In the past two year, iPad pilot programs have been gaining momentum in schools worldwide. You might be wondering “Do iPads really improve learning?” It’s great that many pioneers are sharing their experiences and advices on websites or on iBook. They have been posting valuable insights, recommended apps for elementary and secondary students, “How-to” and lesson plans, technical resources…, all information about piloting and rolling out iPads in schools. These are the most mentioned and recommended resources. (not in priority sequence)
1.Canby District Wiki from Canby School District in Canby, Oregon
2.iPad in Education from School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
This wiki is often referred as a good source about iPad pilot experience sharing, they have another wiki eMobilize serving as implementation, documentation, and publication of the process of rolling mobile devices out into the classrooms of Palm Beach County. The authors of this wiki will be using this research to develop a professional development curriculum to mentor other teachers in the implementation of how to create and implement a mobile learning environment.
3.Learning and Teaching with iPads from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Australia (covering 78 schools and over 41000 students)
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta iPad trial 2010 report findings
- iPads in Schools: Use Testing
- iPads in Schools: Use Testing – Executive Summary
- iPad App Review by educators from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (spreadsheet)
4.Adventage 2014 from Auburn School District in Auburn, Maine
- This page has both our rubric for app selection and the core collection of apps correlated to our K literacy curriculum.
- There are lots of links to resources from the national iPads in Primary Grades Ed conference they hosted last November. (They’re planning now for next November’s conference!)
5.Reading with iPads – the difference makes a difference by Dale Sheppard(Education today), this is a study on two Australian Yr 6 classes totalling 43 students last year. In comparison to Auburn School District report: iPads increased Kindergarten literacy scores, it’s found that although the students participating in the study reported an increase in engagement when using the iPad, there was not a corresponding rise in achievement. In fact, the comprehension scores of some young readers actually decreased.
6.SVSD IPAD PILOT from Snoqualmie Valley School District in Snoqualmie, Washington
- Top Ten Lessons from an iPad Roll out (slides presentation and audio)
7.iPad Project of PSD from Pennsville School District in Pennsville, NJ
8.The WIFI — Eanes ISD iPad Pilot Project from Eanes School Districts in Austin, Texas
- Sharing insights into the impacts of a school-wide 11/12th grade iPad implementation at Westlake High School in Eanes ISD, Austin, Texas.
9.iOS Device Best Practices (PDF) from Goochland County Public Schools at Goochland, Virginia, and this “iOS in Education” eBook contains Goochland’s list of apps installed on iOS Devices for students (ePub Edition for iBooks on iOS & PDF Edition)
10.Hot Apps 4 HOTS(A Guide to Using Free Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills) is a free iBook made by Techchef4u hosted by Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker, Lisa is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.
In this interactive resource, readers will cycle through 9 stations focusing on each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy (from remembering to creating). Each station will include an apptivity with a specific app, example products, and additional resources to support iPad integration in the iClassroom.
A user contract is only one part of an implementation program. Here is a good list of things that you should be looking at before you even get to the purchase agreement stage. Use this as a checklist to make sure that your 1 to 1 implementation goes to plan: Preparing your school for an iPad implementation. More references on using iPads in education are curated here: “Educational Apps“.