iPad PD- September 28

This session is self-directed and you will want to have both your iPad and your laptop handy. The directions and videos will be on this page, while the discovery portion will occur between you and your iPad. Simply scan the headings below and enter at the point where you feel comfortable. Remember to start a wish list of the apps that you want for your classroom!

Premie – born early into iPad world!
If you’ve never touched an iPad before, watch this 2 minute video (twice if you need to!) which explains the navigational tools available in the ipad. (Contains some shortcuts, that even experienced users will benefit from.)

Newborn – born anxious and ready to enter iPad world!
If you’ve used an iPod or an iPad before, start at this video which explains how to download apps from the App Store.

School Age – ready to learn!
If you’re ready to go and learn with an iPad, then start at any of the following links. When we meet together at the end of this session, we will share and problem solve (see end of page).


Literacy 1
Literacy Free (note the tabs at the top of the page)

Literacy Paid

Music Free

Music Paid


Numeracy Free (note the tabs at the top of the page)

Numeracy Paid (note the tabs at the top of the page)


Science 1
Science 2

Special Education – thorough list and also see manual I’ve provided here

Special Education (apps organized by needs!)

Whole Group discussion and questions about iPad use

1. How will you use these iPads in the classroom? What kind of organizational obstacles will you face? How can your principal and tech support you?
2. Where will you start with the iPads? Literacy? Numeracy? Art? How will you teach higher-order thinking skills with the iPads?
3. How will you identify quality apps? How can you share your knowledge?
4. What type of guidelines will your school have for app purchases?
5. Tell the name of one or more apps that you think you might use in your classroom. How will you use it?

Purchasing and Use Information

KPDSB IT has set up accounts for each school and all of the iPads within a school are on one account. You cannot use your own itunes account for these iPads. Funds for app purchases will be loaded via an itunes gift card which will be done by the principal. Each principal will provide guidelines as to how much classrooms will spend on apps. Communication amongst primary teachers is essential as many apps provide a wide learning range and in some cases (like Numeracy) might provide practice in a skill right from kindergarten to grade 3! We don’t want to waste money with apps that do the same thing. All teachers will have the purchase password, and are encouraged to download free and paid apps that suit their students’ needs. Students are not to be given the password. Some settings have been locked on by the IT department.

Need inspiration? Go to youtube and search ipads in the classroom. Watch a couple of videos to see how schools across Canada and the US are using iPads. I liked this one!


Laptop Rollout 101

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We just finished four rollouts at Beaver Brae High School (Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) and let me tell you, there is a Martha Stewart-in-training here at BBSS library! She had this place ready to go, and by ready to go, I mean READY TO GO!

I think that you should check out the slideshow above and the notes below to find your own way to an an amazing, smooth netbook rollout that will make everyone happy!

Laptops were cataloged through L4U, and then signed out to each student. After signing them out, Ms. Laffin attached the user agreements to each laptop, and then organized them by class. Because Beaver Brae is such a huge school (like really huge compared my own alma mater which had 20 students graduating in 1991!), she organized them by class and alphabetically (with posters!). When the students entered, they grabbed their laptops and handed their user agreements back in.

Students who didn’t have their laptops sat in and watched the start up process. BBSS has some tech-students on hand that will help these non-signers later on! Little notes were also provided to those that didn’t remember their login or passwords.

With laptops on the table (she even removed the inserts!), we got going. With a projector in place and techie-kinda-people scattered about, it was smooth sailing. By the end of the day we had hundreds of netbooks into students’ hands, and a plan that we can share with other schools and boards who do a laptop rollout in the future!

Thank you BBSS, and to the students – “ENJOY (and LEARN!)!”

New Netbooks, New Frontier

 Quite honestly, it feels like Christmas.



In the span of a week, we will be visiting Lillian Berg School in Vermillion Bay, New Prospect School in Dryden, Keewatin Public School in Kenora, Golden Learning Centre in Balmertown, Ear Falls Public School, Savant Lake Public School and Ignace Public School. This means that hundreds of students will now be taking the first step in a remarkable journey as active participants in their education.

So what does a rollout look like?

As a team, our Technology and Learning teachers, Information Systems Manager, and Information Technology technicians come to the school and spend about an hour with the students. Together, we review basic overall expectations and review the user agreement, which is signed by EVERY student. The netbooks are logged in our inventory system (L4U) then signed out to students. We then have the students open up their netbook, set the configurations (as easy as “naming” the computer and allowing a re-start), and check that every student is able to log on the Internet. We give a brief tour of the ins and outs of the equipment, and set up students with access to our k12 domain on Google Docs.

After that, we send the students and teachers on their way!


Support will continue in a variety of formats, but above all else, we reiterate that it will be through joint exploration that teachers and students find a fit for its use at their respective grade and comfort levels. The key messages are important, and we recognize that in today’s world there is no one-size-fits-all teaching and learning model. For some, it may be starting with a simple transition from doing what they what they would normally do in the computer lab, instead, in the comfort of classroom. For others, having access at their fingertips may inspire something new, such as creating new strategies for teaching and learning across the content areas with web tools. The beautiful part- the choice is ours.