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Deploying iPads at genazzano p 4 2013 considerations challenges and lessons learned

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This is a copy of my presentation given at the 2013 VITTA & ICTEV 2013 conference

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Deploying iPads at genazzano p 4 2013 considerations challenges and lessons learned

  1. 1. Slide title here Mr Nathan Hutchings Director of Information and eLearning Technologies iPads from Prep to 4 • Considerations • Challenges • Lessons learned
  2. 2. The Genazzano iPad Program • Every prep to year 4 student has an iPad • total of 86 devices • The iPads stay at school • However, each student gets their own for the whole year • iPads complement and support existing teaching and learning • Pedagogy drives teaching and learning, NOT the technology
  3. 3. The Genazzano iPad Program • Tactile interfaces are ideal for young learners • Apps used • Story creator • endless alphabet • Jumbled sentences • speak-a-boo • School A to Z • Show me
  4. 4. The Genazzano iPad Program • Teachers display what is on their iPad directly to the board from anywhere in the room • Teachers demonstrate directly or ask a student to share their learning
  5. 5. Considerations • Giving time for teachers to experiment • Teachers issued device before roll out • Not every teacher is drawn to using IT • Devices are used in a balanced manner, appropriate to this Stage of Learning – a time of great exploration, discovery and joy • Genazzano is a school not a sales channel for Apple or any other IT company
  6. 6. Challenges • Some teachers unfamiliar with iPads • Concerns that device will drive pedagogy rather than pedagogy driving the use of the device • Imaging the devices • This process was much harder than initially thought • Initially teachers had long lists of apps which cluttered the interface • Charging and storage cabinets very expensive • Manufactured our own cabinets and saved considerable funds
  7. 7. Lessons learned • Give teachers the flexibility to deploy apps to devices in their class • PD to be delivered by teachers to teachers if possible within school
  8. 8. The Genazzano iPad Program Nathan Hutchings Director of Information and eLearning Technologies Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanHutchings

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