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.


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…


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 (