Well the go ahead from management has finally come through, and Trinity College Foundation Studies will be going ahead with a full 1:1 iPad curriculum in 2012. We first have a repeat of our initial 2010 trial with a small intake of fifty to sixty students from August this year, as a step to establish new practices, further experiment and refine, and conduct further research with students and staff.
In the interim, I am responsible for conducting staff professional development in the lead up to a significant change in our classroom practices. We have a diverse curriculum - English, Literature, History of Ideas, Mathematics, Sciences, Economics, Accounting, Media, and Environments. Naturally, I don't have expertise in all these areas, and I'm taking a constructivist approach to this support role in the same sense I take in my classes with Literature students. I'm extremely daunted, but the teachers I'm working with are skilled professionals, and I'm learning so much from them.
Here's my first round of informal PD options - drawn from requests and feedback from the teachers after having their devices for a few months of trial and experimenting. They do seem to be device centered, but the context I am shaping is one of developing expertise in using and exploiting the features of the device, to better appreciate ways it can then be used to enhance the learning objectives and goals of the different disciplines. Teachers want to understsnd what it is capable of doing before they can think clearly about how to maximise its potential for their students' needs. Each session is being presented twice, with 15-20 participants in each.
Is there anything that seems to be missing? What else is crying out for attention? What would you want from an Education Technology Manager and staff Professional Development?
Topic: Basic skills, customizing, document management.
Topic: Pedagogy First: Interactive students - some potential activities and applications
(Apps explored: GoodReader, Adobe Ideas, AudioNote)
Topic: Using cloud servers: Linking applications to Dropbox and Google Docs.
Topic: Saving and embedding videos in E-Books / Keynote. (Using KeepVid and Handbrake)
Topic: Using your iPad as a research / resource management tool. (Apps explored: Instapaper, GoodReader, Flipboard)
Final Topics - By demand (What else do you want to know about?) E-Books? Posting resources on the LMS? You choose.
Do let me know what you think of the offerings, and anything else I seem to be missing.
Here's a link to the Project information on our website. http://bit.ly/k8cqXJ