In honor of Education month, we are spotlighting the 1:1 iPad initiative underway in much of SW and Central MN. School districts big AND small have realized the advantages of technology in the classroom when it comes to individualized learning.
6th, 7th and 8th graders are gaining skills needed for their futures. This includes life skills such as organization, communication and collaboration.
Teachers are now able to take full advantage of the ‘Reverse Classroom’ model. …students watch a video of the lesson at home, and then complete a formative assessment the following day in class. This helps the teacher determine which students have mastered the task (deeming them ready to move on to more challenging work) and target those that need more practice or specialized help.
According to Worthington School District 518 monthly newsletter:
“iPads provide a way to engage and motivate students in learning. Apps like Nearpod help to do this. Nearpod is an app that allows the teacher to control a presentation of content while the student engages in short activities, such as polls, drawings, or short quizzes, to show what they have learned. Other apps, such as iMovie, provide an interactive way for students to exhibit something they have learned. “
Jackson County Central is another example of the due diligence and planning it takes to launch a successful iPad program. As presented during their 1:1 iPad parent & student meeting the beginning of this school year:
- Appointed a dedicated Tech Integrationist to oversee implementation and ongoing support.
- Held a test session with 6th graders and then optimized device protection with new cases based on results.
- Included the parents – Parent/child meeting first day of class (evening so everyone had an opportunity to attend).
- Usage contract so correct expectations were set immediately.
- ‘Permission’ given to the parents to check school issued iPad for inappropriate use which opens an avenue to checking all devices.
- Provided tools to keep students safe (DO NOT allow devices to be kept in student bedroom according to the principle, video to help parents with dialog – http://www.netsmartz.org/StreamingPresentations/InternetSafetyBasics)
- Repurposing of funds so that parents don’t have to choose between other necessary expenses and allowing their child to take advantage of this awesome opportunity!! Money formerly spent on text books now used for iPads. …‘Empty Back Pack’
According to the JCC Tech Integrationist, Tara Boogerd:
“JCC took their time in making sure to move one step at a time, and hiring support to make it successful.”
Those steps laid out a roadmap which JCC worked meticulously. What a great way to keep everyone on the same page and set realistic expectations!
It went something like this:
Year #1 (2010-2011 school year): all teachers received iPads
Year #2 (2011-2012): carts in all buildings
Year #3 (2012-2013): 6th grade pilot goes 1:1
Year #4 (2013-2014: all students grades 6-8 are 1:1 and additional purchase of carts for other buildings. Each Kindergarten classroom has five iPads that stay in their rooms.
“It’s an exciting time to be in education!”
– Tara Boogerd, JCC Tech Integrationist
And what an exciting time to be a rural Minnesota Broadband Service Provider!