In its first year, the iPad programme provided a range of opportunities that either enhanced or transformed teaching and learning in specific ways at Redlands College. Listed below are some highlights.
The iPad allowed practices or processes that substituted for other non-digital mechanisms, including:
- textbooks and class handouts available on iPad
- note-taking and data collection
- completion and submission of workbooks in PDF format
- feedback on drafts emailed between teachers and students
- storage/display of stimulus in Art.
The iPad augmented teaching and learning through:
- internet research and communication
- exploring mathematical concepts using spread sheets
- videos / animations that complement teaching
- study / note-taking templates
- persistent, instantaneous feedback on drafts /notes
- extension / consolidation of maths concepts
- eBooks apps that include embedded dictionaries, internet searching and note taking features
- ‘text’ specific apps for English.
Modification & Redefinition
The iPad allowed significant modification and redefinition of teaching, learning and assessment via:
- collaborative, online brainstorming
- video analysis in performance based subjects
- video logs of personal reflections on learning
- multimodal assessment tasks.
Year 11 Student, 2011
In 2012, we expect to identify and develop additional ways that the availability of iPads can enhance or transform the learning environment by allowing students to:
- access and use content
- think critically and problem-solve
- think creatively
- manage learning and time.