Tuesday, February 28, 2012

iPad pilot in the news

Since they were first issued, iPads have drawn the interest of schools curious about how using them in classrooms can benefit students and about what creative opportunities they offer.  As piloteers(can we coin that term?) an important piece of our pilot is sharing our results with other schools who are interested in their own iPad rollouts.   To help with that endeavor and to further our own understanding (and because we are thrilled with the results of our pilot thus far), several of us are sharing the work we've done thus far, both at conferences and in articles.

Upcoming conference presentations include:

If you are interested in reading our recent articles on the pilot, check out Carl Hooker's in TechEdge magazine, and Carolyn Foote's article in Internet @ Schools.

Also, look for more information about our upcoming summer training event/conference, iPadpalooza, taking place here at Westlake on June 19, and cosponsored by TCEA, which is going to be filled with exploration, collaboration, music, creativity and iPadalicious events.  We have just put out a call for proposals for the conference, and more information will be posted on the site soon!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The WIFI pilot in action: observations from a visitor

In January, Westlake hosted a group of visitors from surrounding school districts to view the iPad pilot in action, taking them to visit classrooms and meet with key staff members who handled the implementation of the pilot.

Lisa Johnson, an instructional technologist and iPad app expert, shares her impressions of the visit on her blog, including some interesting interviews with students and an inside look at the use of iPads in a variety of classrooms.

One of the most powerful moments she shared was a conversation with a student, who commented that having the iPad made them feel like the school trusted them to be responsible.   When we invite students as owners in their own learning and technology, they are very responsive to that.  It's something we've witnessed here as students in all types of classes become more responsible at managing their own organizational methods, learning and creating.

Thanks, Lisa, for sharing your impressions!