Taking iPads on camp with 8 year olds

My Year 4s had their first taste of adventure by venturing into Malacca on school residential trip. The children had traditional pencil and paper to record the children's thinking and experiences. But They also had... iPads For those worried about a school camp where the kids were on their devices the whole time, the iPads... Continue Reading →

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The power of iPads – making the unseen visible

One of the joys of using iPhones and iPads in the classroom is the ability to make the unseen visible. At the moment the children are learning about the transfer of energy to different forms. These transfers can be almost impossible to see with the naked eye. While the children might have remember the large... Continue Reading →

iPads – The Thinkers tool #ipadkl

Slide deck from my Presentation on using iPads to make thinking visible from the iPad summit in KL.

Get the technology outside

iPads are made to be taken outside. Children learn all sorts of places and contexts. They need ways to document their experiences, to remix ideas. Where the children are learning the devices need to follow. How are children to learn to care for technology if they are not entrusted with the responsibility? //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

10 tips for managing shared iPads

This was a brief presentation I gave for the elementary teachers at my school on managing iPads in a classroom environment where children are sharing devices.

Where great learning with iPads really starts…

Today was like Christmas at school. Each member of the primary school teaching staff received an iPad mini. For the amount of time and effort we put into technology, the most important person who needs the device first is the teacher. They need to understand what it does, play with it. Then start thinking about... Continue Reading →

There are several apps for that..

"I think skitch would be best... You can add arrows and words" "How about path on.. It looks better..." My Year 4s are at the point where they are deciding their own tools for capturing their learning. They are becoming sophisticated in their choices, understanding there will be more than one tool for the same... Continue Reading →

Students teaching the teachers – the best tech PD comes from kids #ipadkl

One of my jobs in the last few weeks has been to share professional learning back to the other teachers in the school. Way back in September last year I attended the iPad summit ISKL. It's been almost 6 months since the conference, which may seem a long time to go between attendance and feeding back... Continue Reading →

Provocation – Setting the scene for Inquiry

Provocation is a powerful item in the inquiry learning tool box. It sparks confusion, a strong reaction and above all curiosity.  One of the strongest take aways from spending time at the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) was how a strong provocation not only gets kids interested in the concepts but seeing themselves as practitioners in the academic discipline to... Continue Reading →

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