2013-03-13 Weekly IT Update

This Week

1:1 – iPads

Experience – Patrick Larkin, Burlington High School

5 Ways to Use Apple TV – You Can Do It!

iTunes U – 1 BILLION Downloads

Using Primary Sources – Students and Teachers


1:1 – As you have probably already heard, the 2013 – 2014 school year will be bringing Pine Creek High School (along with Challenger Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School) into the beginnings of 1:1. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, 1:1 means 1 device to 1 student. The decision has been made and we are going with the frontrunner in the race, the iPad. While there are still a ton of logistics to figure out before they are rolled out to students, the capabilities of the iPad are pretty amazing and it will help even more that each will include a keyboard/case so that traditional methods of typing can still be employed. There will be plenty of updates on the strategies we will look to employ in the future but the first major hurdle has been completed: the choosing of the device!

Experience – As we are going to change over to 1:1 next year (at least for ¼ of the school), I thought it might be useful to see how other schools that have already made the shift are faring and how they promote success in both their educators and students alike. Patrick Larkin, principal of the Burlington High School in Massachusetts, has been publishing a blog on the experiences of his school and the growing pains involved. Several of us had the pleasure of visiting the school last year and learned a lot about the processes involved. Check out his blog at: http://www.patrickmlarkin.com/ If you are doing any research on 1:1, Principal Larkin’s name is pretty prominent and he’s a very charismatic guy.

5 Ways to Use Apple TV – What?! Another entry on iPad support? Yes. I figure now is as good as a time as any to get you thinking about your future classrooms and how you hope to implement hardware. I am a big fan of the Apple TV. It allows you to project apps, images, etc. from your iPad onto your projector. One of the great things about this is not only will you be able to walk around the room to do classroom management while doing lessons, but that specific apps can be shown to support your curriculum. Take a look at this article to get more ideas on how to use an Apple TV in your classroom: http://edudemic.com/2013/03/5-ways-to-use-apple-tv-in-the-classroom/ — As I found this first article I also ran across this one: http://edudemic.com/2013/03/apple-tv-in-the-classroom/

iTunes U – Yes, iTunes U has reached 1 ‘B’illion downloads (yes, with a ‘B’)! Based on the article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-says-itunes-u-tops-a-billion-downloads/2013/02/28/8a399a1a-81b8-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html , some of the statistics shows over 250,000 students enrolled in free educational courses. I would give away more of the article but it’s not very long and the statistics are pretty impressive. Take a look and see for yourself the power of free online learning!

Using Primary Sources – Students and Teachers alike can find information on how to analyze primary sources. The Library of Congress has put together several specific PDFs on what to look for and address when attempting to determine if a source if primary or not. Each one deals with observation, reflection, and questioning the source. I’ll also post the link to the site on the PCHS Technology ALEC site. Check it out at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/guides.html

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American inventor

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