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Prepared for: Technology Department Rocky View Schools Prepared by: Derek Keenan, Teacher September 30, 2010
To further enhance classroom practice and schoolwide implementation of 21st Century Learning through technological innovation in my own classroom, contributing to school wide technology innovation and comprehensive technology implementation in my classroom. In addition, this project will initiate an intensive study of student learning and technology use with tablet technology.
1. To enhance the implementation of mobile learning begun with the last technology innovation fund grant in the school by updating the program with devices that offer alternative input and applications for learning. 2. To offer the previous iPod touch innovation devices to the broader school and create multiple disciplines in which mobile technology can be tested and implemented.
These goals provide an excellent opportunity to provide Bert Church High School with an increase in overall innovative technology available to all teachers, and a cutting edge trial in mobile technology that will inform future mobile device implementation in schools across Rocky View. Pilot I: Classroom Based iPad Pilot Funding from the technology innovation fund would be used to purchase 37 iPad devices and accessories for classroom use and implementation as educational tools. These iPads will be used for ALL classroom activities, producing a fully digital classroom environment. Students will connect with Moodle for content creation and submission, and will have access to numerous apps designed to heighten the learning and achievement in the classroom. Particular focus will be on differentiation of instruction and learning and providing students with an active, digital environment in which to connect with their work. With my experience in running the iPod pilot, and my use of an iPad for the past four months, I am well equipped and
knowledgeable in the area of mobile technology and digital learning to initiate and sustain this pilot to create effective methods and suggestions for future implementation of iPads in a broader context. Pilot 2: Ubiquitous Access Pilot In addition to the class set of iPads, I further propose a pilot of 5 iPad devices to be given to students to use exclusively for one month cycles. The intent of this program is to gather feedback from students on the impact of the iPad device on their learning with constant access as opposed to simply in the classroom. By gathering video and digital product feedback, we may begin to create a picture of the way students may want to use these devices, and structure some of our technology strategies based on the feedback. With a successful pilot application, the previous iPod Touch project will be moved into the larger school community for use by other teachers and classes. This is a natural progression as interest in the iPods has been growing steadily and I am currently unable to loan the iPods out to teachers as often as they would like to use them. Science, math, physical education and arts classes have all expressed interest in using the iPods, and it would be wonderful to see them put to good use as a resource available to the entire school. Our recent school wide innovation project of transforming the library into a digital learning hub may also be able to be supported by the addition of the iPod availability.
The iPad as a Media Device
The iPad is at the forefront of mobile technology, and is a device that many students are familiar with based on the iPod and iPhone operating system. Using a touch screen for data input, the iPad plays movies, has wireless Internet connectivity, an internal microphone and speaker, plays movies and audio, and can last for up to 10 hours of heavy use on a single charge. With the iOS operating system the iPad stores powerpoint, word and other documents, has the ability to interact with Moodle, Plone, Google Docs and other online resources, and can be used to create content and record audio. These features will allow students to interact directly with my web-based course content and use the iPads to store and manipulate data in new ways. Using the Moodle interface, classroom quizzes, responses and research can all be conducted directly on the device without the need for a computer lab. The iPad also offers a new framework for digital tools with direct screen interaction, and the removal of visual barriers (as in a computer screen) from the classroom. As with the iPod touch, this device is one that students want to use and learn about. Students are clamouring to access the iPad, and have already noted that they would love to see it used educationally.
The iPod Touch as Technological Innovation
In addition to the use of the iPad as a media and content creation device, the App Store included with it creates a nearly unlimited potential for future uses. New educational applications are being added daily to the app store, including many free ones. Some apps that I would use in my classroom include an essay structure and process app designed to support students in some of the most difﬁcult writing they encounter in high school, Shakespeare; which houses all of Shakespeare’s works and will be used instead of a textbook for Shakespeare in class, Poem Flow a poetry study and reading app, iBooks and Kindle ereader Derek Keenan (403) 948-3800 email@example.com
apps, for which we can purchase inexpensive class sets of reading material, Pages and Keynote as full featured document and presentation tools (incidentally, Pages is the app used to create this proposal), Dragon dictation app, Audionote lecture recording and note-taking app, and much much more. Use of many of these applications which are low-cost or free allows for less reliance on traditional textbooks and their replacement costs. As a classroom teacher, I had never had a complete set of dictionaries and thesaurus in my classroom for student use until the iPod pilot, even this small application made a huge difference for students.
Implications and Expected Outcomes of this Proposal
I believe that students in the 21st century must be working with and using the technologies that they are interested in and use most effectively. The interface of the iPad meets this need as many students use and own devices that operate in the same way as the iPad. Students are comfortable entering text on iPods, and the added screen size will allow for full length content creation on the iPad. This project will see students working in their way with their technology, and from what I have seen in my own classroom with the iPod pilot, this will lead to further engagement and achievement by students. My own experience with the iPad has guided me to this proposal as I have integrated this device into my teaching practice and have seen ﬁrsthand the difference it has made to my professional work. I relish the opportunity to provide the same difference for my students. In creating a research base to this project, my aim is to attain feedback that can be compiled and shared among educators to support mobile technology decision making. This research would serve to beneﬁt not only Rocky View Schools, but also the education ﬁeld as a whole. The implications of using mobile devices in education is an area of essential research that must be reported on as mobile devices become more powerful and attractive for purchase by schools than desktop equivalents. Based on connections I have made in working on my iPod Touch initiative, and requests I get for information about it, I believe Rockyview is positioning itself as a leader in innovation, and I would be excited to present my initial ﬁndings for this pilot during my presentations at the Mobile Learning Experience in Phoenix, Arizona in April of 2011.
Costs of the Proposal
This proposal will require a combination of hardware and software solutions to set up and maintain. In addition to the 42 iPads, we will require a Macbook with a speciﬁcally designed cart for charging and transferring data to the devices. We will also require a case for each of the iPads for protection and elevation for typing. In addition to the hardware for these devices, a MobileMe account allows for tracking of the iPads, information dissemination and application purchase and installation for the devices. An estimated cost breakdown: MacBook computer for sync and maintenance of devices: 42 iPad devices (16gb WiFi model): 42 Apple iPad cases: $1,250 $23,100 $1,890 $1,000 $175
Software purchase budget for Apps and MobileMe: powered USB hubs to connect to iMac & charge: (Memory express item# MX6872) Bretford mobile charging and sync cart (approximate): Total cost of proposal:
$2,000 $29,415 (approximate)
Thank You for the opportunity to submit this project for consideration. I am excited by the possibility of enhancing my innovative approach to learning for my students and furthering our school's use of mobile devices to support our 21st century learning environment. I would appreciate any feedback that you may have, and if you have any questions or require clariﬁcation, please call or email me directly.
Derek Keenan 21st Century Learning Lead, Bert Church High School
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