Ipads – a game changer for education?

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Some thoughts on the use of ipads in education. Presentation and discussion with staff at Ngee Ann Polytech, Singapore, on May 5th, 2011.

Some thoughts on the use of ipads in education. Presentation and discussion with staff at Ngee Ann Polytech, Singapore, on May 5th, 2011.

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  • 1. IPADS – A GAME CHANGER FOR EDUCATION?
    Michael Coghlan
    NewLearning
    TAFE SA
    Ngee Ann Polytechnic
    Singapore
    May 5th, 2011
  • 2. WHO AM I?
    Father
    Online Facilitator
    Webhead Co-Founder
    Grandfather
    Photographer
    Educator
    Musician
  • 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanridgway/5660091476/in/contacts/
  • 4. Exactly what is a ‘game changer’?
    A Game Changer:
    Involves a paradigm shift
    Changes the rules about how things are taught/delivered
    Changes the mindset of the players; the types of players that can be involved
  • 5. GAME CHANGER as an educational tool?
    SOME SUGGESTED REASONS
    The iPad is a personal device and reasonably costed
    Users to date are finding that through the use of different apps, students are able to choose the type of product they construct to demonstrate their understanding.
    The abundance of apps and access to information on a vast range of topics allows students to pursue areas they are interested in learning about.
    Notes can be kept in one spot, commented on and available anywhere.
    There is anywhere, anytime access to current information that contains text, sound, images and interactivity. Information is represented with rich multimedia and data visualisation techniques.
    Light and portable, easily carried in the school bag and to and from class.
  • 6. GAME CHANGER as an educational tool?
    Heavy schoolbooks could in time be replaced by virtual eBooks and these can be updated in a timely fashion. Documents and tasks can be uploaded to iBooks by the teacher and downloaded onto the iPad by the student and vice versa. Texts and documents can be annotated and commented on by multiple students and teachers.
    The iPad can be used with peripherals. For example the iPad can be slotted into a case which connects to a full size keyboard for extended periods of writing. There are also a number of other docking options which provide access to a full sixed keyboard. Voice recognition apps can also be useful for inputting large amounts of text and is another option worth investigating.
    iPad is an intuitive device and minimal technical support is required.
  • 7. GAME CHANGER as an educational tool?
    IPAD ONLY
    The touch interface correlates to the technology students use in their everyday life and allows a high level of interactivity.
    A 10 hour battery life means the iPad can be used throughout the entire school day.
    Instant startup of the iPad means greater use of class time for learning.
  • 8. WHERE?
    Adelaide University 1st Year Science
    Walford Anglican School for Girls (High School)
    Deakin University
    Technical and Further Education, South Australia (TAFESA) – Hospitality, Hairdressing
  • 9. DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
    Small scale, conservative approach
    Will evaluate publisher websites and other e-offerings (small number of staff and students)
    Expectations: that after initial excitement students will see ipad as just a ‘very limited computer’, and will just use it to engage in mundane activities like email, Facebook, etc
  • 10. Courtesy of Greg Whitby
  • 11. PARADIGM SHIFTS
    Pedagogy – Educators must shift from didactic models of “teaching” to constructivist models emphasizing “learning”.
    Networking (is not cheating)
    Literacy – Multiliteracy
    Formality – Informality
    Ownership: Proprietary to Open Source
    Sharing – copyright should encourage sharing not stifle it > Creative Commons
    Classification – taxonomic to folksonomic
    See Vance Stevens at http://braz2010vance.pbworks.com/w/page/27979344/PLN
  • 12. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS (Australian VET System)
  • GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES(Higher Education)
    Communication
    Problem solving
    Critical thinking
    Information literacy
    Team work
    Information technology competence
    Cross cultural competence
    Ethical practice
  • 20. The Adelaide University iPad Experiment
    Every student enrolling in 1st year Science in 2011 is given an ipad
    If they are still enrolled beyond the ‘census date’ it becomes theirs to keep
    Ipad launch intended to coincide with a change in delivery method
    10 minute podcast
  • 21. The Adelaide Uni iPad Experiment
    IT as enablers not controllers – enlisted as ‘help’; created dedicated wireless networks for two lecture theatres
    ‘retail model’
    Lots of peer assistance happening of its own accord
    Has already transformed lectures into classes
    Students now automatically sit in groups
  • 22. ISSUES ARISING
    Some PDF docs a problem in Safari; need to
    be checked in advance, or alternative browser
    used (eg Terra)
    Problems with other software (eg My Writing Lab) not working
    Digital Rights Management (DRM): access to subscription journals; Google searches publisher content better than publishers’ apps do!
    Files are inside apps – need another app to manage them egDropbox
    Disability – can help or hinder
    CC image by Leigh Blackall
  • 23. Creative Commons Licensed by http://www.flickr.com/photos/voidobjects/5189806908/in/photostream/
    Macbook Air v iPad
    Turns out that the Macbook is easier & quicker
    for both typing & finding information. More
    screen real estate & better task switching were
    mentioned. Now the iPad is mainly used for
    games and stuff.
  • 24. BACKGROUND/CONTEXT
    Funded by Digital Education Revolution
    (DER; Federal Government)
    No restrictions on net access
    New metrics needed to measure success of trial (school already v successful)
    USE OF IPADS
    2 year lifespan for ipads
    “bring your own Internet” approach to technical support (but have organised tech support with Apple)
    Using Box.net for file storage
    Important that leaders (staff) are seen to be using these tools > staff will be actively engaged in trial
    http://www.walford.net.au/
    IPADS AT WALFORD
    Original CC image from Wesley Fryer
  • 25. IPADS AT WALFORD
    WILL THEY BE A GAMECHANGER?
    Portable, personalised
    Premise is that apps are intuitive, efficient, fast, use fewer resources
    Part of broadening of provision – recognition that students have their own technology, and are used to managing it
    Ipads seen as the initiative to change: “tools for transformation”
    Ipads not proxy friendly
    Goal: all texts will eventually be on ipads(students can expect to use 2 ipadsduring time at secondary school)
    ON THE HORIZON: Mobile me (cloud storage); Thunderbolt – new breed of ‘USB’
  • 26. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEFXZomXs-o&
  • 27. APPS
    Must haves (the Apple family):
    Pages
    Number (spreadsheet)
    Keynote
    iMovie*
    Garageband*
    *Emphasis on creating – even for assessment
    PDF Mark Up Tools
  • 28. APPS
    Audionote
    Good Reader
    printing
    Printopia (defies new paradigm)
    Paper Cut
  • 29. APPS
    Other Possibles:
    Noterize (notetaking; used at another large Adelaide college)
    Browser Duo (split screen – browser and note taking tool)
    Wikihood (Augmented Reality)
  • 30. REFERENCES
    Ipads for Learning - http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/
    Learning blog (with Mike Seyfang) –iPads at Adelaide Uni: http://mseyfang.edublogs.org/
  • 31. MICHAEL COGHLAN
    NEWLEARNING
    mikecogh@gmail.com
    This presentation on the Net at
    slideshare.net/michaelc