iPad Technology GrantProject Leader:Stephen SchawalderProject Grade Levels:Grades 9-12Project Subject Matter:SpanishProject Goals:The teacher will more efficiently collect and utilize data in lesson planning and execution. Therigor of the curriculum will be enhanced through higher order thinking skills, problem solvingand group work. Collegial collaboration will be increased through shared use of the iPads.These goals align with the Mission Statement of the WCPS World Language Program: CAPABLE:Communication and Cultural exploration throughAuthentic tasks and themes that areProficiency-basedAcross disciplines, WCPS World LanguageBuilds global connections andLiteracy skills toEngage 21st Century learners.Project Description:• Use iPads to create collaborative small group activities in Spanish that engage three learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.The learning styles and needs of students require tactile, visual, and auditory experiences.Students need practice and repetition with the many concepts that are part of learning Spanish.Students gain from working together, guided by a teacher, and yet they also need the leeway towork at their own individual speed and developing skill level. Based on the experiences ofeducators in this country and around the world, I would like to implement iPads as a learningdevice that can provide unique and rich learning experiences for this age group.• Use seamless technology that is a manageable size and involves minimal distractions.The intuitive quality of the iPad, with its manageable size and touch screen operation, makes ita tool that students learn to use quickly and easily. This allows teachers and students to focus
on content and activities, rather than on the technology. An iPad starts up in approximatelythirty seconds, has an eight hour battery life, and is lightweight enough for any student tohandle it. This makes it an easy tool to work with throughout the school day without frustrationor failure.• Purchase a class set of student iPads for this pilot program.I propose to purchase 30 iPads along with relevant educational applications. This will provide aset of iPads to share between the two Spanish classrooms for student use.• Use dedicated CFIP time to train teachers and plan the integration of iPads in the current Spanish curriculum.During our regular CFIP team, the two Spanish teachers will work together to explore theapplications currently made for this age group, learn from schools currently implementingiPads, and design a curriculum plan to integrate iPads for small group work throughout theschool yearCurricular Context and Rationale:We propose to follow the lead of many schools in this country and around the world that areeffectively using iPads as tools for learning in education. Until now, students at Clear SpringHigh only have access to technology through their teacher’s use of a laptop, document camera,and LCD projector. Students have access to one computer lab, one set of computers in ourlibrary, and one laptop lab. The iPad offers an opportunity to enhance our students’ learningwith the direct and effective use of an easy to use and highly interactive technology tool.Although iPads are relatively new to schools, there are many examples of successful integrationof iPads. Please see the list of resources below.• Classroom ideas for learning with the iPad - http://www.edgalaxy.com/storage/IPAds%20for %20Learning%20Getting%20Started.pdf• Some sample lessons - https://sites.google.com/site/ipadined/sample-lessons• A collection of tips for teachers using iPads - http://www.diigo.com/user/Cnansen/iPadTips• A sample iPad user policy - http://www.gfw.k12.mn.us/school183/images/files/gfw_ipad_policy.pdf• Broad list of resources on iPad use - http://www.educause.edu/tags?filters=tid:37605• One of many app-review sites - http://www.edgalaxy.com/teaching-apps/2010/6/7/5-ipad- apps-for-busy-teachers.htmlThe iPad as a Learning Tool:
Students will be able to work in multiple modalities (tactile, visual, and auditory) that willmotivate them to practice new concepts and enhance their ability to share their thinking andlearning. The applications written for this age group include immediate feedback that motivateseither correcting mistakes or moving forward to new challenges.Here are just a few examples of ways in which the current curricular goals in Spanish can beindividualized, met and enhanced with the use of the iPad.:• Voice recording capabilities to facilitate storytelling, creating class-made audio books in the, and sharing a student’s thinking about a project or drawing.• Drawing programs with a wide range of tools that can be managed with a fingertip• A listening center on the go when loaded with audio files and podcasts. Read and record your voice reading stories you want your students to read and listen to.In addition, teachers will be able to develop a digital portfolio of student work to share withparents, creating a clearer and more comprehensive view of the child and his/her progress inschool.The iPad as Age-Appropriate Technology:The iPad’s design enables collaborative group experiences because as a slate, it has a moreopen format than a laptop. It is also light and, with only one navigation button, it is lesscomplicated for less-experienced students to manage.Alignment to Standards:With the use of the iPads, all Maryland State Curriculum World Languages standards will all beaddressed. This is possible through the various ways the iPad will be routinely used to enhancethe curriculum as outlined above. As part of an everyday routine, the teacher is able to changethe content while still engaging students.In addition to following the World Language standards, the following Common Core standardswill be addressed: • English W.9-10.6 & W.11-12.6, Science and Technical Subjects WHST.9-10.6, & WHST.11-12.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically. • English SL.9-10.5 & SL.11-12.5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphic, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence to add interest.
Assessment/Evaluation Plan:• Data will be used daily to determine in-class groupings for differentiated centers• Data will be used weekly to determine students’ retention of the material• Data will be used every 1-2 weeks to determine mastery of the content and whether re- teaching is required• Data will be used annually to determine students’ mastery of Maryland State and Common Core StandardsProfessional Assessment of iPad Integration: Category Poor - 1 Good - 2 Excellent - 3 Frequency of use iPads are used less iPads are used 2-3 iPads are used 4-5 than 1 time a week times a week in times a week in in Spanish Spanish Spanish Collaboration Teachers do not Teachers meet Teachers meet bi- meet to discuss the monthly to discuss weekly to discuss use of iPads and use of the iPads the use of the iPads student work and student work and student work Feedback to Students do not Students receive Students receive Students receive feedback feedback feedback (conferencing, (conferencing, digital digital comments/feedbac comments/feedbac k, online self- k, online self- assessments less assessments at than once a week least once a week Student Progress Students make less Students make a Students make than a 5% gain on 5% gain on their more than a 5% the benchmark benchmark scores gain on their scores benchmark scoresCollaboration & Dissemination of Project to Colleagues:If we were to receive the iPad technology grant, we would not only be able to share thetechnology learning and our experience with our school’s onsite faculty and staff, but also withthe teachers at the other WCPS network schools through network meetings and curriculumwork.Currently, we meet bi-weekly as a departmental team to discuss student work and teachingstrategies. If we were to receive this grant, we would meet bi-week to continue the above, but
also discuss our technology integration and schedules for sharing the materials (ie, how to passthem from room to room, how and when to charge the iPads, use of the projector, studentassignments for each iPad, student expectations and routines for handling the iPads). Each meeting will have a specified agenda and meeting notes with “next steps.” The meetingsagendas will include not only “bookkeeping” items (such as the material routines listed above),but also identify points on the rubric above to evaluate our technology integration.Additionally, we will analyze student assessments from the assessment chart above to reflecton our use of the technology and our instruction and consider if anything needs to be adjustedto better serve the students and utilize the iPads.Additionally, we will request a slot during a PD day towards the end of the year to present ourwork and findings with the school. At this point, we will describe our experience, successes andfailures utilizing anecdotal records, student work samples and data. All rubrics created,assessment templates, graphic organizers, routine protocols, etc will be shared and evaluatedin whole and small groups with our school and network.Our grade level, school and network all put a high priority and emphatic focus on ourprofessional learning community. We are constantly discussing, reflecting on and evaluating ourpractices and students’ progress. The iPad grant will give our community another branch onwhich to grow and help us to become better educators in the 21st century.