How often have you been hooked by a link to the “Ten best . . .“ or the “ “12 must have . . .” apps or ideas sent through an RSS feed or established PLN? One looses count!
It’s another thing to listen to an experienced educator and hear the tips and tricks that can narrow down a list to about 5 really usable tools to support the learning process. Paul Shaw was able to do just that for the participants at the iPad PD in Cairns on May 6th 2013. At the same time, he explained and demonstrated how those choices can be managed and connected to each other so that skills and experiences accrue in the learning community, helping to developing intuitive, fluent iPad users.
Paul’s presentation was based on the premise that technology should be used to make the learning environment “rich, real and relevant” and he also reiterated that the emphasis should be on students creating rather than consuming via digital tools. The SAMR model (R. Puentedura, 2009) was used to demonstrate that, while using digital tools, we need to take students beyond the engagement phase – where they substitute and augment, to a transformation phase – where modification and redefinition occur.
The following snippets are a sample of the responses from PD participants at the end of the day . . .
Paul’s day was an engaging example of the phrase ‘create not consume’. He is a wonderful role model for those of us who strive to utilize the iPad for 21st century learning. It was great to work with someone who can talk and show working examples of what is possible at the coal-face. Geraldine
Enjoyed having time to learn, play and explore with apps. Valued input of negatives / positives of certain apps. Valued the discussion among participants about use of apps in classes. Discovered new tricks – always welcome. Simone.
Great range of apps shown at reasonable pace for play and troubleshoot. Valuable note of philosophy to ‘create not consume’ and how iPad might solve particular issues. Thanks, Liz.
The day has been very worthwhile – BookCreator has been fantastic and such an easy way to organize notes. Verdi
Great smorgasbord of practical ideas and applications. Liked & appreciated Paul’s approach to ‘create rather than consume’. Great day, thank you. Fran
Although we had originally planned to have Paul present his PD on two consecutive days (Cairns and then on the Atherton Tablelands) – the two groups combined for one session in Cairns. All feedback has been positive from those involved and we look forward to hearing how some of the ideas shared on that day are used with students in the future.
Images: Personal collection: #1 Paul Shaw, #2 iPad PD participants, #3 Carey and Emily working with an iPad.