First Steps, 1:1 iPad ideas

We are getting iPads soon, so what can you do to prepare?

Have fun, explore the web for iPAD ideas.

15 Minutes

Here are some great mobile learning/1:1 learning sites.

  • Connecting with others
  • Many are bookmarked here on my online bookmarking account- Delicious. Click around, enjoy.
  • Apple has produced a great site for mobile and iPad learning
  • Anytime, Anywhere Learning is a great resource for step-by-step planning and implementation of a 1:1 programme


  • If you do not have an iTunes account, then get one here.

15 Minutes

  • Google Docs: Here is the Web 2.0 google doc that will be used in the ES web 2.0 training this afternoon.  Google docs is available and functioning on the iPad too. It is a great place to collaborate. It is free. It is a word processer, just like Word or Pages. Try it out!

15 Minutes

  • Check out I tunes U
  • Check out the Apps store.  There are many apps that go on sale or “free” for limited time periods. Geometer’s Sketchpad is free right now. Download it this month, as it will cost 3.99 after August.

15 Minutes

  • Accessibility– Dictionary functions, voice over,
  • In Pages or text edit Highlight word Control Command D-  definition
  • Voice over, Summarize, speech to iTunes voice.

Next steps, digital citizenship awareness and acceptable use….

Other great tools- Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter with Tweetdeck, Edmodo….. I can help you use any of these in your classroom. They all have desktop versions that sync to smart phones and iPads.

Online Bookmarks: Delicious

Twitter: MKells

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Introducing a 1:1 iPad learning environment

Last Friday, it was finalized that CIS-B was going 1:1 with Apple iPADs for grades 8-12.

This decision was not taken lightly and was the result of “shopping” and learning about 2 other tablets and attending the Learning with Apple Workshop on August 3rd in Bangalore.

This workshop was attended by 6 CIS-B staff and we were all engaged, excited, and in awe of the learning possibilities intergrated with iPads.

This morning, in a 30 minute presentation, the keynote below was used to introduce the iPad to our CIS-B staff.

To validate and value both the excitement and the fear of this introduction, all were asked to write a one or two word comment on the positive feeling of being told that we are introducing iPads, and also to write the concern feeling of the announcement.

The cards were filled with


The other side was

Trepidation, how?, distraction, control, time, guidelines

The first images of the video were used to show how an iPAD and a picture might better represent their feelings.


Overall, there appeared to be an excitement and buzz, and also a sense of relief that the implementation would have a full year of teacher preparation time before the students walk in with their iPADs in August 2012.

Next step: One hour of Ideas to engage and interest staff in taking the tech plunge.