Top 3 Tips for Implementing 1:1 Tech:
Prior to implementing the 1:1 iPad in the classroom (as an innovation project powered by the government), I visited other schools to chat with and learn from. Those were schools that are a few steps ahead of where we were at that time and I want to share three basic tips that might be useful prior to implementing 1:1 tech.
- The first thing we learned is that the ownership of the device should not be with the school, but with the students and their parents. If students do not own the device, they will be less careful with the device resulting repairing iPads and high costs for the school. Therefore, from the next year on parents need to buy the device in advance via our school.
- Another thing we’ve experienced is that students of today are not(!) all digital natives. Most of them know how to post on Snapchat for instance, but sending e-mails and working and/or sharing in Google Drive is not well adopted by them, so training them to learn these kind of technical skills and awareness of their digital footprint prior to the use of the device in school is a must.
If you really want to make a difference and show the community that you care, schools should provide these training sessions for parents as well. Besides the fact the parents should be aware of their children and the advantages and disadvantages of the internet, parents find it very difficult to find their way on the device in order to help their children with their homework.
- Make sure that the infrastructure in school is really good and is able to handle the multiple devices that you want to work with. We experienced that the Wi-Fi routers that we used were not good, so we had to replace them all. But after that, and still we have a very good network for the students to work with.
Our experiences after the first year:
Before we could gear up the whole school, we started with a small group of students to see what we would experience from that. Slightly more than one year ago – during the school year – we started with just one class and at the beginning of this school year we added three more classes to the 1:1 iPad project. From that we’ve learned so much, and kept the focus on the benefit of this device in education.
Since the iPad is not a certainty for the next school year we are exploring the Chromebook for the students to gain access to their digital content. Besides the fact that the iPad is getting more and more expensive, most iOS apps that we use are web-based apps, so perfectly to reach from an internet browser on a laptop computer as well. But the main pedagogical challenge that we’ve experienced is that the iPad has access to loads of social media tools such as Snapchat, iMessage etc. which distracts students from the learning process in class and those kind of applications won’t run on a Chromebook.
In my SMART Collaborative Classroom we use the multiple boards for hands-on activities, but when it comes to the 1:1 devices, I use Shout It Out and response 2 in SMART Notebook for cooperation and SMART amp for collaborative activities. They seem really engaged when those two worlds meet.
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- Tips and Experiences for Implementing 1:1 Tech in the Classroom - September 14, 2016
- Getting Started with SMART amp and Google Apps for Education - August 6, 2015