Below is a Prezi that I have been working on as part of my CAS Master training. It is a simple presentation aimed at KS2 to introduce the Binary 'Base 2' counting system. I would love you have feedback to see what you all think! It would be used alongside a class teacher
I have been using Android tablets in my classroom for the last 2 years and through doing this alone have learned through trial and error. I have been trying my hardest to inspire schools in my cluster to consider buying tablets purely for their price and usability.
Having worked with a range of schools to support their implementation of tablets a few questions have sprung up. Will they be used effectively or will they just become a tool to use "Google"? How will I ever find the time to plan for these?
My one piece of advice when considering using tablets in your school is think outside of the box! Don't do what I used to do and spend hours looking for an App that might have a tenuous link to your normal school planning. Try to alter slightly your way of planning and instead find an App that you think would engage the children, and then plan a unit of work based around that App. You will have the children engaged from the start by introducing a new, fun App but you will also be able to introduce the use of ICT within cross curricular activities.
An example would be my use of Augmented Reality Apps mentioned earlier on my blog. I found that App at home one weekend and instantly spent the rest of the day playing with all the different features. To just teach children to use the App would have been a 20 minute lesson and then that's it. I instead thought of ways that I could use it within different subjects to engage and inspire my learners.
The problem comes when you give the tablets to a non-computational thinker, someone who technology does come easy to, what do they do? They need support! We cannot expect everyone to easily pick up this new technology straight away but we can help to guide them in the right direction. One thing the teachers in my school have found most helpful is having just 5 minutes in a staff meeting to share Apps we have found and brain storm ways that they can be used within different year groups and subjects.
I would love to hear your opinions on the subject!
Below is a presentation I recently made to try and demonstrate how your computer finds the data for web pages that you view, it is amazing the journey it travels! Please feel free to use or share!
As tablets are becoming more common place in education so more schools are buying into new hardware. I have been working in a small rural school for a few years and this has taught me that the ICT school budget is almost non-existent! One of my main concerns is that I have seen a few schools who have jumped on to the Ipad bandwagon, have spent thousands on hardware and are now not sure how they are going to implement them through their school infrastructure. When contemplating purchasing new equipment there are a few things to take into account...
I have seen many schools using Ipads in a variety of ways, from a class set used daily to a single device in a classroom. There is a wealth of fantastic APP's out there that can be used in so many ways but I personally feel that their limits far outweigh their benefits. Apple are keen to make these fantastic products that all will use but make it very hard for you to personalise the device, meaning it is hard to set the device up for your school network settings and file systems. One thing that Ipads do well is just work! You can download an APP on and Ipad and you just know that it will work! But with the cost of an Ipad ranging from £300 upwards I feel as though schools are wasting money if they are just used for word processing or internet research!
I have been using Android tablets in my class for the last 2 years and have seen the benefits instantly, not just with the childrens academic ability but with the improvement to my teaching style. I have found that Android tablets have been easy to set up on the network and when rooted can access all of the schools network and file systems through free APPs. Another benefit of an Android device is the price, I bought ours for £99 so we were able to have 10 in class for a fraction of the cost of Ipads! One negative point of the tablets is the ability for them to go wrong, some APPs just dont seem to want to work well on certain devices and this does sometimes cause problems in class, but with abit of a discussion with the children they are soon able to troubleshoot the problem and get the APP working.
One thing I would suggest before spending your whole budget on tablet devices is do your research, make sure that you are buying for the right reason and that they will be used in your school! My main advice is don't buy these expecting for your whole teaching style to change or for your classroom to become something that it isn't. Take your time to introduce the devices trying one new thing at a time so you build your confidence as the children do. Also, don't plan a se