IPad Programme

1:1 iPad Plan for Years 4, 5 and 6

With the integration of new and emerging technologies we can provide our students with the best opportunities for their learning.

“By sidelining and ignoring new technologies and their potential for supporting learning is dangerous (and foolhardy).” Melhuish, K & Falloon, G (2010) 

 



Why implement a 1:1 iPad Plan?

The i in iPad means individual. It is not intended to be shared, to have multiple simultaneous users.

In the last 2 years Apps (software on the iPad) have significantly improved and have more depth and sophistication. Careful discernment of Apps that are suited to the primary learning environment is taken by staff. Apps in the education sector have moved from drill and practice to the context of creation and presentation.

In our learning context, there is no intention to replace the teacher with the iPad, or that the iPad would be in use the total time a student is in class. Research tells us that it is the teacher who makes the significant improvement in learning achievement and learning gain for students, far and above any tool.

The iPad does not replace all books, writing, drawing, sport or art. The iPad is not be in constant use - it is a learning tool to complement and support the learning and achievement not TO BE the learning.

Content creation is the aspect of learning where students demonstrate & explain their learning – it is the choice and use of Apps to create that content. The students learn to fluently move between Apps in a workflow in order to accomplish any task.


In the 21st century, content /information/ knowledge is readily available. We are now living in a world where technology allows for learning to occur 'anywhere, anytime'. The skill is in collecting, organising and verifying that information. So it is not about the Apps themselves – it is how you use them to organise data, develop skills, collaborate with others, form opinions and discuss, communicate and share what you have learned.

The iPad is a tool for learning. Gaming and entertainment Apps are not permitted during school hours.

Digital Citizenship & Cyber safety workshops for both students and parents support families while working through the issues ‘on the internet’.

Emailing is an important & necessary tool to use with the iPad as a way of sharing & collaborating work with the teacher and/or other students. All students in this cohort are taught emailing rules & etiquette as part of the CEO Google Apps for Education rollout.

As teachers we are constantly reflecting on our practice as individuals, colleagues and as a staff. The Teacher Quality Institute provides teachers with a mechanism to analyse how teaching practice can be changed to improve student performance and achievement. It allows us to examine our practice and ensure that we are always improving; because as we improve and change the direction, the implication is that our students’ learning also improves.

 

Holy Family is committed to supporting teachers in the use of iPads that requires training via CE support, Archdiocesan school visits, attendance at interstate, workshops, webinars and networking and other forms of Professional Development.