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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.

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    • IPADS – A GAME CHANGER FOR EDUCATION?
      Michael Coghlan
      NewLearning
      TAFE SA
      Ngee Ann Polytechnic
      Singapore
      May 5th, 2011
    • WHO AM I?
      Father
      Online Facilitator
      Webhead Co-Founder
      Grandfather
      Photographer
      Educator
      Musician
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanridgway/5660091476/in/contacts/
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • WHERE?
      Adelaide University 1st Year Science
      Walford Anglican School for Girls (High School)
      Deakin University
      Technical and Further Education, South Australia (TAFESA) – Hospitality, Hairdressing
    • 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
    • Courtesy of Greg Whitby
    • 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
    • EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS (Australian VET System)
      • Communication
      • Teamwork
      • Problem Solving
      • Initiative and Enterprise
      • Planning and Organising
      • Self-management
      • Learning
      • Technology
    • GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES(Higher Education)
      Communication
      Problem solving
      Critical thinking
      Information literacy
      Team work
      Information technology competence
      Cross cultural competence
      Ethical practice
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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’
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEFXZomXs-o&
    • APPS
      Must haves (the Apple family):
      Pages
      Number (spreadsheet)
      Keynote
      iMovie*
      Garageband*
      *Emphasis on creating – even for assessment
      PDF Mark Up Tools
    • APPS
      Audionote
      Good Reader
      printing
      Printopia (defies new paradigm)
      Paper Cut
    • APPS
      Other Possibles:
      Noterize (notetaking; used at another large Adelaide college)
      Browser Duo (split screen – browser and note taking tool)
      Wikihood (Augmented Reality)
    • REFERENCES
      Ipads for Learning - http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/
      Learning blog (with Mike Seyfang) –iPads at Adelaide Uni: http://mseyfang.edublogs.org/
    • MICHAEL COGHLAN
      NEWLEARNING
      mikecogh@gmail.com
      This presentation on the Net at
      slideshare.net/michaelc