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iPad and Networking day – #ipadbridge – review of presentations and discussions – Part 2

This is the second post on the iPad and Networking Day held at the Bridge School on the 23rd March. The link to the first post is here. This post will give a quick overview of the other presentations and discussions that took place in the afternoon.

Jawied Amanyar –QEII Jubilee School – iBooks Author

Demonstrated the use of iBooks Author to create profile books (mibooks) for the students. These would include information about the students under the following categories:

Mistuff – Things that students like doing.

Michoices – interests

Miinetwork- incorporate family and friends

Mireports – curriculum, assessment

Milearning- what are they learning

Miphotos – photos

Mivideos – videos

These mibooks could then be stored on students or teachers iPad’s for easy access to information about the students.

Deborah Moppett – Ickburg School- iPad video

Lovely videos about students encountering the iPad for the first time and how engaged they were with it. Also demonstrated the ease that the students were able to navigate the different menus and apps.

Karen Sells @sellsey – Marlborough School- Using iPads

Presentation on how her school has implemented iPads into their curriculum for SLD and PMLD learners. The trial began with just 6 iPads with the learners leading the learning. Lessons learnt were as follows:

  • Pilot a scheme on a small scale initially.
  • Staff buy-in of great importance to success
  • ICT integration across the curriculum
  • Technical support in place to support devices.
  • Use of the app evaluation tool.

The presentation concluded with some great pictures of students enjoying using the iPad in their lessons.

Ashley Izzard – Five Acre Wood – Using iPads

Five Acre Wood started with 7 iPads and now have 95!! Various uses across the school including:

  • Admin and Assessment in meetings
  • Used to engage students and as a motivator
  • Promoting independence
  • Used with all learners including PMLD
  • Use of the Peppa Pig apps for following verbal instructions and story sequencing

Richard Walker – The Vale – Touch Technologies

The presentation was about all touch technologies including Android and Window devices. Richard started by stating the innovation of touch technology in the form of tablets allowed us, as teachers to bring the technology towards the students and not the other way round. He found that students responded well to the technology; however there were issues with managing multiple devices in terms of app management. Currently in the UK there is no business version of Apple Configurator, which is discounted in the US to allow schools to purchase at a reduced price. Also he felt the camera on the iPad 2 was not particularly good (though this has been improved with the new iPad). Apps he recommended were:

Magic Piano – piano app that is easy for all students to play

Storykit – allows students to create their own stories with the iPad.

Maths age 3 to 5 – activities aimed at P8 –Level 1

Letterschool – an intuitive game to learn all about letters, numbers, writing, counting and phonics.

Madpad – music app that allows you to create music from everyday sounds.

Magic Guitar – guitar app that turns you iPad into a guitar.

Ann Middleton – CENMAC – iPads and Communication

CENMAC is a unique, London-based support service offering assessments, reviews and loan of equipment to help pupils with a disability access the curriculum using assistive technology. They have used iPads in various schools across the city for different uses – communication, mobility etc. Ann mentioned the importance that the devices were used to support teaching and learning and students needed to be assessed to ensure devices were suitable. She talked about the pro and cons of the iPad which have been summed up in the following table:

Pros

Cons

Students more willing to use rather than communication aids.Easy to carryPositive aspects for inclusion

One has broken – not as tough as they are thought to be.Proloquo2go – American voice and lots of editing needed to be effective.Wireless issues.

Use of restrictions

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James Winchester – Oak Grove College – Apps and Blog

My presentation was based around the apps that I have found successful in enhancing teaching and learning. I have included the link to my hand-out below:

Roger Bates – Inclusive Technology – Mountings, Apps, etc.

The presentation looked at the various accessories you can get to improve the accessibility to the iPad ranging from cases to mounts for wheelchairs. For each accessory I have included a link to the relevant webpage on Inclusive Technologies website:

Big Grips – big chunky iPad case, provides good protection and allows users to change position easily.

Apple Configurator – used to manage multiple iPads.

Mounting arms with adapter for the iPad – great for wheelchair users to access the iPad.

Switch interface for the iPad via Bluetooth – allows switch access to control the iPad.

Chooseit apps – these are coming soon, but include apps for literacy, numeracy and science which will be switch accessible.

Discussion groups

In the afternoon, the delegates were split into groups to discuss how the iPad was used but more importantly why it was being used. The discussions were based around the following questions:

  • What makes an outstanding iPad?
  • What can iPads do that other ICT tools can’t?
  • What do iPads do better if so why?
  • What are the strength and weaknesses?

Below is the collection of all discussion notes from the afternoon:

To conclude I thought the day was very informative and would like to say a big thank you to Sally Paveley @sallypav for organising and all of the presenters for given such excellent contributions on the day.

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