The day finally arrived!

Yesterday history was made at our school! We placed 25 iPads into the hands of our very eager Grade 6s, and boy, did they surprise us! Most of them had never touched an iPad before, but within minutes they were looking for ways to be creative – they were typing, drawing, taking pictures, using Photo Booth and more! We gave them free rein, time to explore and have fun – and that’s just what they did!

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Hot Apps 4 HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Somewhere along my iPadding travels (I think it was on Twitter) I came upon this stunning ePub by Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker. It focuses on using free apps to support Higher Order Thinking Skills using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a framework. There are some great lesson ideas. Don’t miss it!

Here’s the link to Lisa’s blog, techchef4uhttp://goo.gl/G2BbH

To download it, simply open iBooks on your iPad, go to the Store, seach for ‘Hot Apps 4 HOTS’ and download it – it’s FREE! It will appear on your iBooks bookshelf immediately.

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A New Era Has Dawned

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We are SO excited! The 25 iPads for our Grade 6s have finally arrived and we will be spending the next week or so getting them prepared for roll out in the classes. This is truly a new era for our school and we are ready to tackle the challenge head-on. I will document our progress here. 

Firstly, setting these iPads up is quite a task:

  •        Switch on, sync to a computer and register each device
  •        Name each device (Generic name to match the email address)
  •        Set up a generic email account on each device (for submission of work)
  •        Sync with iTunes and install required apps
  •        Design a funky school-branded home screen and set up on each device
  •        Put screen protectors on the devices

 Also:

  •        Draw up an Acceptable Use Policy for the teachers and pupils.
  •        Create a wiki for uploading of work, videos etc. for pupils to access.

That’s just to start off! I’m sure I haven’t thought of everything, but I’ll update the list as I go along. If you look for me – I’ll just be iPadding along!