About this seminar
In lecture halls and libraries, on the bus or at the beach, what makes the iPad a good fit for teaching and learning? We'll spend the next couple of weeks thinking about the educational uses of iPads. In addition to this asynchronous forum discussion we have scheduled 2 one-hour sessions in Elluminate each Wednesday at 19:00 GMT (12:00 PDT).
What if you don't own an iPad, you ask? No worries! There's still lots to talk about if you've been thinking about the potential of the iPad or similar mobile computers for learning.
About our facilitator
Brent Lee is one of the busiest people I know! He is an educational technologist and instructional designer in the Teaching and Learning Centre, as well as faculty in the Information Technology and Applied Systems department at Vancouver Island University. He also consults on many projects and is an active software developer.
Participating in SCoPE seminars
SCoPE seminars are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. You are welcome to come and go according to your schedule and interests. To contribute you will need to create an account on the SCoPE site -- a quick process. Are you new to SCoPE or wondering how to manage your participation? Check this resource.
If you're a Diigo or Delicious user be sure to add the tags 'iPad' and 'scopeseminar'. In Diigo also include the SCOPE group.
Off we go! Brent has already kicked off with a couple interesting questions. As always, feel free to start your own discussion threads with new topics as well.
If you have any questions about participating in SCoPE don't hesitate to ask here in the forum, or get in touch with me directly:
Sylvia Currie, scurrie@bccampus, skype:webbedfeat, +1 250-318-2907
This sessions sounds really interesting - unfortunately here in Australia the session is on in the early hours of the morning - so I was wondering if the session could be recorded and the link distributed to those of us who won't be able to make it?
in the announcement it says "2 one-hour sessions in Elluminate each Wednesday at 19:00 GMT (12:00 PDT)" -- but I think you mean 12 PDT and 1:00 GMT -- is that correct? I thought I couldn't make it at 7:00 in the evening as I have a client -- but 1:00 is great. Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers
In it, the author points out that K-7 use could be problematic:
"K-12 adoption is iffy. Why? The iPad doesn’t have native monitoring. “If you are going to give underage students a device which can easily access the Internet for research and other uses, you had better have a way to monitor what they are doing,”
There may be other ways to adapt this for use with K-6, so there can be a workaround to not having native monitoring on iPad.
The iPad is a personal device - to try to lock it into some institutional uniformity is equally silly.
It really does feel like we've stepped back 15 years in relation to access practices and policies in schools when I hear about such undertakings.
My current favourite is Atomic Web which also allows tabbed browsing. It also has the added functionality of letting you choose what browser you want to view it in.
You have the option of choosing from:
- Default - Mobile Safari
- Mobile Safari - iPhone
- Mobile Safari - iPad
- Safari Desktop
- Wap Device
- Firefox 3
- Internet Explorer 6
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 8
There is a quick review here for those interested: http://weeklyipad.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/atomic-web/
Heidi Piltz wrote,
Our school district has a certain level of filtering district-wide, so that theoretically, students will not be able to access certain undesirable websites.
Guess it depends if you get the wifi only ones (which would be on the local network, so have just the same filtering as anything else in the school) or 3G ones - which wouldn't. But I don't imagine many schools would want to pay the 3G connection charges!
It worked well - prohibition was seen as counter-productive and the whole exercise of appropriate and responsible use is undermined if its not possible for a student has the responsibility stripped away.
Education is always a better option.
A very interesting article.
Although the device does not have native monitoring, control and monitoring can still take place at the network level.
In the program that I teach in here at Vancouver Island University, we work with firewalls and solutions to monitor and control networks. With the iPad on a network, we can monitor and control access if needed.
One might argue that the cell phones are already causing this problem in K-12, and that iPads not using a data plan would be easier to control.
Last year, we had an epidemic of cell phones, iPod touch and similar devices (post-Christmas); one teacher, unwilling to spend time monitoring their usage, had her students drop all such items in her "treasure chest", where they stayed until the end of the day.
In the computer lab setting, I encouraged students to test their devices, to see if they could access the resources we were using on the regular computers (World Book online, etc.). We discovered that although they worked wonderfully, and supplemented our limited computer resources quite nicely, one downside was their added burden to the wireless network, particularly video clips or audio.
Clandestine YouTube viewing inside the desks of several intermediate classrooms became an issue for some students and teachers: as a distraction from class work, as a means of viewing inappropriate material, and slowing the wireless network. From my perspective as the computer teacher, I could usually tell when this occurred, due to the effect on the rest of the computers in the school. Unless the wireless networks (and the pipelines coming into the school) are sufficiently upgraded, iPads will add to the network traffic jam.
At present, this could be a bigger problem than content for iPad use, where I am teaching. iPads may be easier to monitor in a friendly way, as they are much larger than their smaller cousins - plus their desirability may inspire students to cooperate by "playing by the rules", in exchange for the privilege of using one. This won't last, but is probably good for a few years, anyway!
Rich engaging learning activites and strong posiptive relationships with students will normally see most of their efforts invested in learning activiteis... We all check our email, pay our bills and stay in touch with friends and family during the working day, why do we think students wouldn't want the same??
Reasonable expectations breed success...
One of my goals as a senior teacher, is to gently coax those colleagues with strong Luddite tendencies, towards feeling comfortable with 21st century technology.
Why not put out a challenge to the UTubers, "Find me a resource for this class" I'll bet you will be impressed with what surfaces and it's a great opportunity for them to increase their literacy about what is available beyond entertainment.
I just had a peek at their login page - will we be logging in with our SCoPE name and password?
What technology do I need to participate? Can I use my MacBook?
I just want to be ready, since I don't want to miss any of it by fumbling around trying to get logged in at the last minute.
When you log into Elluminate just put your first and last name. Sometimes people add their location, like this:
Sylvia Currie, British Columbia
Recently I've noticed people also add their twitter ID, which is handy.
Your MacBook should be just fine. For first time users I recommend going to this page ahead of time: http://www.elluminate.com/support
I'll be in the room by 11:30 PDT so feel free to come in early and we can make sure everything is working for you.
See you there!
Nice pics of the kids (including some of the smallest) using their iPads on the school website
In the third paragraph past the abstract Mott and Wiley caution us, "that the failure of technology to transform learning stems from a preoccupation with "the tactical implementation of specific technologies which often simply automate the past"."
The iPad is a cool tool. Is it the tool?