Friday, May 06, 2011

ADE - 1:1 Learning with iPad

Cedar School of Excellence

Talked about the impact of every child being given an iPad. Showed the iPad band that performed at Christmas nativity. They have the potential to plug up to 50 iPads into the sound system with virtual iPad instruments.

They thought deploying the technology would be the end of the story but realised the pedagogy, technology and the curriculum all have to work together and feed off each other.

It is a small school and Fraser described how the demand for IT equipment was outstripping the supply. They initially thought they might get laptops but they had concern about battery life and charging issues. When they heard about the iPad, they realised that was the technology they wanted.

Deployment: they gave iPads to teachers in May and let them play with them until August. They were given credit to spend in the Apps Store so that the apps we chosen by the teachers not imposed by IT department.

"Use the iPad everywhere it is appropriate and nowhere it is inappropriate."

Easy mobility leads to easy collaboration. It takes away the hurdles placed in the way of accessing technology, such as going to a special room and leads to "Casual Computing".

Another great example was a piece of writing produced by a dyslexic child. It was full of spelling mistakes but was fairly solid. She recorded her self speaking it over a soundtrack and it was a very moving and powerful piece of work.

Moved onto examples of of use in art. Brushes app: Digital art gives pupils a big undo button which encourages experimentation and creates confidence. This confidence seems to transfer into traditional art mediums. The success in the digital world makes them realise they can do it and therefore try harder with traditional media.

ArtRage app: Simulates real art materials, e.g. Use tubes of paint and pallet knives or pencil work.

Type drawing: creating pictures with lines of text.

Also talked about Mashups, Flowpaper and ASketch. Described how quickly the pupils take to the apps.

Also used for drawing support, for example using the iPad as a light box to draw from (without associated printing costs). Also can trace over an image then delete the original to see the shapes. Also, Art Grid allows grids to be super imposed on an image (square grids or rectangular to supportbdistortion). Can play an animation of image as it is built up stage by stage which the teacher can then talk through the process.

Sketchbook apps - Moodboard and Moxier Collage. The teacher had to limit home much work they handed it! Teacher also used it to support field trip - she put images from an exhibition on Moodboard and challenged them to find the work and add four bits of information about the piece.

Image manipulation to generate ideas. For example take a photo of a pupils work and then render it in pastel, or reverse the colours, or do it as pop art, or... Can easily explo Issas in a very short time, for example, photograph their work and try different backgrounds.

Critical Studies, e.g. Art Authority and Art Puzzle HD. Gives access ton a huge range of images by loads of artists. They can magnify, check clarity, range, colour... They can arrange an artist's work in chronological order and see how they have developed.

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