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Currently there are three models for the iPad classroom. The one-iPad classroom. The student-owned device, bring your own device, it's called BYOD. And finally, the school-owned iPad. It can either be personal, or institutional. In the One-iPad classroom, it is literally the teacher and probably 25 students with one iPad. It's best done with a laptop and a WiFi network for syncing. In order to have a one-iPad classroom, it's important to discuss sharing the iPad with the students and to come up with rules and time management for that. Often the teacher projects and demos from the Ipad. But the teacher can also setup a campfire style and work in small groups. The teacher can assign the iPad to a group of students. They can go off and work on a project.
Its a project based learning approach. And its important to rotate through the teams and set time limits. the teacher can also pass the iPad from student to student. For example, reading or recording for narration, where the student says their name at the beginning and then records some important information or a response. Again, setting up a rotation schedule will make it much, much better for everyone. Some teachers do student drawings, you can actually win a day with the iPad. The way I've heard the system working the best is the teacher does a drawing.
If there are 25 students there are 25 numbers. And every student pulls a number and that's the day they are assigned. And when that rotation is completed they start again with a new drawing. For small groups, the teacher leads, passes the iPad to the students. And, again, makes sure that there's equal time for sharing. There are a lot of techniques for a one iPad classroom. You have to be a little bit more strategic. You can use it for your own personal management of the class or for doing projects with your students, calendars, group annotation.
Class blog, archiving, capturing webpages, group reading or group activities, collaborative ebooks. Actually setting up a class researcher just like we use to go to the dictionary at the back of the room. For historical references, for magazines, for newspapers, for field trips. And often used techinique is to let each student in the class have a chance to take photos, to make videos, and to do voice narration. And then when they get back to the classroom, put that together to make a multi-media piece. Quizzes and flash cards, and I've even heard of teachers communicating with apps and students synchronously or asynchronously.
And the rest of the class gets to see that student in video chat. Brain storming is always great. Then, the old reliables of DropBox, GoodReader, VoiceThread. Any kinds of applications that sync with the laptop or the Cloud. I'd like to show you a couple of internet sites. In Elementary Ed Tech, the teachers actually created some data about the uses of a single iPad classroom. Whether it was for projection, or gathering it around, or passing it around. And then they gave some different systems and strategies for making it equitable amongst the students. In Elizabeth's blog, she goes into quite a bit of detail on her strategies and gives you some really specific examples of how to implement the one iPad classroom.
She goes through the set up and projection, then she talks about finding apps. And then she puts some of her favorite apps for communicating and sharing. It's a great blog and a great way for a teacher to get up and running in a one-iPad classroom. The second model is the student owned device model, or what is currently being called, BYOD, bring your own device. In this model, the user, the student and or the family purchases the iPad.
The user owns the content and manages the account. It is important for the school to communicate to the student and to the parents, what apps are needed for specific courses and lessons at that school. The school provides WiFi, AirPlay enabled printers and projection solutions. Some of the models I've heard to make this accessible to all the families include . There's buying the iPad outright or loaning the iPad from the school to the family or the student for a fixed amount of money that covers the insurance if it's lost or stolen.
And finally leasing the iPad in small monthly increments. So during the duration of the tenure of the student whether it's four, six or two years the student and the family actually pay off the cost of the iPad. In the third model, the school-owned device model, there's two ways I've seen it used. There's the personal ownership model and the institutional ownership model. In the institutional model, it's usually a one on one classroom set. In the personal ownership model it's a one on one as well. The school-owned iPad is supplied to each student in the program. And the student has 24/7 access to the iPad and can take it freely to school and from home.
This cost of the iPad is usually rolled into the tuition, where the fees that are attached with that class or that school. The user owns the account, the content, and manages the account. The most popular, and what I see the fastest growing model being used by many, many schools across the country from K through 12 and in higher ed, is the Institutional ownership model. Where the school actually provides a classroom set of iPads, so that every student has access to an iPad, but only in the classroom setting.
Content from both the user and the institution can coexist on this device. All iTunes accounts and apps are managed and synced by the institution. The students do not use their personal iTunes account. In this model, there is typically a manager of the volume purchasing program that you can get through Apple. You can purchase apps with purchase orders, the volume vouchers, credit cards, pc cards, or Paypal accounts. The teachers check out the iPad classroom, anywhere from a day to an entire semester, to an entire school year.
The teacher needs to feel comfortable with integrating technology in the program. And to be able to actively demonstrate that they're using the devices for teaching and learning within their program. I highly suggest that the classroom space be flexible and adaptable. Tables and chairs work much better than theater rows. In the 3 models, take the time to examine and explore the functions of the iPad within your classroom and your curriculum and your institution. You, your colleagues and staff will determine what model to implement.
With a plan, an implementation in place, the teacher is ready for creating a learning environment for the iPad classroom. The opportunities to refresh and infuse your teaching in your class will make using the iPad fun. And allow you to bring flexibility, versatility, mobility, portability, adaptability and agility to your classroom. It's also a chance to focus again on learning goals that promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and creation of student centric learning environments.
- Exploring common device ownership models
- Using iPads with a learning management system (LMS)
- Downloading apps
- Setting up the master sync
- Projecting from an iPad
- Printing with AirPrint
- Sharing content with Dropbox
- Creating an iPad photo gallery
- Browsing the web
- Exploring the world with Maps