Professional Development

How much PD do we need to be ready for one2one learning with iPads? What works best at CIS?

This year at CIS, we have spent almost 20 hours engaging in the practice of using our iPads.

How have we done?

With 35 teachers attending various sessions, more and more teachers are truly engaged, excited, and ready for the total iPad experience that will engage our students in August.

What PD ideas have worked?

  1. Apple iPad training on specific apps- like Keynote, Pages, and iMovie worked really well. All got to practice. All could see application of these apps into their teaching environment.
  2.  APD Training: Oscar Stringer, APD consultant, visited our school for an entire day of Q and A. This worked. An educator with “real experience” was exactly what our teachers needed. The teachers asked questions, cleared doubts, and asked for app advice. Oscar was clear, direct, and extremely knowledgeable. The teachers’ appreciated his insight. To me as the iPad enthusiast onsite, I enjoyed seeing Oscar in this leadership role. He uncovered and discussed ideas that I never would have thought of. His style was refreshing and beyond the beginner level. Most CIS teachers were ready for this.
  3. So far teachers have enjoyed PD that deeply looks at an app or tool, rather than general discussions. Optional and Volunteer Tech Talks are quite successful with low pressure on teachers. Those that attend pass on the learning, when they chat with their peers about their struggles and their successes. During these tech talks, we have discussed Wikispaces,Edmodo, Socrative, Dropbox, Voicethread, and Annotateneu.
  4.  Private discussions about particular subject areas and with “new” teachers has been vital to the PD process, as sometimes individual attention with quality chat and brainstorming is necessary.
  5. We started using WebDAV with a Mac mini server this week. This time, all teachers were asked to follow a keynote or pdf of instructions to help them set-up their WebDAV folder. They were not allowed to go to see our Technology Director. And guess what, they were all successful. Now with WebDAV, file transfer is so fast and sharing was so easy. All were impressed. After giving everone a week to install the folders and get them working, we met and spent 45 minutes sharing and exploring ways to move files, pics, movies, and pdfs. Moving in and out of our shared and private folders on the WebDav was useful and practical for all. This will be great as we start creating content for the new school year. Students will use the WebDAV next year too. A great way to submit work.

Unfortunately, discussions about pedagogy and one to one learning have been less engaging, as most at CIS are focused on the “how” rather that the “why” right now. CIS teachers know that going one to one is good. That it is the future of education. CIS teachers are being pushed to think about the “why”, but this seems a longer process and perhaps one that will move forward more once the students have their iPads too.

Do we need to focus on “why” too? What do you think?

 

Learning Goals as we move toward 1:1 Learning at CIS

CIS moves toward self learning as each teacher prepares for the 1:1 learning environment.  Everyone will have different goals for iPad intergration.  This is encouraged.  All training sessions in term 3 will be option and will be held on a variety of topics.

Do you have any suggestions?  Will this Continued Professional Development plan work?

Professional Development for 1:1 learning with iPads at CIS

http://cisone2onelearning.wikispaces.com/Professional+Development-+January+30th

Here is a site that I have created to use with parents and staff, as we move closer to our One to One learning implementation in August 2012.

Tomorrow, we will start off with Socrative and move through a 3 hour lesson complete with transitions, rubrics, and true planning.

Acceptable Use discussions will be initiated.

The landscape of classrooms and teaching methodology is being changed at CIS.

Do you have any suggestions for us, as we move forward? I would love to hear from you.

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.

 

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.

Attendees:
Dilnaz Bharucha & Amey Mahajan     Universal School Tardeo.

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Vamshi Krishna    Delhi Public School Suret

Ravikumar   http://www.finetune.in

Lissa Chazot      Mahatma Gandhi International School, Gujarat  http://www.mgis.in

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 (www.bcs.org/digitalcreator)