This year as part of the 1:1 iPad rollout process in year 7 I was able to allocate a whole day for student training. The training day was planned so that year 7’s had a day of workshops that would provide them with the technical knowledge to operate their iPads in class as a learning tool. During the day they would learn how to operate key apps, focus on digital citizenship in line with our ICT policy, get their intranet usernames/login and set up their iPad with printing!
This was a FULL ON day to prepare and plan, but it was part of bigger roll out process that started in 2013 with the welfare team and parents:
- 2013 Enrolment evening – among key important speakers the night also contained information about iPads, their expected use in classrooms and support docs for parents (in regards to purchasing, insurance and technical support)
- 2014 year 7 parent evening – welfare focused information session, the year co-ordinator spoke about cyber safety, privacy and I spoke about practical ways to monitor/support technology use at home and parental controls were explained/applied.
- Year 7 app roll out – students received usernames and passwords, they were given access to the MDM and received their school apps on their device (this happened on the friday so they could PLAY with the apps ALL weekend!)
- Year 7 iPad training day – 5 sessions/workshops on iPad use.
It is important to note that the roll out process involved parents and the welfare team at Gilroy, this was a positive change from our previous laptop roll out process.
LOGISTICS OF THE iPAD TRAINING DAY!
The iPad training day would not have been successful without the help of the Integrated Learning teachers that each ran workshops, office staff that provided room changes, lesson cover and supervison, onsite technicians AND the student techies that assisted the classes in doing the hard stuff!
The 5 workshops students did were:
|Session 1: Edmodo sign up/use and Gilroy student home page navigation|
|Session 2: Cyber safety and tech rules at Gilroy|
|Session 3: Self service, printing, iPad settings and MDM profiles|
|Session 4: Using your iPad in class (Notability, Bookcreator) sending files, exporting work|
|Session 5: Structured “play” – iPad skills bingo|
Here is a copy of Ipad training day runsheet – on the run sheet you can see the rotation of classes, teachers, workshops and student techies that were our support.
The week after the training day I surveyed students to measure the success of the day – based on their confidence in using the device as a learning tool in class, here are the results: survey results.
Overall I am happy knowing students don’t take their devices into classes knowing NOTHING, I know that teachers appreciated the fact that their first iPad lessons could run without stopping for a hand up with questions like “my printers aren’t connected” or “I can’t log on”.
The roll out process has now extended into a longer process, the benefits of this far outweigh any argument over invested time. With this cohort it has been fluid, with minimal hiccups and maximum support from CEO, technical staff, parents, welfare team and teaching staff.