited in iMovie. The Garageband jingle was created by my son, Spenser Kells.

Our iPad feedback survey results- some surprises, some confirmations, some wild ideas!

CIS’s iPad Feedback Survey Results- 6 months in

So please provide feedback.  Did any of these results surprise you?  Will this feedback cause you to rethink your iPad initiative.  Let me know.CIS’s iPad Feedback Survey Results- 6 months in

Our students have had their iPads for 6 months! How are we doing?

CISB has been a 1:1 learning environment for the past 6 months.  250 students and 45 teachers have changed their classrooms.  Parents have had their students active and online at home and 24/7.

Collecting feedback is an important part of the process.  We will use parent and student suggestions to help us format our orientation process for the next school year and to identify any strength, weaknesses, or mis-conceptions.

What do you think about these questions?  What question did we forget to ask?

This survey was completed on Survey Monkey. Check it out here.

VPN- Virtual Private Networks- Should secondary students be using them?

CIS raises money with a fun rum and a great talent show.

CIS raises money with a fun run with Nithin Tolani- Cancer Survivor.

I was truly surprised, when I googled this issue and found nothing.  No posts on explaining VPNs to students or to parents.  No posts on why it might not be recommended. Okay, I had better start at the beginning.

Students at CIS are downloading a VPN and then by passing our school’s websense filter.  This is not strictly against the iPad agreement, but is it Responsble Use.  The answer is No!

A VPN is allowing them to access apps and sites that our school’s firewall is blocking.

So what is a VPN?


This answer from The Essential Guide to VPNs

Updated: April 30, 2009

VPNs (virtual private networks) aim to provide secure communications within distributed enterprises, among business partners, and between mobile workers and corporate IT resources.

VPNs make use of the public Internet, and for that reason, advocates view the technology as more cost-effective than dial-up networking — with its attendant phone-line costs — and dedicated WANs. To secure the VPN, an organization generally installs some form of gateway, a network device that manages a VPN’s connections. A gateway may consist of VPN software installed on a server or a specialized VPN appliance.

VPN Express– the App available on the App Store says this

VPN is a 128-bit encrypted tunnel between your device (computer, iPhone/iTouch/iPad) and one of our servers.

If you want a total Internet traffic anonymizing experience, a VPN account is the best way to go – there’s no IP numbers to configure into the webapps, and no software to install – just set up the VPN and it’s done! Other features include, but are not limited to:
-Bypass websites that are blocked in some countries/geographical regions.
-Bypass Skype and other VOIP blocked in your area or by your ISP.
-Grant access to restricted sites at work or at school even behind firewalls.
-Assigns your computer a new IP address, hides your real IP to anonymize all web applications.
-Security & anonymity with a secure encrypted connection between your computer and the Internet.
-Protect your wireless (Wi-Fi) connection at home or at public Hotspots.
-Virtual Firewall – Attacks are often directed at a known IP address.
-International Internet Users – ISPs or some countries would like to prevent users from enjoying the Internet, with a USA IP there are no controls!
-Unlike a proxy, you get secured connection for all programs you are using, (e.g ICQ, Email, FTP, News and anything that uses a Internet Connection)

Okay so, are VPNs illegal?  No, they are sometimes used for illegal activities.  Are VPNs allowed at your school?  Do I think CIS should allow VPN apps to run on their iPads during the classtime?  No! Please let me know.

Do I have a VPN? Yes, and I use it for Netflix.  Am I a hypocrite?  Probably…

What do you think?  How would you present VPNs to an audience of your parents?

Finally the largest number of articles on VPN were describing how to get around your school firewall and how to gain access to something that was restricted.  Some VPNs are free apps.   Please share your thought on VPNs, schools, and students.