Connecting Families- Parent Workshop at CIS

Parents chatting about their biggest distractions.

Parents chatting about their biggest distractions.

On September 30, a group of interested parents joined us at CIS for a “Connecting Families” discussion and Coffee with the counsellor.  We introduced ourselves and then identified our own personal distractions.  Most of us answered with “my phone”.

We used the Common Sense Media’s distractions and multitasking video to  guide our discussion.   We shared what methods we were using at  home  to help our children learn life balance.   We had a variety of strategies which included locking it up, turning wifi up, requiring “outside” time, and we brainstormed more.  The sharing of ideas was helpful to all.

Another thought, are students using thier online time to create , not consume?  We recognized that creating is different than consuming.

At the end a few parents asked some direct questions about homework and texts.  Parents left knowing the CIS does have physical text books and that all students have access to them.  Parents left knowing that they are not the only parents feeling the way they are feeling.  Parents left knowing how to set restrictions on the iPad.

We will host another Connecting Families session soon. The resources used in our discussion sre linked below.

distraction_multitasking_time_management_-_video_use_case

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/connecting-families/distraction-and-multitasking

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#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.