Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Are We Really Evaluating the Use of iPads in Our Classroom

One of the things we need to be doing as educators is to critically evaluate the resources and learning experiences that we provide for our students. This is even more important when we are spending vast sums of public money to implement new or innovative hardware devices into our schools. At the moment only short term studies have been released showing the benefits or not of using 1:1 tablet programs.  There are few that are easily accessible to teachers or that outline specific strategies for implementing tablet programs.

It would good to create a collection of these if people are aware of them. Send them through and I will add them to this article. These could even be cited when making the argument for implementing such programs.

Here are some of references to existing research that I found interesting.

http://ipadpilot.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/research-and-evaluation-a-work-in-progress/

http://www.leishman-associates.com.au/ascilite2011/downloads/papers/Brand-full.pdf

http://www.nngroup.com/reports/mobile/


This site has a collection of links to what other research institutions are also doing:
http://researchguides.dartmouth.edu/teachingwithipads


Articles:
http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/09/06/ipads-make-better-readers-writers.aspx

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/02/02/evaluating-the-ipad-for-education.aspx

http://www.convergemag.com/classtech/iPad-Studies-Abilene-Christian.html

This issue will become more of a requirement as legislators start to ask educator to justify continued financial support of such programs and as parents and the community ask to see evidence of the benefits of these changes to their children's schooling. Some people have started this process.



As a start we should be evaluating the apps we chose to use with our students. Kathy Schrock's has started to put together a couple of scaffolds for doing just this. Her site, always a source of fantastic resources has a great section on iPads.

Another fantastic is resource is Apps+Taskonomy. The guys at Balancedtech have put together this PD Session that could be completed by anybody in their own school. They have hyperlinked all the necessary resources into the PD material. They also have a plethora of iPad resources on their site.







Another interesting reflection can be found at The Staffroom HQ. Written by Aiden Levy a Yr 6 teacher. He loves to constantly evaluate his programs and lessons in order to increase the integration of technology and at the forefront of his mind is the iPad and its application in the classroom. He has also provided a sample Evaluation Form






5 comments:

  1. You might be interested in our PD activity designed to get teachers thinking carefully about the apps they select:

    http://balancedtech.wikispaces.com/Apps+Taskonomy

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  2. Don't forget the evaluation of integration from teachers - this article explains 5 reasons why it's invaluable www.staffroomhq.com - there's also a sample evaluation form too!

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    1. Thanks Aiden,
      Saw your article today, I thought it was excellent, very concise. Happy to put a link here if you are OK with that.
      Cheers

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  3. For some evidence from the field, eSpark learning (esparklearning.com) has been working with teachers to develop personalized iPad based learning programs and curriculum for K-8 students. We have had impressive results with our 8-week supplemental program where kids increased by more than a grade level of performance. We also provide PD services for using iPads in the classroom.

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  4. This is even more important when we are spending vast sums of public money to implement new or innovative hardware devices into our schools.

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