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?


Back to School- Integrating iPad PD for Returning Staff and New Staff-All Students will have iPads next week.

First week Reflections

  1. New teachers were quick to get their Apple IDs and all things iPad set-up.  First steps checklist was completed independently and with ease.  No obstacles.
  2. QR Code Scavenger Hunt with new and returning staff saw all running around campus with iPads, taking photos, finding the laminator, and getting to know each other.  Appeared to be a great success.  I wish my QR codes could be named so that I didn’t have to keep scanning them to make sure I had the right clue at the right place.  iPhoto allowed me to name them but once printed… UGH!!
  3. Session 1  Back to the Basics, Edmodo vs. Wikispaces,  Common Guidelines, check out our PD Plan here.
  4. Gifting of Apps and Apple IDs-  This year, our teachers will be using two Apple IDs -one will be school owned and school purchased apps will be here.  The other will be personal and for the teacher.  This will hopefully work better for sharing of apps and for retaining school owned apps, when a teacher moves on.  Day 2 of using this method is today, so more on the success of this later.

Students arrive in one more week.  CIS is almost ready.  We are iPad ready.

Training the Teachers-Week 2 with iPads

Sept.26- 3 hours in groups of 20

Simman from Apple visited CIS to help us learn more about our iPad and how to use them.  We spent 3 hours exploring and learning. This session was repeated again in the afternoon.  The size of 20 was optimal, as everyone got attention, and was able to ask questions as they arose.  We enjoyed the day, and left with more and more things to explore on our iPads.

The highlights:

  1. We are a part of the change– history of Mac and apple products.
  2. Motivation to learn and lead the change videos-iPads really are new in schools
  3. Hands on exploring of general settings-let’s get using our iPads
  4. Email access- Zimbra on our iPads- Always important- get your school email loading onto the iPad.
  5. Explore our Apple Wiki and use of WebDav to share information
  6. Move documents for a wiki to iBooks.
  7. Features of iBooks-define, highlight, add notes….
  8. Learn to store images from the internet and to move them into Pages, Keynote, and iMovie
  9. Apps downloading and redeeming of gifts
  10. Learning to use Pages and a quick introduction to iMovie.

The downfall of the day: By rolling out the iPads on Wednesday and Thursday and then not completing the iPad apps gifting on Friday, some were left without apps on Monday morning, training hinged upon having the Apps up and running.  We also managed to “bog” our internet down on Monday, as we all tried to download the Apps at the same time…..

Most significant learning: LEAVE time to download all apps onto iPads, before training occurs…..

Patience and Time… everyone needs these……. Integrating new tech needs these too.


iPad training 2 at CIS-1 hours on a Friday afternoon.

Shot with iPad on a Sunday afternoon drive

After the iPad rollout on Wednesday and Thursday, we invited Cubic Computing- the vendor that we purchased the iPads from, to provide guidance on iPad use. The hope for this session was to get our 5 apps downloaded and working on the iPads.

Until the afternoon of  the training, we were still hoping for a volume purchase option for our Apps and still had not gained the help needed from our Apple representatives. This didn’t happen.  There is not volume purchasing in India, and you cannot buy apps in one store and gift to another store.  Most of Friday was used to determine all of this.

On Friday afternoon, our session did not go as planned.  It was fun and interesting, but focused on Mac and Apple products, without the hands on learning that teachers were most interested in.  The facilitator was not comfortable with questions and didn’t respond well to the enthusiastic questions of our staff.  As we have all heard  a million times, teachers do not always make the best students.  Each teacher had already generated a lot of questions and was eager to move on in their iPad discovery. We were spirited and enthusiastic.  We scared our workshop leader.

We did get a great introduction into iBooks and its capabilities.  We did get a plan to distribute the apps over the weekend.  We gathered all staff Apple IDs, so that we could gift their purchases to the correct account.  Mailing the gifts to their school email wouldn’t work, as we encouraged everyone to use their private emails for their Apple IDs.  In hindsight, it would have been easier to have all teachers with their school email address as their Apple ID, but then again some staff members already have iTunes accounts and just want to keep on using that.

During the weekend, Prakash and I will get teachers gifted with the 5 Apps.  iTunes gifting doesn’t allow you to gift multiple apps at once, but you can gift the same app to many people at once. Some teachers will purchase their apps using their own credit cards, as all gifts must be purchased and used in the store that they were purchased in.  We have credit cards to gift from the India store and the Canada store, but not to other countries… so they will self-purchase.

Lessons learned:  Keep planning ahead, the rollout was planned meticulously, but this offer of guidance was last minute, and therefore felt last minute.

We learned a lot about creating Apple IDS (without credit cards), and about the purchasing and gifting of Apps.  We wished we had learning this just a bit earlier.

But not to worry, we have smaller group training on Monday with Education Representatives from Apple, so for three hours on Monday in groups of 15-20, we will gain the inspirations and insight to help us bring our iPads into our classrooms…


“Out of the box” Ipad sessions at CISB- do you agree with the way we did it?

Out of the Box  Sept 21-22, 2011

1 hour in small groups

On Sept. 17th, a Googledoc sign-up sheet was sent out for iPad sign-up. 10 teachers signed up for the first available slot of Wednesday, Sept. 21st, and only 3 didn’t sign up at all.   Prakash and Syed, has already registered, barcoded, and added the VGA adaptors and smart covers to each iPad.  Teachers signed up for one 45 minute session anytime Thursday or for Wednesday after school.  The secondary staffroom was a buzz of activity for this 24 hours as many teachers came back for extra session time.  Here is the checklist that we tried to accomplish.  We didn’t get to the last two objectives until the second session.  Most teachers had not arrived with an iTunes account and this took up one complete 45 minutes session on the desktop computers getting their non-credit card iTunes accounts, remembering Apple IDs and passwords, and deciding which address and which apple store to start their account in.  Teacher had been asked to complete this prior to the first session, but many used this first session to do this, and thus attended more sessions later in the day.

iPad2 First Steps: Learning Checklist

After this session I will be able to:

Everyone is gone to Lunch-All is Quiet at CI

  • sign into iTunes on my iPad.
  • download apps from iTunes.
  1. Photoshop Express
  2. iBooks
  3. Virtual Piano
  4. Show me
  • take a photo.
  • take a video.
  • change the wallpaper.
  • add a web-based email to the Mail App.
  • use the voice-over function.
  • set the clock, date, and time.
  • add an iTunesU resource to your iPad.
  • sync and charge your iPad.

The iPads arrive- lots of excitement and wows from staff.  Many thought that the iPad talk, was just talk.  All were very pleased to see them, hold them, and use them.  Most were also nervous and anxious about how to use the iPad.  We did not have time to complete the last two items on this list.  Out of the box at CIS was the first time, many staff have used an Apple product.  The learning curve is steep. We will finish the list on Friday.

Our next training is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Teachers are eager and have alot of questions and energy  for a Friday afternoon at 3 (highly unusual for teachers, who really do like to head home early on Fridays).  They are ready for their apps.  We have 24 more hours to get them volume purchased or gifted to them.  We need to be ready with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and Comiclife for Friday afternoon, as we have an hour on Friday and then a full day of Apple PD on Monday.

Mumbai Apple Professional Development Training (APD, not ADE)- September 2011

APD- Sept 19-20 Mumbai, India

On September 19 and 20, I had the great experience of attending Apple Professional Development Training in Mumbai at the Hyatt Regency with 8 other colleagues from all over India.  We were invited to attend this workshop by Apple.  It was a very hands on and intimate training experience.  At the end of this training, we are Apple Professional Development Consultants (or Facilitators).  This experience was about leadership and about presenting ideas to colleagues in a workshop setting.

Dilnaz Bharucha & Amey Mahajan     Universal School Tardeo.

Steve Jobs while introducing the iPad in San F...

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Vamshi Krishna    Delhi Public School Suret


Lissa Chazot      Mahatma Gandhi International School, Gujarat

Rajesh Marwaha

Kalpana Parikh

And me…   Melanie Kells Canadian International School, Bangalore

A. Narasimman (AKA Simman) from Apple India was on hand to help.  David Baugh was the workshop leader (see more information below).  Manish Goyal and Shaheed Khan were our welcoming hosts and gave us inspiring welcomes.

The training was extensive and exciting. The sharing of ideas and networking in the room was equally helpful and reassuring. We all have the same feelings of excitement and fear as we move down this educational path.

iPad as Writing Device

Image by Oldwoodchuck via Flickr

All attendees are moving forward with iPads in schools and we soon realized that we are all at the early stages of introducing these programmes in our schools.  We learned to present and educate teachers using the iPad and its tools.  We shared app ideas.  We generated app resources to be used at various grade levels and in many subject areas.  We worked independently to present and share ideas.  We also worked collaboratively to pitch a project.  This was most exciting and also most stressful.  We were kept to required timelines and we soon realized how important research and presentation building time is.      All of this was accomplished in a rigorous 2 days.

Most Important Learning at APD: Give our students (in this case, most our students will be our colleagues and our peers) time to use this ideas and resources is the most important thing we can do to help.  Also having the expertise to troubleshoot and help them solve their own problems will be an important aspect of leading APD training in our own schools and perhaps even as consultants around India.
Thanks Apple for this wonderful experience!

More about David Baugh
David Baugh (twitter dvineed) is a primary trained teacher with classroom experience or teaching students aged 5 – 18 as a school ICT coordinator and LA Advisor for Denbighshire with responsibility for all aspects of ICT and eLearning in 65 schools. He is now an independent trainer, author and adviser for ICT working for a wide range of organizations. He has been an Apple Distinguished Educator for 9 years and is an Apple Certified Trainer. He was the winner of the Teaching Awards Creative use of ICT in 2000 and BECTa’s ICT in Practice awards in 2001. He has an interest in the development of creativity in education especially with reference to its relevance to the use of digital media in the classroom. Most recently he has authored and developed the Digital Creator Award which a Level 1 and 2 qualification equivalent to the ECDL that allows students and teachers to get accreditation for the creative use of digital media (

The iPad Plan-first post since August! UGH!

iPad photos- Day 1

The Plan

  • Give teachers and CIS infrastructure a one year headstart in learning and planning, so that in August 2012, approximately 150 students will arrive with their iPads in hand, ready to learn.
  • Order 40 iPads and Smart Covers, add wifi structure to the entire secondary school. Make sure bandwidth is enough to support this learning environment.
  • Have teacher’s personalize their iPads and be in charge of their care and updating. Have teacher’s sign a iPad contract. Have our IT department help with registering, updating, and facilitating purchasing from Bangalore-based Apple product distributors.
  • Our goal is to have at least 10 hours of iPad PD in this year, to help teachers gain confidence in using this tool in their classroom.
  •  iPads do not require a lot of cords and wires and servers. iPads charged the night before will last throughout a whole day of learning. Many iPad features work without internet connection required. At CIS, electrical outages and Airtel network downs occur regularly. iPads may be personalized, they are portable, they are fun.
  • Engaged and excited teachers create enthusiastic learners. Each teacher will sign up for their own Apple ID and decide on once place to sync their device. The choice is theirs:- a home computer with iTunes installed or a school computer (in the staffroom). Teachers will be responsible for the loading and installation of apps and updates. They will be encouraged to personalize their iPads.
  • The teachers are modelling what we will expect from the students next year. They will feel the energy and the frustration of learning a new skill. CIS will learn and troubleshoot along the way, creating a strong student rollout plan for August 2012.