Website Goes Live 01/30/2012
After about a month, The Learning Pad is finally live. There are still quite a few updates that we will be making (links, products, etc.) We will also be reviewing Apps that we have been using since the beginning of the year, so check back often. Please feel free to leave comments, questions, or thoughts on the site. We would love to hear from you! Send me (Collin) a message on Twitter or shoot me an e-mail if have any direct questions.
Next Round of iPads 01/17/2012
We just received our newest round of iPads yesterday morning. Now we are able to starting transitioning our 4th grade into 1:1 with the iPads. Currently, we have 5th grade 1:1 and a cart of 30 for the rest of the school to check out as needed. With the addition of our units for 4th grade, this should open up a few more units for the school. Next stop
Catching Up: Part 1 01/17/2012
In late November, we began our implementation of 1:1 in our 5th grade classes. We worked closely with the classroom teachers and building administration to make sure that we were prepared for the changes that were about to come. We learned a lot from this initial 1:1 transition that will help us in upcoming 1:1 initiatives (we plan on going 1:1 in 3rd and 4th grade as well).
Our first round of iPads came and we immediately started learning so much about the management of the iPads, itunes, and apps. We eventually found a system that worked for us. The biggest thing that we try to do is make sure that the apps that are on itunes are the same ones that we want on the ipad. We are actually going to have a macbook for each cart, so the ipads in the cart will mirror that macbook's itunes account. We will also be creating master backups in each cart to help if we have to reset anything.
The changes in student engagement were immediate. Our 5th graders were more interested in writing in their notepad app then they ever had been before. Of course many will test the waters, but we were very clear and intentional with our expectations and students gradually started to learn appropriate and inappropriate iPad use.
So far, so good!