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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.

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Coffee and Tech- Introducing our Parents to 1:1 Learning

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In the Secondary Library, about 15 parents learned about CIS’s one 2 one learning environment for next year.
Many were handling iPads for the first time.  All completed a Socrative quiz, and the immediate results were viewed in real time on the projected screen.
We did not succeed in completing all of the agenda below, but the discussion was encouraged.  Doubts about iPads vs other tablets were cleared.  Purchase plans were explained.
After a 45 minute introduction and seeing that iPads truly are educational, I feel that parents left happy that the iPad as a learning tool will be a great addition to their child’s learning experience.

Our Agenda is listed below and cross posted on my wiki.

Welcome!

1. Think BIG- Introductory Video
2. 1:1 learning introduction
3. Hands on workshop- Learning with the iPad

  • Socrative
  • iBooks
  • iTunes U
  • iMovie
  • Edmodo
  • Viseoprompt
  • Pages + Keynote

4. How will it work at CIS?
5. Questions and Answers

Another step in the Planning Process…Coffee and Tech- Introducing our Parents to 1:1 Learning

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In the Secondary Library, about 15 parents learned about CIS’s one 2 one learning environment for next year.  CIS students and their families will be purchasing iPads for August and will have to have 5 purchased APPs.  This will be required of all students grade 8-11.  Parents and students were told this last August for complete implementation this August. 
Many were handling iPads for the first time.  All completed a Socrative quiz, and the immediate results were viewed in real time on the projected screen.   They also followed a QR Code to get to the wiki created for the event.  I demo’d Edmodo, showing them what is going on in my Physics class.  Many our students are already using Edmodo in their classes, so this was not new to our parents.
We did not succeed in completing all of the agenda below, but the discussion was encouraged.  Doubts about iPads vs other tablets were cleared.  Purchase plans were explained.
After a 45 minute introduction and seeing that iPads truly are educational, I feel that parents left happy that the iPad as a learning tool will be a great addition to their child’s learning experience.
Having this meeting, fielding parent concerns, having a plan, and sharing ideas is helping the adoption of iPads succeed at CIS.
Next meeting topics:  Apple IDs, No Credit Card Accounts, Download Apps, Gifting Apps.  Our next meeting will focus on the “nitty gritty business” of  getting each child’s iPad ready for learning. 

Our Agenda is listed below and cross posted on my wiki.

Welcome!

1. Think BIG- Introductory Video
2. 1:1 learning introduction
3. Hands on workshop- Learning with the iPad

  • Socrative
  • iBooks
  • iTunes U
  • iMovie
  • Edmodo
  • Viseoprompt
  • Pages + Keynote

4. How will it work at CIS?
5. Questions and Answers