Bonnie Ahles is currently head of Library at Lilydale High School. Previously she was the Project Co-ordinator for the Yarra Valley eLearning Community. Pennie White is the iPad Coordinator at Lilydale High School and has worked as an Ultranet Coach, in tertiary education and involved in many high profile projects.
Our current iPad program is for students at Year 7 & 8. It is an ‘opt in’ program but about 96% of students have iPads.
Access to laptops all Year 7 & 8 students !
Our BYOD policy for students in Years 9 to 12 can be found on the school website.
The iPads have been a ‘game changer’ for us because the students always bring them and they are always charged and ready to go. We do not allow students to charge their iPads at school at all. The fact that the iPads are ‘instantly on’ encourages teachers to use them for short tasks as opposed to the other devices that take quite a long time to start up and connect to the network.
Humorous video showing students how to look after their iPads.
Our in-house professional development has a curriculum focus, not device or software specific. Many of our common assessment tasks take advantage of the fact that the students have access to high quality subject specific apps.
The Year 7 ICT class ensures the students know how to use their iPad and apps effectively so the classroom teacher can focus on the teaching and learning.
The library conducts a 5 lesson integrated unit of skills which focus on using the iPad effectively as a research tool.
Introduced QR codes (Quick Response) as they are a real life application that students will be using on a daily basis.
The introductory activity included 10 famous buildings and the QR codes were linked to an online quiz. The QR code took students to a website and they had to scan the information to find specific information about each landmark building.
The students used the free app ‘Scan’ to complete this exercise.
The students then went on to create their own mystery QR adventure where they use Trip Advisor and a QR code generator to complete virtual tours.
We have also used QR codes to support specific assignments. The advantage of using QR codes instead of weblinks is that they are quick to access and students do not make errors typing in web addresses.
Our introductory activity for Augmented Reality was using String and Live Butterflies. We printed out the target pictures from www.poweredbystring.com
Students created their own Augmented Reality by creating an Animoto video (they have the Animoto app) and then creating an ‘aura’ in Aurasma to create the trigger for their video.
Our school goal is to create an e-rich environment to support a blended learning model. The iPads/ tablet devices allow us to do this much more easily than notebooks. We also are moving to a model where the devices used by students are the responsibility of the student, not the school.
Our technicians do very little work with the iPads. We have support staff (not computer trained, just skilled in iPad trouble shooting) to support students as required.
Our list of required apps can be found on the Lilydale High School website.
We hope to move away from textbooks and replace many topics and units with apps.
These pictures truly are indicative of the way the students interact and work whilst using the devices.
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Learning and Teaching with Technology Gender MattersIntegrated iPad Curriculum: From iPassports to QR Code Adventures Bonnie Ahles & Pennie White Lilydale High School
Almost 2000 studentsApproximately 140 teachers10 labs of differing configurationsOver 900 iPadsiPad Coordinator and support staffAuthentic whole school use of ICTwhole school focus
Technology Timeline 2004 - 2007 Yarra Valley eLearning Community Collaborative Notebook Program Introduction of LMS (Studywiz) eLearning coaches Infrastructure funding -Open Source Software
Technology Timeline 2008 -2010 Optional Program Personal devices(ACER Netbook or MacBook) Netbooks for loan Purchased by school and paid for by Parents Continued spending on infrastructure
Technology Timeline 2011 – 2012 iPad Program iPads purchased through school or by parents End of lease machines replaced with BYOD policy
Important Lessons Infrastructure & reliability Battery life Choice of devices and price points Curriculum andTechnical support
Professional Development Provided an iPad for Year 7 & 8 teachers Provided iTunes voucher for staff who purchased their own iPads In-house – PD Week each term Weekly Digital Resource Newsletter Just-in-time model (Librarians to classroom to assist teachers) KLA meetings
Curriculum Development All Year 7 students have one class of ICT each week All Common Assessment Tasks 7-10 take technology into account All work and dates posted on Studywiz (LMS)