1-to-1 iPad Program
All students in grades 6-9 are required to own an iPad to use in the classroom, to collaborate with students and teachers, conduct research, and complete homework assignments. It will be an integral part of each student's work each day.
Pike students live in an increasingly interconnected and information-rich world. Our children will have to be skilled collaborators, able to combine multiple disciplines and incorporate new disciplines into their repertoire throughout their lives. They will need to demonstrate creativity and innovation, as well as critical thinking when solving problems and making decisions. Technology-rich classrooms tend to encourage collaboration, inclusion, participation, and exploration. We want to cultivate 21st century students. While using the iPads at Pike, students will focus on the following 21st century skills:
Curation - develop skills that will help evaluate and organize vast amounts of information, so they can retrieve it later.
Creation - design and share information for global communities.
Collaboration - build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally.
Communication - facilitate creative expression of knowledge and understanding through a variety of media.
- What is the iPad program?
- Why did pike choose the ipad?
- will pike provide the ipad?
- What are the minimum requirements?
- Is there tech support for my child's ipad?
- Will i need a cover?
- Will i need a bluetooth keyboard?
- is there anything else i will need to purchase with the ipad?
- Who is responsible for the ipad if it breaks?
- Should i get insurance for the ipad?
- what apps will my ipad need?
- will i need to purchase additional apps throughout the year?
- will there be digital textbooks?
- will i need internet access at home?
- can i give my ipad to my child for the ipad program?
- how much space will my student need on the ipad?
- why was the ipad chosen rather than a laptop?
- what can the ipad do beyond watch movies and play games?
- why pike chose to implement a 1-to-1 ipad program?
- The biggest advantages of the iPad are that it is an internet-connected mobile device with a touch-screen and camera/video camera.
- Students are mobile--moving from class to class--and the iPad is light and easy to transport, yet it can connect to the internet, create documents, take and edit pictures, annotate pdfs, make and edit movies, and perform as an eReader.
- Students can read books, take notes, highlight text and bookmark pages, search a book, have a section read to them aloud, and have a word instantly defined.
- iPad is instant-on (laptop takes 3 minutes), which makes the transition from tech-on to tech-off activities seamless.
- iPad battery power lasts an entire school day.
- iPad is easy to learn and use.
Here are just a few specific examples.
In all Classes
- Screencast - students can create screencasts to show what they know. They can make Khan Academy-style videos quickly and easily to show their understanding of content.
- Likewise, students can create these types of videos to teach others.
- Skype - allows students to interview experts from around the world.
- Students use Garage Band to create and edit music.
- TI-Nspire - The app, combined with touch features, is very powerful.
- Students can take pictures of experiment results to keep track over time and include in lab reports.
- Vernier Graphical Analysis app allows students to wirelessly view and record data from lab probes. Data can then be analyzed and used in lab write-ups or shared with other classmates at Pike or other students around the world.
- The SubText app allows students to read a class book and make comments and respond to each other as they read the book.
- The iPad supports student-centered learning by giving students a powerful tool to collaborate, communicate, search for information, and evaluate information.
- We want students to become independent learners. The iPad is a tool that will allow them to search out information and begin to learn how to learn and also relearn information.
- We want to teach students to communicate with a global audience and to get and give feedback on their work from a global community.
- The National Council of Teachers of English recommends that 21st century readers and writers need to:
- develop proficiency with the tools of technology.
- build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally.
- design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.
- manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information.
- create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia text.
- attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
Why the iPad?
- The iPad puts the learning directly in the hands of the students
- The iPad is easy to use
- Students will have access to the wealth of content on the internet
- The iPad supports many different learning styles
- The camera, video camera, and audio capabilities allow students to show what they have learned in a variety of ways