Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Everything I know about rolling out a 1:1 iPad initiative (Post 2)

Everything I know about rolling out a 1:1 iPad initiative.

Post 2: Start a shared planning blog.

Start a blog to collaborate and share ideas.  A Wiki or Google doc will also work, but I love blog gadgets and the ability to share out with others afterwards ... like I am doing now.

Here's the link to our blog we used when discussing ideas with each other.  Some discussions did not make it to the actual blog- this one mostly handles the training and app purchase ideas.


Refer to the original post for all posts in this series.  The posts will be active links when they are available.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hari Sreenivasen Discusses Digital Media http://bit.ly/pbsed13

The PBS Digital Summit keynote speaker for 2013- Hari Sreenivasen from PBS NewsHour - discussed Digital Media, Information, and Student Education on Data and the 'Information Diet' http://www.informationdiet.com/ .

PBS News Hour 'Extra' has a story per day with a great explanation for students.

Student Reporting Labs


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Everything I know about rolling out a 1:1 iPad initiative (Part 1)

I'll have a series of blog posts about my experience for anyone who wants to embark on the 1:1 journey!
I'll expand on each bullet point below in my next posts and share everything I have created.
Stay tuned!

We've worked for over a year to roll out our iPads for staff and students here at the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue in City Schools of Decatur.   I am the Media and Instructional Technology Specialist, and my role was to assist with planning, purchasing decisions,  and training/implementation.   Other district staff members actually did the behind the scenes purchasing and app deployment.

After your project has been approved and funded- here are the planning steps you can begin.

2- Create a blog for your project or your wishes. 
3- Have a steering committee and a few sub-committees of people with specialized skills and interests.
4- Order carts ahead of time .
5- Have a "case research team".
6- Have a Training and App Selection team.
7- Include parents and/or community experts in the planning process.
- Hold a "Parent Work Day".
8- Have teachers/staff set up their own staff ipads.
9- Host a whole day iPad Professional Learning event.
10- Reach agreements about what teachers will implement in a six-week time period.
11- Plan parent communication about the iPad initiative.
12- Have students show parents their ipads.
13- Research and choose an LMS.
14- Create a handbook and a one-page at-a-glance chart.
15- Revisit ongoing Professional Learning and Curriculum Integration

- Take a deep breath- it is going to be an exciting ride!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lists of Web Tools for Teachers: Video, Comics, Quizzes, Mind Mapping, StoryTelling, Painting, Creativity

The complete list of these topics can be found here:

1- A List of The Best Video Editing Tools for Teachers

2-  A List of The Best Digital Story Telling Tools for Teachers

3-  A List of The Best drawing and Painting Tools for Teachers

4-  A List of The Best Presentation Making Tools for Teachers

5-  A List of The Best PDF Tools for Teachers

6-  A List of The Best YouTube Tools for Teachers

7-  A List of The Best Bookmarking Tools for Teachers

8-  A List of The Best Comic Strips Creating Tools for Teachers

9-  A List of The Best Photo Editing Tools for Teachers

10-  A List of The Best Digital Skills for Teachers

11-  A List of The Best Tools to Teach Creativity to your Students

12- A List of The Best Tools to Create and Administer Quizzes

13- A List of The Best Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers