iPad and “Bring Your Own Device” Initiatives

“A World of Learning, Here at Home” E-mail from a Pine City Staff member:
Hello Last Sunday they had a clip on ‘60 Minutes’ about teaching with iPads with autistic students. I started using one of the iPad's as a motivator for a 6th grade student who had 284 behavior errors (physical errors such as hit, kick to staff) the first 3 weeks of school. This last week with the iPads he had only 11. What a huge deceleration. I will send you the chart for a visual. So, the iPads are making a huge difference in behaviors here, THANKS!!

Since they were first introduced into the Pine City Schools reading curriculum with the use of Federal Special Education funds, iPads have proven to show promise as devices that motivate and engage students. As we know, our students are “digital natives” and not only very comfortable using technology, but as we have seen are reinvigorated and inspired by using technology. This has also placed the responsibility and opportunities of learning back into their own hands. Studies show, though, that many technology initiatives in schools have failed in the past because of a lack of attention to key education success measures (assessment growth, increased attendance, improved graduation rate, etc.), implementation factors (wi-fi, appropriate security, bandwidth capacity, etc.), and best practices. We are attempting to address this new technology initiative of placing mobile devices in the hands of students to increase student achievement in a coordinated, wellplanned manner. We are also constantly exploring ways to achieve this at the greatest cost effectiveness. At this stage we have implemented an extremely successful pilot program in junior high reading and have expanded that to use in other special education classes. We have also purchased additional devices, all iPads currently, to be checked out by teachers and a minimal classroom set that teachers use in non-special education classes. The feedback we have received has been very positive and is leading us to the conclusion that further implementation would be a positive step for our students. To be successful, we will need to implement this initiative with as much fidelity as possible. The chart to the right from ProjectRed shows the difference proper implementation can make.

What the Research is Showing Us
Research is new, but very promising about the use of mobile devices in the classroom. The Chicago Public Schools has conducted extensive research. Below are excerpts showing their results:
• • • • • • • 99%  of  teachers  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  the  quality  and  frequency  of  differentiated  materials  and  lessons.   82%  of  iPad  teachers  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  increase  student  engagement,  including  increased  completion  of  homework,   increased  time  on  task,  and  heightened  motivation  and  confidence.     92%  of  iPad  teachers  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  increase  students’  21st  century  skills.   76%  of  iPad  teachers  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  increase  student’s  academic  achievement.   75%  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  increase  reading  fluency.   77%  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  using  iPads  helped  increase  performance  on  formative  and  summative  assessments.   Of  the  1,141  student  respondents,  90%  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  iPads  make  school  more  interesting  or  enjoyable,  94%  strongly  agreed  or   agreed  that  iPads  improved  internet  research,  and  90%  strongly  agreed  or  agreed  that  iPads  make  them  feel  more  confident  about  school  and   lessons  learned.  

The majority of Chicago students made significant increases in their math scores across the three administrations of the NWEA test during the 2011 school year, in some cases outperforming the district average by 29%. Other research has shown similar results.

Teacher Presence on the Web, Other Technology Used in the Classroom
In addition to the adoption of devices, teachers have been expanding the presence of coursework on the web. The high school currently requires all lesson plans to be completed digitally and housed on the website ‘Planbook.’ High school and

school board meetings. paperwork and paper/copy costs have decreased through the increased use of mobile devices. and Scholastic Reader are becoming integral parts of our curriculum. but we will attempt to meet as many needs as possible.-. The “Guide” refers to the teaching method of allowing the students to explore topics and gain understanding of the information with the aid of instructors who help kids problem-solve and who provide greater understanding by virtue of their own knowledge. implemented either a 5-12 or 7-12 initiative. The chalkboard had been replaced by the whiteboard. We have identified 6 and 8 grade as the two grades to implement for the 2012-13 school year and 5th and 7th grades in 2013-14. Principals and other administrators are also modeling the use of technology devices during staff meetings. th th !"#$% " . Apple recently spurred this trend with its release of new e-textbooks that are meant to place more of the onus of learning back into the hands of the students. =!>.*)(()< 2 3 4 5 0 -: -. . FastMath. " . We will not be able to accommodate all requests. Current Plan for Implementation Currently we have iPads in use and we are educationally and financially ready to expand. etc.?6>. At the Core of Instruction is Information! Information At the Core of Instruction is Information! Delivery! At the Core of Instruction is Information! At the Core of Instruction is Information! Information Delivery! Resources! Information Delivery! Resources! Information Resources! vs. which has now evolved into the interactive whiteboard. This is due to a variety of factors. software such as Discovery Education. Every day we have additional people that would like to incorporate them into their lessons. Teachers have slowly. In meetings with staff and administrators. graders will fit into a mobile device plan. The Basic Premise Moving from the “Sage on the Stage” to the “Guide on the Side” We have long heard of the phrases “Sage on the Stage” and “Guide on the Side” referring to education practices related to different types of instruction. $ implementation at this time.-. . $ / 2 3 4 5 0 -: -. Below is a slideshow created to help communicate to our teachers the movement from Sage to Guide.. Many teachers now use digital copies of assignments and handouts that students can access 24/7.elementary teachers are expanding the use of teacher web pages to disseminate curriculum and classroom information. the “Sage” method of instruction is currently viewed as less effective for today’s 21st century learners and todays student’s learning styles favor different approaches. Most schools have th th /#0 &!*1 / 2 3 4 5 0 started with either 5 grade or 7 grade and fully 0#-. Clickers are used for instant response. The overhead has been replaced with an LCD projector connected to their computers along with a document camera.! -.-. At the Core of Learning is Information! At the Core of Learning is Information! Access! Information At the Core of Learning is Information! Access! Information At the Core of Learning is Information! Access! Information Information Formulate! Question! Manipulate! Formulate! Question! Manipulate! Formulate! Question! Manipulate! Though it can be used effectively. but surely been adding technology to their classrooms over the years. The “Sage” is the traditional method of instruction we have become accustomed to – a teacher using a textbook to provide instruction to students who are then tested to see how much of the teacher’s material they have retained. 6789 0 -: -. We will attempt to place classroom sets of iPads into other grades and departments. still asking many questions including how our 10-12 --#-. As you can see from the chart above. Principals and other administrators are very aware of the need for teachers to increase their digital comfort level and have been using teacher workshop days to increase teacher knowledge of current trends. it has been identified that grades 5-8 !"#$% &'()(#)(*% and possibly 4-9 should be the focus of a full iPad !"#$ %&'()*+. committee meetings. We are 4#-..-. Identified to the right are current initiatives we have or will have in place for grades PK-12 next year.

✔ Plan the timeline for building the infrastructure. and lead teachers). evaluate and use information Ø Ø Ø Use critical thinking skills to conduct research. q Schedule the implementation timeline. ISTE is the educational leader for tech integration and they have created the following standards for students in a 21st Century Learning Environment and they have outlined the skills they view as imperative for success in today’s global environment: Ø Ø Ø Develop creative thinking. Understand societal issues and practice legal and ethical behaviors. technical support.The Next Phase of Implementation – Ensuring Success To ensure success. ✔ Develop and schedule the professional development plan. Below is a checklist from the One-to-One Institute that we are following to assist us. teachers. Students. synthesis. Other personnel. Technology and Infrastructure ✔ At least one classroom ✔ At least two teachers trained ✔ An iPad for each teacher in the grade q A mobile computing device for each student in the classroom Staff Development Staff development will be a vital component. Leadership ✔ Identify team leadership. solve problems and make informed decisions. evaluation and creation of information using technology. manage projects. Online. virus protection. These staff development efforts will help teachers take full advantages of new technologies to not only enhance their classroom. The areas we must make sure are coordinated are many. We will design additional programs to assist the staff in moving past the simple knowledge and application of technology use into the analysis. but also to transform it to take full advantage of these devices. systems and operations. q Secure signed acceptable use policies. ✔ Schedule and implement orientation plans for all stakeholders. Pine City Schools has developed a staff development schedule for teachers in 6th and 8th grade for this summer and a tentative plan for all staff for the 2012-13 school year. Staff development time will be included for the summer to assist staff in working on grade level adoption for students. ✔ Establish the timeline for building-level training (principals. Help desk ✔ Plan the distribution of devices to students. ✔ Schedule district leadership planning sessions. Demonstrate a sound understanding of concepts. Checkmarks show areas we have already completed. • Collect baseline data. q Identify the assessment plan and timeline. We have purchased devices that staff can check out from the media centers to become more adept at using the device. q Dra the administrative support plan for classroom teachers in pilot and ensuing years. and content filter q Dedicated server space able to handle the capacity of the program ✔ Wireless network testing ✔ Bandwidth capacity testing q Appropriate use policies for the network. and develop innovative products and processes. • Create program goals. we must plan for success. the Internet and the mobile computing device q Appropriate device preparation • A good image • Adjustment of all settings • A device identification method • Loading and testing of all soware ✔ A plan for the distribution of devices to students q Enough technology personnel to support the program ✔ An established relationship with the device vendor and teacher access to their help desk and other support q A quick response support plan for repairs and other technical questions q Appropriate damage and the insurance. ✔ Share & discuss the research on iPad implementations. . We have created an iPad Users Group that all teachers can attend to become more familiar with how the iPad (and all mobile devices) can become learning tools for students. which is a global standard as developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Use digital media to communicate and work collaboratively. ✔ Dra the shared vision. • Students • Teachers • Bus drivers • Support staff • Parents/guardians • Community q Plan the outbound communications program to community and parents/guardians. ✔ Infrastructure to support pilot • Bandwidth • Access points • Server space • Electrical capacity in classroom ✔ On-site technical support q Relationship with vendor • Terms of contract • Support services • Swap out and repair policies q One extra device for every ten laptops for loaners q Charging carts for each grade q Accidental damage and the insurance for all computing devices Other Beneficial Classroom Technology ✔ ✔ LCD projector Interactive whiteboard District Infrastructure ✔ An implementation timeline ✔ Enough access points to ensure wireless connectivity for all ✔ Awareness of how the program might affect other technology users ✔ An appropriate firewall. • Develop assessment protocol and tools. • Wireless network testing • Bandwidth capacity testing in pilot class • Ongoing professional development • Troubleshooting protocol • Technology support protocol – Teachers. Apply digital tools to gather. construct knowledge.

we will begin to review policies affected by this new initiative and begin to put together a handbook to ensure proper and safe use of the devices by our students. This year the district established innovative grants that staff could tap into to promote and incorporate technology into their classes and curriculum. especially technology initiatives. This was funded through a reduction of administrative staff and will cover the majority of the costs to attain the needed devices. Cost and Method of Obtaining Mobile Devices and other materials As with any initiative. Bloom’s taxonomy formed the basis for early work on the development of instructional objectives for classes and curricula. At the end of the 3-year lease. We will be looking to alter our textbook adoption process to generate savings using electronic versions of materials versus the cost of bound textbooks. these devices will then become our property. 1956). Bloom’s Taxonomy is being viewed as an important piece in developing 21st Century Learners who will need to be more creative and adaptable in a world that has not yet been created. there is a major financial commitment that must be made. The district will be adding at least 260 iPads to 6th and 8th graders. We already have teachers who have moved to this method with exciting results and we think it is attainable for all staff. and probably more in classroom sets during the coming year. This taxonomy is a hierarchical structure representing six levels of thinking and learning skills that range from basic learning objectives such as knowledge of content through higher-order learning such as synthesis. The following year another significant purchase will need to be made. Management of the Devices Following approval by the school board. discussions about student learning have been guided by a taxonomy of learning that has come to be known as Bloom’s taxonomy (Bloom & Krathwohl. At $500 per device. we will be leasing between 350-400 iPads. There will be significant savings associated with this initiative. but our goal will be to have our teachers manage this change to realize the highest possible level of transformation of their classroom as long as it meets our educational goal of increasing student achievement. is Becker. As the chart on the first page showed. we are not the first school to go down this path and we can use models from other districts that will speed this process. We will work with our staff to develop teaching and instruction that will transform our classrooms into student-centric digital learning environments and create lifelong learners with 21st century skills. along with Little Falls and GFW. We will also look to lease additional classroom sets of iPads for classes that are ready to incorporate them and for teachers who have been trained and are ready to use them in their instruction. Student handbooks and other costly publications can be loaded on iPads. many districts realized paper reductions.Increased Learning and Higher Level Thinking Skills iPads and other 1:1 initiatives have proven to be able to incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy for developing higher level thinking skills.000 if we purchased them outright. We understand change can be difficult. Students would also no longer need to purchase calculators for math. Fortunately. At the end of the third year. After exploring options. I have included a link to their iPad Handbook . One such school district. Though first introduced in 1956. this equates to approximately $130. the iPads would belong to the Pine City School District. This method will decrease the initial outlay we must make and will allow us to place more iPads into the hands of our students then under a straight purchase plan. All totaled. We currently have a reserved fund balance in our general fund that would be used to fund the majority of this initiative and fees charged to students would also offset the cost. we are leaning toward leasing devices under a 3-year contract. evaluation. As already mentioned this lease provide that we will take ownership at the end of the 3-year lease. and creativity. but one-third that cost for a 3-year lease. which are a significant expense to the district. Historically.

k12. Click here to go to the Becker iPad Handbook. continue to check the Pine City School website at www. which is located just above the Additional Resources at the bottom of the page. the camera and video capabilities. Nook. For more information on this initiative.mn.which is very thorough and explains responsibilities for all students.us or call or e-mail Superintendent Dennis Fischer at 320-629-4011 or dfischer@pinecity. Pine City Schools is currently working on their own iPad Handbook. If teachers determine that internet accessibility and cloud-based apps is the extent of use. and other iPad features are important. There are still many questions we have to answer and we will continue the dialogue. a BYOD initiative may be in the district’s best interests. it may be worthwhile to have the students bring their own devices for grades 9-12 or grades 10-12.us. . laptops and other devices continue to be commonplace in our student’s lives. As mobile devices such as Kindle Fire. We look forward to your thoughts as we go through this process. What is BYOD A “Bring Your Own Device” initiative involves students bringing in their own mobile devices that teachers allow students to use in class to complete assignments and conduct research. which will be given to parents and students when the iPads are distributed this fall.k12. though it could significantly increase our management problems. parents and staff. The uniformity of devices is the direction several other area districts have taken. This would result in a significant savings to the district. Windows-based tablets. we may look to expand our initiative to include grades 5-12.pinecity.mn. We will be talking to our staff and the school board to help determine the final scope of this initiative. If remedial apps.