Yesterday we unpacked the iPads and did a stocktake of serial numbers, wi-fi numbers and gave each iPad a number so they are all named, iPad01-26. Emily, Ryan, Jaydon and Michaella were eager to help. I couldn’t help notice their smiles even though they were missing sport.
So we worked in production line style, unpacking, numbering, naming, recording stats and then repacking.
I wasn’t sure if I should register them so I left it for later. Does registering them tie them to an account or is it just for warranty. As the school owns the iPads I would have thought we should register them in the school’s name. Hmm. I will have to find out. Look below and you”ll see some pics from our stocktaking afternoon. Yes it was wall to wall iPads and smiles.
So our official unboxing day is Aug 18th and our parent information session is on the same day in the evening. We’ll be giving demonstrations of how to get an iTunes account and add the $100 itunes voucher so a credit card is not needed. Also how to download the apps and sync the iPads.
Also I’ll be showing this youTube video on the iPad for parents. Raising digital kids, a series of videos on YouTube by Kevin Honeycutt has many iPad episodes. I like his emphasis on getting kids to be creative and to use gadgets for learning. If you like this one you’ll probably like others he has made.
So we got up early and went to Melbourne on the 6:30 am train. Our Pd session enabled us to meet all the other teachers involved in the trial. I would have liked to have more conversations with many of the other schools. Luckily I did meet up with Adam Brice from Ringwood North Primary School and hope to be able to share and compare as we enter the trial with the iPads.
Marco Torres had so many good messages for us about being learners and problem solvers. What evidence do we have that we are learners and problem solvers? As I listened to Marco I was tweeting and had responses from around the globe that I was so lucky to be in Marco’s company. I enjoyed sharing Marco’s messages to the world and at the end of the day I could search for my hashtags and find all my tweets which have become my notes. The best part about learning is sharing your learning. Just like children who want to share what they can do, ‘Look at me….this…etc” Sharing is going to be something I’d like to see the iPads helping us do better.
Marco posed many questions for us to ponder upon. Like-
How do we showcase good learning? (marketing)
How do we know who our good learners are?
He also made some great statements like-
We want to see evidence of learning, not if you know something or not.
Children should be asking questions and problem solving not just looking for answers.
I like the way Marco makes you think and takes your thinking to a higher level. We didn’t just talk apps we were talking learning which is the focus of the iPad trial.
We also looked at visual mind mapping as a way of showing evidence of thinking. I hadn’t thought about mindmapping as showing evidence of thinking before. We can use corkulous, ibrainstorm, poplet and many other mindmapping apps.
Lynne Davie challenged us to think about the focus questions for the trial –
How will iPads make my students smarter?
How will my classroom practice change when I have access to iPads in the classroom?
What will my students find useful about the iPad?
How will the iPads make my students happier?
We had lots to think about and contemplate after our day in Melbourne. Unboxing and a parent evening are the next items on our agenda for the iPad trial.