iPad

#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.

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SAMR Video- Reflections of a 1:1 iPad Chemistry Classroom

Melanie Kells: SAMR in the Chemistry Classroom at CIS from Melanie Kells on Vimeo.

This is a very accurate reflection on how the iPad is used in Grade 9 IGCSE Chemistry at Canadian International School Bangalore.
This video was created using an iPad and an iPhone. It was edited in iMovie. The Garageband jingle was created by my son, Spenser Kells.

Our iPad feedback survey results- some surprises, some confirmations, some wild ideas!

CIS’s iPad Feedback Survey Results- 6 months in

So please provide feedback.  Did any of these results surprise you?  Will this feedback cause you to rethink your iPad initiative.  Let me know.CIS’s iPad Feedback Survey Results- 6 months in

Our students have had their iPads for 6 months! How are we doing?

CISB has been a 1:1 learning environment for the past 6 months.  250 students and 45 teachers have changed their classrooms.  Parents have had their students active and online at home and 24/7.

Collecting feedback is an important part of the process.  We will use parent and student suggestions to help us format our orientation process for the next school year and to identify any strength, weaknesses, or mis-conceptions.

What do you think about these questions?  What question did we forget to ask?

This survey was completed on Survey Monkey. Check it out here.

VPN- Virtual Private Networks- Should secondary students be using them?

CIS raises money with a fun rum and a great talent show.

CIS raises money with a fun run with Nithin Tolani- Cancer Survivor.

I was truly surprised, when I googled this issue and found nothing.  No posts on explaining VPNs to students or to parents.  No posts on why it might not be recommended. Okay, I had better start at the beginning.

Students at CIS are downloading a VPN and then by passing our school’s websense filter.  This is not strictly against the iPad agreement, but is it Responsble Use.  The answer is No!

A VPN is allowing them to access apps and sites that our school’s firewall is blocking.

So what is a VPN?

http://www.comparebusinessproducts.com/briefs/essential-guide-vpns

This answer from The Essential Guide to VPNs

Updated: April 30, 2009

VPNs (virtual private networks) aim to provide secure communications within distributed enterprises, among business partners, and between mobile workers and corporate IT resources.

VPNs make use of the public Internet, and for that reason, advocates view the technology as more cost-effective than dial-up networking — with its attendant phone-line costs — and dedicated WANs. To secure the VPN, an organization generally installs some form of gateway, a network device that manages a VPN’s connections. A gateway may consist of VPN software installed on a server or a specialized VPN appliance.

VPN Express– the App available on the App Store says this

WHAT IS IT?
VPN is a 128-bit encrypted tunnel between your device (computer, iPhone/iTouch/iPad) and one of our servers.

WHY HAVE A VPN ACCOUNT?
If you want a total Internet traffic anonymizing experience, a VPN account is the best way to go – there’s no IP numbers to configure into the webapps, and no software to install – just set up the VPN and it’s done! Other features include, but are not limited to:
-Bypass websites that are blocked in some countries/geographical regions.
-Bypass Skype and other VOIP blocked in your area or by your ISP.
-Grant access to restricted sites at work or at school even behind firewalls.
-Assigns your computer a new IP address, hides your real IP to anonymize all web applications.
-Security & anonymity with a secure encrypted connection between your computer and the Internet.
-Protect your wireless (Wi-Fi) connection at home or at public Hotspots.
-Virtual Firewall – Attacks are often directed at a known IP address.
-International Internet Users – ISPs or some countries would like to prevent users from enjoying the Internet, with a USA IP there are no controls!
-Unlike a proxy, you get secured connection for all programs you are using, (e.g ICQ, Email, FTP, News and anything that uses a Internet Connection)

Okay so, are VPNs illegal?  No, they are sometimes used for illegal activities.  Are VPNs allowed at your school?  Do I think CIS should allow VPN apps to run on their iPads during the classtime?  No! Please let me know.

Do I have a VPN? Yes, and I use it for Netflix.  Am I a hypocrite?  Probably…

What do you think?  How would you present VPNs to an audience of your parents?

Finally the largest number of articles on VPN were describing how to get around your school firewall and how to gain access to something that was restricted.  Some VPNs are free apps.   Please share your thought on VPNs, schools, and students.

Teachers & Students- We all have iPads!

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Finally we have 185 students and 40 teachers learning with iPads in our school’s first one to one learning endeavor. The year long planning process was over three weeks ago. The last student got his iPad on Friday, three weeks late, but every student in grade 8-11 has an iPad to enhance their learning experience.

Are the students happy? YES!
Are the teachers happy? YES!

Teaching has been transformed. Teachers are moving around the classroom. Students are regularly taking photos of schedules, notes, or of each other. Most are using Edmodo, Dropbox, and email to transfer and share information. Socrative has become a popular app, as has Poplet, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.

Paper is being used less…. Creativity in teaching and in recording the learning process is increased….

Balance is being sought, as we install filters to slow gaming and to preserve bandwidth. Balance is sought by teachers not wanting the tech to deter from the curricular objectives. Balance for our tech team, that has increased its workload phenomenally without increases in manpower. Balance for print or post.

Three weeks have passed. Engaged, and a little frustrated as we are maxing out our bandwidth most of the time…..but we (sort of) knew this might happen…… Next….more bandwidth, please…

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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.

Need an Apple ID check out this Pagesend- created on iPad

PageSend is quickly becoming my favorite for screencasts.

Do you need to know how to get an Apple ID without linking it to a credit card?

Follow the instructions in this Pagesend.

Pagesend is a free App on the iPad and one that I plan to fully integrate into my classes next year.

June 1st- First iPads will be delivered to our students.  Out of the Box session planned for both parents and students- 3-4, Friday afternoon.  Check out our wikispace here to see our agenda.

So excited!!!!!

Do you think we are missing anything? Please let us know.

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