Embedded iPad Skills and Focuses

iPads for learning

A huge range of learning can be enabled or enhanced with the use of iPads. So what are some of the skills required  for this to happen? Here are some iPad-specific skills and focuses we would like to see used within all sorts of learning outcomes.

AIMS:

  • To enhance and enrich learning with the appropriate use of technology.
  • To develop authentic student and staff skills and abilities enabling a wide range of possible tasks.
  • To prepare our students for the world with valuable skills.
  • To highlight some of what is possible with iPads.
  • To be transparent and share our learning journey as we do this.
  • To set minimum expectations for our students so that tasks can be set knowing that the students can undertake the task.

HOW:
The skills lessons are to be embedded into current class and coursework material for each of years 5 to 9, spread across subject and course materials. The lessons are differentiated with options for groups or individuals that may have already covered the content.

The Skills and Focuses Overview:

Note that a typed version of the main categories and content is below along with links to pages or posts as they become active.


Main Themes:

  • Access
  • Responsibilities
  • Content creation
  • Consistency

Goal Content Areas:

  • Responsibilities and setup
  • Learning Management Systems -Schoology in our case
  • Storage, Access, Backup, Collaboration and Sharing – Office365 in our case
  • Content Creation
  • iPad Apps
  • Online Tools
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Research
  • Creativity

Content Goal Further Skill breakdown:

  • Note taking
  • Better presentations and presenting
  • Movie Clips
  • Audio clips / podcasts
  • Multi-media presentations
  • Posters and Brochures
  • Digital Books
  • Graphics
  • Web Publishing

Lessons to Achieve these goals: (specific subjects are being added as we run sessions)

Going Further – enhancing learning outside of the classroom:

  • Competitions – internal and external
  • Clubs and groups
  • Showcases
  • Excursions/Incursions
  • Student voice

We would love to hear your thoughts . . ...