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Gearing Up to Mobile Learning


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Staff at Sir Jonathan North worked on a project using iPads as a staff development tool, in order to integrate mobile technology into classroom practice. The project also included the involvement of Year 7 (aged 11-12) and Year 9 (aged 13-14) student groups, which were established to support students in developing their independent learning skills alongside their use of ICT.

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Gearing Up to Mobile Learning

  1. 1. Gearing Up to Mobile Learning Peter Guthrie Sir Jonathan North Community College
  2. 2. Aims of the project • Prior to the large deployment of iPads within the school as part of the BSF implementation we wanted to upskill our staff to be able to use them effectively from day one
  3. 3. Challenges • Staff unwilling to experiment with technology • Need to experiment with technical architecture • Limited budget
  4. 4. Our strategy • Staff training for all • Budgets for each team • New technologies innovation group to lead practice and feed into team meetings • Fleet of iPads for staff to take home and play
  5. 5. What hurdles have we had to overcome? • Wi-fi and networks • EMPSN • Licenses • Data protection • Saving work
  6. 6. Successes • All teachers are trained in how to use an iPad to enhance teaching and learning • A core group are consistently using their iPads in lessons and very keen to get them out this year • Nearly at the point of deploying e-textbooks to reduce book costs • 10 teachers trained to create iBooks to reduce printing costs • Over half of the teaching staff has borrowed an iPad over an extended period
  7. 7. Most successful apps • Coach’s Eye o Used in PE, Dance and drama o Can help in analysing movement and many other areas • Comic Life o Used across the school to make engaging comic books
  8. 8. Where next? • We need to build on our successes and integrate apple TV installation, good work in learning development • Reduce printing costs through iBooks • Introduce innovation sessions in briefing, team meeting slots for new technologies specialists