Today I went to Prior Park College in Bath to attend the Jigsaw24 Apple Conference. They do iPads rather than tablets. And have some pretty cool ideas, offer schools excellent support, do great insurance that covers the gap when pupils don’t pay and sell iPad at the lowest cost I have seen. They genuinely seem to be a friendly and effective bunch of people. We have a contract with them, but I am not sure exactly what for as I write – they deal with our ICT Services Department.
It was few in number but interesting. There was no hashtag. These are just my notes lifted from evernote and edited a little. Please forgive the lack of detail in places and haphazard formatting. My thought on the matters arising will come later following an enlightening walk and a coffee with this lovely man I met there (but cannot remember his name; burning moment of shame) and I need to think about it all a bit more.
- Education manager, apple UK (now a team of 6 people – only 6??).
- iPad can ignite hunger for learning.
- Apple committed and passionate about education.
- All about the teaching and learning and the good learning outcomes.
- Lara ran (still runs??) Regional Training Centres.
- They are there to provide advice and support to any school that wants it.
- Close link to schools.
- Always happy to talk.
- Use resellers like jigsaw but can contact directly.
- All about individuals. Learners. Solve problems. Create.
- Apple Distinguished Educator programme.
- Research. Looking at impact of tech in schools.
- Apple.com uk site has evidence on it. (? https://www.apple.com/uk/education/)
- Hull uni report on research in Scottish schools.
- And Longfield iPad research report listed by NAACE.
- ItunesU. Fantastic free resource. Rich store of material created by top educators in the globe.
- iBooks Author.
- Referencd SAMR & TPACK.
- Free apps now include gband and iMovie.
- But iCloud is the online access winner.
- Apple TV. AirPlay.
- Accessibility. Tools and features.
- Why iPad in education? Lists apps listed above more or less. 95000+ educational apps.
- But, identify key apps to realise your educational vision.
- However, education collections exist to help you browse edu apps. iWork stuff.
- Really about what you do with them and who supports you. RTCs. Apple Professional Development ADP. Resellers.
- Encouraged to make the most of our apple technology. Get fee training from RTC. Consider ADP.
- It is all about excellent teaching and learning.
Film. Apple promo for education. ContacT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike and Paul
- Flagship trainers. A
- Certified APD specialists.Importance of vision and plan course in the apple catalogue.
- SLT course.
- Looking for transformational activities going on in case studies? In the evidence?
- The course looks at how we are going to reach goals, what the goals are and how we might adapt existing plans.
- Planning how to present those ideas to key stakeholders. Staff. Governors. Parents.
- The goal/aim is the third stage. Recommend 1-2-1 deployment. Evidence supports this.First stage. Where to start. (Class sets, cited as the most difficult way to use iPads in school – oh dear). Often felt to be deemed successful mainly because of novelty shiny value – everyone’s excited. There will be struggle. Mike and Paul are here to support us.The second stage can be hard. Difficult second album analogy overused.Discussion points:
- Deployment model. Nigel (teacher presenting later) has done this. Splitting them into smaller groups might be better.
- Technical support demands for class sets that aren’t there for 1-2-1.
- Digital leaders. Staff – cascade existing skills. Largely experiential collaborative learning process. Access on personal basis and in school preferably before using in school.
- Apps. Paid? Which ones and why? Training plan targeting specific departments and apps.
- Road ahead vision. Strategy. Tablets around for a while. We can/should plan their use.
- Course provides opportunities to get hands on devices.
- ItunesU. Looks like nice content for classics dept on there.
- Also interesting resources on iPad in classroom. Subscribed to a couple.
Sarah Paddock. Teacher.
- On twitter.
- From prior Park Prep school. Trial for two months. 1-2-1.
- Made sure infrastructure was good allowing movement between rooms etc.
- Meraki with MDMA and light speed through jigsaw.
- Card free apple IDs for pupils and staff.
- Apps made via requests.
- Student workflow solution achieved via google apps.
- Padagogy wheel mapped to blooms.
- Pupil, teacher and parent surveys before and after trial.
- Parent and pupil meeting before and after.
- Updates throughout the trial.
- Staff twilight training once a week. Including troubleshooting.
- Pupil digital leaders meet once a week.
Ian Barker. Latin teacher
- On twitter.
- Socrative. Loves it for vocab testing.Digital leaders presenting. Helps with dyslexia because of changing text size. Mind maps like popplet. Apps: book creator. Send to iBooks. Showed his books. Signed contract beforehand. No games 12+. Teacher can look at iPad any time. Pic collage. Next DL. Y7. 2 month trial. Very happy at first. Teaching same material in a different way. Socrative again. Latin. Maths.Explain everything in art. Book creator. Complete topics quicker. Own pace. Prep fun.
- The trial has been more successful than they had hoped. Jigsaw were a great support. Buying iPads for all staff in Jan 2014. And then think about pupils for next academic year.
- Questions about Google Drive.sharing folders for each class with subjects in them. Student shares work with teacher which triggers email and prompts marking.Showbie for sharing. Edmodo do as well. Or paid for solutions that give access to network drives on iPads.
Notes from lunch
- BYOD issues because range of devices meant that intimidation for teachers. Not knowing how to get things going/working. Not same apps etc.
- Casper sic. Great means of authentication. Meraki free but bought by Cisco for cloud security tools. MDM might not be sustained.
- Parental purchase. Parents expect usage of device.
- iOS7 seems to create issues with lag when streaming video. Jigsaw said this had never happened on previous OS.
- Also an issue with Apple TVs requiring schools to group these dynamically via Bonjour so you only see those in immediate vicinity.
- Est. 1999. In Europe since 2005. Protecting over one million students in UK.
- Work with all the big players from technical side.
- Three solutions make up mobile learning essentials…
- Manage devices
- Keep safe on internet on school owned devices at home
- Collaborate with MyBigCampus
- Commitment to education
- Educational rich features
- Comprehensive reporting
- Focus on mobility, 1:1 or class sets
- Easy admin, delegate admin down to classroom level.
Mobile device management:
- Hierarchical design. Delegate admin to teachers in classroom to open or close access to resources, e.g. Turn off cameras.
My Big Campus
- Learning platform. VLE but new generation.
- Social networking approach. shared storage. Device apps for access. Public resources, once used on MBC, is categorised and made available through their search engine. Build community of users. Teachers can communicate on EduTalk feature. Linked with web filtering solution so that web access used on site applies. Teacher uses a resource and it’s auto unblocked on school network. Filter works at home as well. Policies granular. Redirects YouTube and Google to education versions. Strict safe search enforced, images blocked are blocked on websites as well. Lockouts for repeat offenders. Email notifications triggered. Overrides is a soft block e.g. Nudity in art will auto trigger reauthentication. Web zones controls what students do on internet in your classroom. White and black list sites possible.
- Video. Samuel Lister Academy. On youtube.
Paul and Mike again
- Accessibility features on iPad. Lots of great things for Progress Centre.
- iBooks. Text book store. Hands on usage of all related features.
- Learning spaces. iPad trolley. Vision tables (flat projection). Idea paint on walls.
- Showed iPad as chopping board video.
- Class set in music.
- Learning. Looking at other schools. Trial. Change perceptions.
- Students. Enjoyed collaboration with google drive and calendar. Independence to get unstuck through web. Find info in seconds when I want it. No incidents of theft or damage, staff embraced project.
- BYOD mainly web based research. Parental concerns around device liability. Teachers did not use them regularly. Not as well liked as iPads.
- Geography stand out subject. More academic progress made compared to control group and Geography used the iPads the most.
- Giving parents iPad options. iPad mini. Ipad2 and iPad air. Bought for FSM pupils.
- Change team. Group of staff tasked with making his happen. Help to launch to parents and helping to develop pedagogy across subject areas. SAMR model wheel.
- Video. Book as new technology.