iPads with yr 10s into 11 today

I used 14 iPads today with my new yr 11 group. Their task was to produce a documentary about either the use of drugs in sport or about addiction and rehabilitation. Both tasks required them to have some real life case studies. This week was mainly research and making decisions about what they were going to produce and when they get back after work experience, they will make the actual videos.

I found using the iPads really motivating, but because of the novelty, it took a while for the students to actually start work. They were more interested in playing with the apps. However, in some ways that was also useful because I had assumed all of the students would use iMovie to produce their final piece of work and that they would only use that and Safari for research, but in fact, several groups used other apps too.

Things that the lesson highlighted for me:

1. Unless students have the same iPad next lesson, they will not be able to access their work unless they emailed it to themselves or asked me to transfer it to my computer

2. Students need to be able to save work in such a way that they can access it from anywhere. Most apps do not give the option to save work to Google (ie. our Chiswickcloud). Drop box might be the solution.

3. It is not possible to attach files from their school emails using the iPads so they could only cut and paste information into the body of their email, rather than send a document

4. The use of iPads motivates some students who do not always work well. For example, Josh (10 Marlborough)  said that he thought he could produce something really good and he worked all lesson – this is a student who had completed very little work all of last year in his RS lessons. However, this might just be the novelty value.

Jackie

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Vanja Milovanovic
eLearning Coordinator
 Apple Distinguished Educator

Chiswick School
Burlington Lane
London
W4 3UN
Telephone: 020 8747 0031 ext:182
Fax: 020 8747 6620
 Regional Training Centre
http://www.chiswickschool.org

Admin with the iPad

I have been focussing my use of the iPad on getting rid of my paper planner. Which I have now done.

I am using 2 apps;

Teacher Asst.

Planbook

Teacher Asst.
Brilliant for monitoring behaviour. You can upload your classes using a CSV file and include parent contact details. Set up a series of Actions which you are monitoring (positive and negative) and then keep track of behaviour against these actions. When they reach a specified level you can email home or do it immediately if there any serious incidents.

PlanBook
A great idea! Set up your timetable and plan your lessons on your iPad. The app is £6.99 but unfortunately it crashes and looses your data quite often. However, if you’re a committed gadget freak like me you can fork out £24.95 for the full computer version and sync with your iPad via Dropbox. I haven’t had a crash since!

The kids are amazed with Teacher Asst. and are fascinated about how I can now email parents with behaviour reports at the push of a button!!!

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Vanja Milovanovic
eLearning Coordinator
 Apple Distinguished Educator

Chiswick School
Burlington Lane
London
W4 3UN
Telephone: 020 8747 0031 ext:182
Fax: 020 8747 6620
 Regional Training Centre
http://www.chiswickschool.org

mind maps

I have been using the iPad  with my year 7s. They have been using the mind map and also thestory teller that makes their own book.

 

Pupils have enjoyed the use and have made so me lovely books, it is a shame we couldnot save them though.

 

Jac MCDonald

Thinking about using the iPads in September

One of the real issues we have in OM is that we can’t store all of the work produced by students and because students work in different groups for each new unit, students do not have a complete set of their own work.

I have decide to use either noteshelf or notes plus so that for each unit, students can produce an eportfolio of work. Both of these apps will let them keep record of everything they do as work done on paper etc can be photographed and added to their notes.

I was concerned that students would always have to use the same iPad as they had used previously so that they have access to their notes. However, over the weekend, I had a bit of a play and if each student has their own dropbox account, they will be able to access their work from any ipad or computer as both apps export notes as pdf files.

The only problem I can see now, is that students will need access to their school emails straight away at the start of September so that they can use these to set up their Dropbox account in the first couple of lessons the first week back. Last year they didn’t get their email addresses for quite a while.

Just used ipads in my lesson!

My yr 7 classes are producing a new smoothie brand and today they have been drawing the storyboards for their smoothie adverts. 2 groups finished and so I let them use my own ipad and the ipad that school have loaned me to start making their adverts using imovie. They loved it! I’m hoping that over the next few lessons some of the other groups wil lalso be able to have a go too.