The Upton-i Newsletter January 2016 Autumn Edition

Positive results from the Parent iPad Survey: December 2015

We are constantly trying to improve the use of iPads for learning and progress. It is vital that we receive feedback so that we can do this. Look at the presentation below or click on the link to download a copy:Comparison of parents survey Dec 2015 (2)

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From an unpleasant place to a Digital Workspace:

Smarter Spaces Project

Our E-learning Facilitators (ELFs) won a bid to take part in the SSAT Smarter Spaces project. This is a new exciting action research project that empowers learners to take an active role in the design and application of innovative learning spaces. It also focuses on changes in the learning environment that impact on pedagogical practice, engagement and learner achievement. We will receive £6000 from Dulux and a design team to work with our ELFs to transform an underused area of the school into a digital work space.  

The benefits

Ten schools from across the country will have the opportunity to:

  • identify a space in their school, work with Dulux designers and their own learners to redesign the space, before the final design is then created by Dulux contractors.
  • use this smarter space across the school to investigate the implications for teacher practice and the effect on learner engagement and activity.

Funding also includes the accreditation of a lead teacher within the school

  • who will utilise the smarter spaces project to gain Lead Practitioner status, a nationally recognised standard.
  • Each LP will be provided with a comprehensive training programme which includes the latest thinking on learning environment design, the LP accreditation process and effective action research principles.

The room we chose is C14 which is an underused classroom which is much need of TLC as you can see from the following images.

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The ELFs, in consultation with the students who currently use the room, have come up with the following design ideas:

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They are now going to be working with the designers from Dulux to develop and refine these ideas.

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ELF students visit to Chester Zoo

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Year 8 and 9 E-Learning Facilitator students were recently given the opportunity to work with Chester Zoo on developing mobile technology. Whilst visiting the zoo, the students participated in an iTunes U course designed by Mr Keegan, Mrs Keefe and Mr Stott. The course gave the students the chance to explore the threats to wildlife. The students created some fantastic pieces of work using Pages, Keynote, Book Creator and Explain Everything.

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“Using our iPad skills whilst visiting the zoo was great. I enjoyed creating short films about the different species and their habitats. I had the opportunity to interview a member of the zoo staff and got some great footage of the beautiful animals.” Cerys Year 8

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The ELF students have been extremely busy during the past few months. They started the
academic year off by supporting with the iPad deployment sessions. The ELF students were given the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills. They presented to the Whole Year 7 2015 intake as well as supporting students on a one to one basis. The support sessions were extremely successful and the ELF students did a fantastic job.

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The ELF students decided to set up a monthly iPad clinic, whereby students could seek
iPad support in the Learning Hub. This was delivered during lunch times and was accessed by many students. The clinic gave the ELF students the opportunity to develop their own confidence and improve their selfesteem, by being able to help others.

Smashing Apps

The ELF students created an event called Smashing Apps. The idea behind the event was to demonstrate the potential of certain apps and then to give students the opportunities to smashing appsexplore and get creative. The first Smashing Apps event took place in November 2015 after school in the learning hub. The event was based on a quiz which was completed on an app called Socrative. The ELF students designed the quiz and implemented it, into the app. They designed their on posters to advertise the event and lead the event themselves. As Smashing Apps was a great success the Year 8 ElF students have now planned the next one, which will be held on Thursday 4th February.

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The Year 8 ELF group have worked exceptionally hard over the past few months. They had their achievements recognised at the end of the last term in a special celebration of achievements ELF meeting. Mr Keegan presented each student with a certificate of achievement.

Year 7 Christmas iPad Competition

In December the ELF students released a Christmas iPad Competition. The competition was designed to get students to be creative using their iPad. The winner of the competition was a year 7 student, Vivien Szilagyi. Vivien created her entry using the Explain Everything app. Vivien took a range of backgrounds and added image overlays to create Christmas scenes that related to her night before Christmas story.

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iPad Training

The ELF students recently received a full day of iPad training at school by JTRS.

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The ELF students received training on two apps, Explain Everything and iTunes U. Explain Everything is a unique and interactive white board that allows students to present their work in a creative and innovative way. The students were trained in using all aspects of the app and explored its potential. ITunes U is an app that allows teachers to develop courses that contain lesson plans, resources, assignments and live chats, creating an interactive classroom. The elf3ELF students learnt how to access contents and how to create their own iTunes U course. The ELF students thoroughly enjoyed their training. Since completing this they have delivered their own Explain Everything Training to all Year 7 and Year 8 students, during assemblies.

Year 7 ELF Students

In Septy71ember 2015 we recruited a new Year 7 ELF group. The students have shown endless enthusiasm and continue to develop their skills when using their iPads. The students spent the first few weeks getting to griy72ps with their iPads and understanding how to use them as an educational tool. They have enjoyed sharing their iPad skills with each other and are currently working on a interactive iPad guide for the Year 7 intake 2016.

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iTunes competition

Rhona, in Year 9, created this fantastic piece of work on the Day of the Dead

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Liam, and friends produced this news report on the battle of Hastings, funny and informative:

Alisha, in Year 8, produced this informative piece of work on Shakespeare.

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Caitlyn, in Year 7, produced this wonderful poster in French.

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Finn, in Year 7, created this Christmas card for an art competition.

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Morgan, in Year 7, produced this wonderful poem in English.

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Matthew, also in Year 7, produced this amazing poem on Light:

John produced this inspiring version based on Northern lights:

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Matthew created a wonderful light poem. Click on this link to view:My light poem.pages

Nisa produced this moving poem on Friendship:

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Dondu, in Year 7, produce this excellent piece of work about rocks and how they are used.

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Byron, in Year 8, has produced a very important message for us all.

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Isobel, Year 7, made this video to encourage others students to read. It is a book review in the style of a film trailer (Click on the image below to watch). Well done!

Eleanor produced this informative poster on internet safety in PSHE.

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Becky created this cork board presentation on internet safety.

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Daisy produced this colourful and detailed presentation on Hindu Deities.

Matthew produced and interesting piece of work on lightning:

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Bradley produced this thoughtful poem about himself. Click on the link to see: A Guinea pig guide

Harry (year 7) making his Christmas tree out of books! He is trying to encourage his peers to read.

An Religious Studies assessment test completed by Will.

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A music video and a movie trailer created by Molly, Yasmin and Tara.

Kate produced this detailed piece of work on Victorian London in History.

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Eleanor created this wonderful piece of work on rocks.

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Becky produced this blast from the past on changes in fashion and technology in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s!

Storm was asked to produce a book cover for her favourite book to encourage more of her peers to read.

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Aidan completed this book review in video format, he said “You need to read it”.

Ewen produced this thought provoking poem on the Northern Lights:

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Sam produced this video on how to be a good citizen.

And the winners are:

These names were drawn randomly from a list of students who entered the competition:

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Alisha, in Year 8, and her piece of work on Shakespeare.

Rhona, in Year 9, who created a fantastic piece of work on the Day of the Dead

 

RTC – Creating digital workflows – 20/10/15

We started this years RTC schedule with a workshop looking at digital workflows.  This popular workshop mirrors the Year 7 Device handout sessions we run annually with Showbie and Socrative at the centre of activities.

The workshop really showcases what iPads offer to the modern day classroom, with Showbie in particular.  Delegates not only learn how Showbie can be used to collect and distribute work with feedback but goes further than the developers ever designed.  We have discovered primary staff who have attended our courses and through group discussion are now using Showbie to connect with parents, helping with homework, updating on news from the classroom or requesting help with School events.  Like wise Showbie is being at secondary level by Form tutors to engage better with their students, setting tasks, delivering important information or sending reminders.

There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to Apple technologies in the classroom.

The Uptoni Newsletter July 2015 Summer Edition

Ofsted Praise our use of iPads

Staff and students were praised in our recent Ofsted inspection:

  • Students are generally keen to learn and respond well to questions in class. They are able to sustain attention and focus on tasks, and are active in investigating topics. They are responsible when using their tablet computers, and research and check information in lessons independently.
  • Teachers provide good resources for students and students have access to a personal tablet computer. Teachers use these well to enrich the curriculum and extend opportunities for independent learning and research.
  • Reading is exceptionally well supported across school and is a regular feature of each day in school. The extensive literature available to all students through their personal tablets helps to ensure equal access to resources.

Staff innovation

Mr Eunson: I would like to share this excellent trailer produced for a film version of Roald Dahl’s short story, The Landlady. Currently they are studying short stories in English. The Year 8 students who produced this work are Josh, Ben, Will, Georgia and Joe. The class completed a peer assessment for each trailer. We used Apple TV to view the end products. Click on the link below to view:

Miss Main: Kahoot is fantastic:

https://twitter.com/MissMainUHS/status/523072468588965888

Miss Main on Twitter: “Well done Nathan F – excellent understanding shown with @GetKahoot of the Battle of Hastings “@year7UPT http://t.co/mpqHTdRFwv”

“Well done Nathan F – excellent understanding shown with @GetKahoot of the Battle of Hastings “@year7UPT”

The students loved it and it was a great chance to tweet their achievements.

Mrs Mitchell from the Geography Department was observed by Sue Williamson, CEO of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) using this fantastic app with her

Year 7 class: WunderStation brings you rapid-fire current conditions, forecasts, and historical weather data from any weather station in Weather Underground’s network of over 100,000 personal weather stations. View, analyze, share and compare data from local personal weather stations with elegant, customizable graphs, infographics, animated wind direction, rainfall totals.

 

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I have also designed an iTunes U course on rivers which can be accessed by the students on their iPads at home and in school. iTunes U provides updates and allows the students to post comments. (Double click on the image below to make it bigger)

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Mrs Bennett: I use an App called 123d creature to effectively engage boys.    By allowing use of the app (it is a virtual kiln where students can add pattern and colour etc), students are dealing with an interface they are familiar with (virtuality).  The quick and effective results they achieve on the app (used as a starter). Gives the students the confidence to move from the virtual to the physical process of making and problem solving. Below is an example of a sculpture created by a student using the said app.   

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Mr Collis Use QR Codes to link to website URLs/pictures/text etc. QR Codes work really well for starters/plenary activities.  Students can scan QR codes as soon as they enter the classroom. Students do not need to type in a complicated website address; the codes are very simple to scan.

  • Download ‘QR Reader for Ipad’ from the App store.
  • Use http://www.qrstuff.com/ to generate your QR code (Link from QR code).
  • Add QR codes to worksheets. Alternatively, project QR codes onto your whiteboard.  Students can scan them.

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Dr Rees uses the Mangahigh website to differentiate at all levels: https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

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Mr Biard: Map Draw,a free i-pad app. Students can plot their journey to school either on map or satellite image.  The app tells them the distance.  They can also measure the time it takes.  This data, relevant and real, can be used to make frequency tables of distances travelled to school and speeds.  These can be used to compare groups who walk, cycle, are driven or come by bus. See below:

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iPod competition entries

Again we have a fantastic portfolio of work from years 7 and 8 with hundreds of entries, here is just a selection. iPad videos Click on the links below to watch some amazing videos produced by the students using their iPads.

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For the love of chocolate produced by Tom, Josh, Ben, Joe, and Will: 

Sasha Ravetz: The piece of work that I produced a blurb and a front cover for Al Capone Does My Shirts, our class hook at the time.

Alcapone does my shirts Sasha Ravetz Amelia Lindop analyses a poem in English.image2 Jemma Holton: I produced this for my Geography homework on weather phenomena. IMG_1813 Katie Spall: I made this piece of work in art, on an app called Pic Collage. It is about Lesley Halliwell and her artwork.k spallBenLiam Johnson: This work is about ways to measure different weather conditions.  I really enjoyed doing this piece of work because it was creative, which I like doing on the iPad.  This piece of work was complete in a geography lesson. PicCollage Laura Dixon: This was from my English lesson when we were researching the Greek gods. We had to create a booklet of information. This is one part of the booklet from pic collage. This is a fact file on Hera she is the Queen of heaven; God of birth and marriage. hera Emily Wilson: I created this in Geography for the Nepal Earthquake and it explains what we are doing to help rise money for this. nepal 2

Cally Worthington: My best piece of work. We made a poster on the Nepalese earthquake in geography.

Nepal Ben Jones used his iPad to create some detailed research on Shakespeare’s plays. Ben Daisy Saxby: My work is about the general election week and about who I would vote for if I had a chance. I enjoyed making this and following the election. Daisy Saxby Jemma Holton produced this excellent work on life in the middle ages.Jem holton 1Jem holton 2 Monden Masaki completed a news report on Conway Castle.Monden Masaki Tasmina Islam produced this research on Medieval England.Tas 1Tas2

 

And the winner is…Liam Johnson, well done!

 

Upton Student ELF Group update

Upton ELF group have been extremely busy creating presentations, blogs, videos and much more over the past few months. The ELF group now have their own website that has been designed by the students. The website has all the latest news, events and information about the ELF group. You can view the site at uptonelf.weebly.com The year 7 ELF students have been working on a presentation that is currently being delivered to their year 7 form groups. The idea behind the presentation is to make year 7 students aware of the Elf group and the good work that they do as well as re-capping the rules with regards to using their iPad in school.image1 (2)                 Year 7 ELF students delivering their iPad presentationIMG_0500 The current year 8 Elf students are working on an iBook for the new year 7 intake, September 2015. The book is being compiled with the feedback from students previously starting out with an iPad in year 7. The book will have basic ‘how to’ tips and instructions to help students use the iPad to its full potential. The book includes basic instruction video clips, check some of videos out here youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE83HYxQo7c

ELF App Reviews

The ELF students have been busy trying out new apps and then posting reviews on the ELF Blog. You can view the app reviews at uptonelf.weebly.com Here are some of the latest posts; App Review image1 (4)

App: Maths bash secondary free Rating: 7/10 Type of App: educational Subject area: Maths Recommend/ not recommend: Recommend

How to use: There are 4 sections to this game. Once you have chosen the section you would like to play, a timer starts and you have to answer as many questions as you can. I like this App because it tests your knowledge and it helps you to learn your times tables.

Emily Year 7 student             

App Review image2 App: Four letters  Rating: 9/10 Type of App: Educational How to use: This app is an literacy educational app. Four Letters is extremely fun, because you have to try and get a four letter word in a race against time. If you get the word then you carry on until you cannot get any more words. I love trying to beat my personal best on this great game!   Liam Year 7 student              

iPad Review- Benefits of being able to use my iPad

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 When I first started I couldn’t… – Contact teachers – Send/do homework on my iPad – Research during lessons – Use good apps to help revise and collect information – Share work with friends to help each other   I have access to do all these things now I have my iPad. It is making me more confident    about learning, and is building up my ICT skills. It is so much easier to contact teachers about either homework, class work, or any other things. I could either send an email to them or a comment by using an app called Showbie. Likewise, they can put comments on my work. Doing homework or any other work on this device is a lot more fun and interesting than on paper. You can be really creative with presentation on apps such as Sketchpad, Pic collage and iMovie. The thing that I find most useful is the researching tool on our iPads. During class, the iPads can enable us to research information to help us with our work. Before we had iPads, we had to use computers which was inconvenient as not every classroom has computers. Helpfully, having iPads in school means that we don’t have to carry as many books around with us. By Hannah, Year 7

We won the ‘Classroom of the Future’ Competition

The year 7 students recently entered a competition to design a ‘classroom of the future.’ The competition is being run by WestCoast Apple Team and the winner will be announced on Friday 12th June. Here are some of the fantastic entries.

Mubarak Adedigba, Year 7

Mubarak Adedigba, Year 7

“My classroom allows the need for class changes to no longer be required and helps each student individually. It has the classroom has a  change programme which allows the room to change depending on the subject being taught at the time, such as Science, DT, and food tech, this means that the students don’t have to move classrooms and be late”.

Not only that the teacher will also be holographic and be   changing depending on the subjects. This way teachers don’t have to move classrooms and can be interactive with the environment. If a teacher is demonstrating a practical, the items needed would be in the actual classroom. Supervising teachers will be required to do their part by keeping everyone on task. The screens are also holographic meaning that teachers can just type up a task and it’ll immediately show. Student also get the technological experience and have their desk equipped with the following:

  • A wide array of buttons
  • Touchscreen border
  • Mini flat screen monitor
  • Holographic
  • An anti-cheating boarder (controlled by teacher

The students will also have a holographic avatar that will help them if they’re stuck. They are summoned by the push of a button. The classroom also has a leisure corner and the teacher’s desk has a mischief camera to alert the teacher to any rules violated.” Mubarak Adedigba, Year 7

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Hannah Kelsey, Year 7

” I think a ‘Class Room of the Future’ would have lots of highly advanced technology. These features include and interactive wall, Smart screen desks and robot helpers. These advanced pieces of technology would help improve the learning of the children of the future.” Hannah Kelsey Year 7

For all the latest news and information follow: @Upton_ELF or Uptonelf.weebly.com

iStick – USB for iPad

iStickWe have been using the iStick in School for sometime now and still love what it brings to the party.  The ability to use a full USB storage device on the iPad, unplug then plug into another OS and use in the same way has proved very popular.  We all know there are many different ways to transfer content from the iPad to other platforms and vice versa, however at times these options are not available or the infrastructure is not good enough.  Take for example a video created on iMovie on an iPad, too big to e-mail, air drop can take time and sometimes the wireless reception is not good enough to send, this is where the iStick comes into its own.  Simply downloading a tiny App, plugging into the lightning slot a video can be transferred easy onto the stick, then taken away, added to another iPad or any other device with USB support.  istick2

Still on movies, adding a movie to an iPad is still not great, importing to iTunes first (and making sure the format is correct) then plugging your device in and syncing (presuming your synced computer is near you) is time consuming a cumbersome.  Now this is where the iStick comes into its own, add any video format to the device, plug into your iPad and play the video straight from the resident video player, you can even copy to the iPad for playback when the iStick is removed.

We have also found its usefulness unparalleled on shared devices in our learning hub.   We found that students were not logging out of their cloud or e-mail accounts when finishing with the loan, obviously this is a security concern.  With the iStick we can quickly move users created work off the iPad and straight into their networked user area from where they can upload to another cloud device or e-mail from a properly logged in account.

In the modern age there are also devices that for many reasons do not go onto corporate networks.  However these are still used to create data and sometimes the data is needed as a matter of course.  These devices can be added temporarily to wireless while the data is retrieved, this is not always easy and quite time consuming.  Again the iStick comes into its own here, plugging into the Apple device to quickly retrieve the required information with no technical assistance and no fuss.

The downside is the price, we use 16GB models, at £60 these are many times the cost of a normal USB stick, however the usefulness and productivity savings more than justify the initial outlay.

iPads improve learning and increase progress

Good Practice at Upton:

Progress at Upton

There is extensive evidence that using modern technology helps them make greater progress:

Our Year 8 in 2014 without iPads achieved an average level of 5b, whereas our Year 8 with iPads in 2015 achieved an average level of 6c. Both Year groups started year 7 at the same point, with an average level of 4a.

They enjoy learning through technology, and so are more motivated and find it easier to concentrate, collaborate and communicate. It has had a positive impact on attendance.

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See the iPad bumper edition posted on 19/1/15

https://uptonteep.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/ipad-bumper-edition/

iPad launch to Year 6 Parentsupton

We launched the iPad scheme to Year 6 parents on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Please have a look at the video produced by the student E-learning Facilitators (ELFs) and click on the PDF version of the PowerPoint used below.

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Parents presentation

 

Brain food

Scotland

Tablets allow for freedom and flexible learning, study finds. Students become more creative and independent when given their own tablet computer, according to a study on tscotlandhe use of mobile technology in Edinburgh schools. The research appears to bolster the case for moving away from fixed computers and dedicated information communications technology rooms towards providing all students with a tablet or mini-laptop for use throughout school and at home, known as “1:1 mobile learning”.

Students showed more enthusiasm for school after mobile digital devices were introduced – mostly in 2012-13 – in two primaries and two secondaries in Edinburgh, according to University of Hull researchers Kevin Burden and Trevor Male. Students had already been more likely to use mobile technology than school ICT even before it was sanctioned: more students regularly used mobile devices such as smartphones in school (35 per cent) than school computers (25 per cent). But their use of technology in school “increased significantly” during the 1:1 projects at Sciennes and Broomhouse primary schools and Forrester and Gracemount high schools, the research states.The allocation of personal tablets or mini-laptops “alleviates many of the problems and complaints which teachers have traditionally made about using fixed technologies in the standard IT laboratory”, Dr Burden and Dr Male write.

“There is evidence that teachers are shifting their practices in ways which might prove to be very significant,” the report states. “Personal access to the internet enables teachers to set more authentic and realistic tasks for students,” it adds.

Student autonomy was “an immediate benefit”, particularly at Sciennes Primary, where children were given considerable freedom to personalise iPads. Parents were also enthusiastic, with many buying tablets for their children on the strength of the study. One Sciennes parent said: “It has definitely helped him to be more independent; his creative writing is now that of a child way beyond his years as he is not held back by the slowness of pencil and paper.” But problems were identified: teachers found it difficult to support simultaneous use of different types of devices, so the report recommends that schools choose only one. Questions were also raised about the ability of Glow, the digital network for Scottish schools, to support the technology. And there is growing concern among parents – although less so among teachers – about internet addiction and overuse of games. Edinburgh already has about 6,500 iPads in its schools to share among the city’s 44,000 students. The council has promised to match-fund any money that secondary schools put towards providing entire year groups with iPads over the next two years. “We are quite convinced that it’s the way forward,” said senior education manager Karen Prophet. “What’s been fascinating is that this technology has not been stolen or damaged, because young people value it.”Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland said that, given that tablets were expensive and required a reliable broadband connection, it would be a long time before each student in Scotland could be equipped with one. However, he said the fact that “not everybody can get (one)” was not an excuse to delay their introduction: it was simply a case of being “sensible” in targeting the initiative. He suggested that tablets might be used to help narrow the attainment gap in Scotland, with struggling students given them first. (See the full report by clicking on the link below).

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The USA

iPad changes the way teachers teach and students learn. Students, educators, and institutions are using iPad for countless educational purposes and finding both anticipated and surprising benefits. Examples in this document highlight the following areas across K–12 and higher education: • Improvements in academic performance • Increases in engagement and motivation • Added instructional flexibility and resource efficiency • Integrated focus on content quality and design (See the full report by clicking on the link below)

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 England

Study Finds Benefits in Use of iPad as an Educational Tool. The study looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where a large scale 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. A brief overview of this groundbreaking study is provided below.

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/07/study-finds-benefits-in-use-of-ipad-as-educational-tool/

The iPad as a Tool for Education – Naace report supported by 9ine Consulting (2)

It is not just at Upton: Article of the week

The Positive Impact of Launching a 1-1 iPad Project – The Data from Hove Park School Park

In April 2013 Hove Park School launched a 1-1 iPad deployment for 1600 students. What has been the impact on progress, behaviour and attitudes to learning?

Student Achievement

Evidence based on the tracking of achievement data shows that the introduction of Hove Park’s 1-1 iPad Learning Transformation Project has made a positive contribution to the school’s work to eliminate the gap between the progress of economically disadvantaged students and their peers. Since the introduction of iPads 1-1 the progress of students eligible for pupil premium funding has accelerated compared to the progress of the cohort as a whole.

Student AchievementStudent Behaviour

Analysis of behaviour data at Hove Park has shown that the use of iPads has resulted in a significant decrease in sanctions across the school for the first two terms working 1-1 compared with the same period in 2012. Most tellingly, the sanctions received by the pupil premium cohort of economically disadvantaged students has decreased at a faster rate over the same period.

Other Indicators

 

Hove Park used pupil premium funding to provide eligible students with iPads and a suite of educational apps. These early results show that working 1-1 with iPads has had a clear and positive impact on these students who are now engaging with learning better and achieving at a faster rate.

Student Perceptions Of Learning

In order to gauge the initial feedback from students, the school asked 500 students at Hove Park to evaluate the quality of different aspects of their work before the introduction of iPads and again after 10 weeks of working with an iPad in lessons. In measuring the proportion grading the quality of work good or outstanding in a 4-point response scale, the results were extremely encouraging.

Enjoyment of lessons
Before students had an iPad only 4.7% of students rated the enjoyment of lessons as excellent. Now students have an iPad 47.8% of students rate their lesson enjoyment as excellent. 86.9% of students rate the enjoyment of lessons as good or excellent compared to 31% of students before they had an iPad.

Learning in Groups
Before students were using iPads 61.2% rated learning in groups as good or excellent, compared to 79.6% now.

Support from Peers
There were 58.1% of students who rated the support from friends as good or excellent before they had an iPad, compared to 67.3% now they are working with an iPad.

Sharing Work With Other Students
Before students used iPads 23.9% were sharing work with other students on a regular basis. This has increased to 62.7% of students sharing their work on a regular basis with other students.

It is clear that the use of iPads in lessons very quickly has a positive influence on students’ collaboration and sharing of their work.

Working Independently
66.6% of students rated independent learning in lessons as good or better before using an iPad. This rose to 79.6% of students rating it as good or excellent with the introduction of iPads at school.

Time in Lessons to Explore and Develop Your Ideas
This saw a shift from only 15.8% of students saying they were given time in lessons on a regular basis to 94% of students saying they now are given time to explore and research their own ideas on a regular basis in lessons.

The range of tools in the iPad and the speed with which they can be accessed during a sequence of learning activities means that teachers can plan to hand more responsibility to students for aspects of their learning during lessons.

Completion of Homework
64.5% of students rated the completion of homework as good or better before they used an iPad, compared to 74.7% of students since having an iPad.

Feedback from Teachers
Feedback from teachers was rated as good or excellent by 52.9% of students before they had an iPad. Since students have an iPad, 66.9% of students now rate the feedback from teachers a good or better.

In the first ten weeks, teachers experimented with a range of vehicles for setting and assessing homework. These increases in student responses mark the first steps in the journey to dramatically improve and personalise feedback to students in order to accelerate their achievement. 

Sharing Work With Parents
Only 15% of students were sharing their work on a regular basis with parents. Since the introduction of iPads 55.6% of students are now sharing their work with parents on a regular basis.

One of the key aims of the Hove Park iPad learning Transformation Project is to bring parents into closer contact with their children’s learning. This early gain in the frequency of sharing work at home gives us a good platform to build on as we begin to share our lesson materials on iTunes U in the coming months.

Resources/articles/apps/videos

1) iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131210-ipad-learning-education-space-science/

2) Improving feedback in a 1:1 environment.

http://newtechtimeline.com/2013/10/20/improving-student-feedback-in-a-11-environment/

3) Explain Everything for superb student feedback

http://ictevangelist.com/explain-everything-superb-student-feedback/

4) Establishing A Twitter Routine In Your Classroom

http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/establishing-a-twitter-routine-in-the-classroom/

5) Why Innovate?

http://dedwards.me/2014/01/28/why-innovate-2/

iPads for Learning

Our fantastic student e-learning facilitators have now completed their video showcasing iPad use at Upton in the classroom.  The video was made entirely with iPads, filming, splicing and post production.  Well done to all involved, we look forward to the next release.

iPads as a visualiser

visualiser-entryVisualisers have always provided creative subjects such as food technology and Art with a great way to share work in a classroom setting.  Most units however are restricted to the computer they are attached to meaning work to be displayed to the whole class is brought up to the front.  Now imagine a teacher wants to share a piece of unfinished Art work with their class but the paint is still wet, or a pupil wants to show off their food project piece but cannot transport as it is unsafe to carry because it is still red hot.  We can see the limitations of the trusted visualiser starting to unfold.

Augmentation

This is where Apple technology is used successfully replace and significantly improve a task, in this casing point technology improves technology.  With an Apple TV attached to the projector screen or a software solution on the PC such as reflector teachers can now display their iPad screen to the whole class, with the default camera App so acting as a wireless visualiser.  This solution also works out cheaper, assuming the user already has an iPad, with Apple TVs a comparable price and software solutions coming in around £7.

This shows again another of the many ways Apple technology can improve the educational experience straight out of the box.