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Isyourschoolreadytointroducemobiledevices?
Manyschoolsarenowexploringthepotentialbenefitsofintroducingmobiledevicesforlearning.Thereareanumberoffactorsthatcandrivethis:Maybeyouwanttoprovidemoderndevicesforthechildrentolearnwiththatmirrorthelevelofaccesstheyhaveathome.Perhapsyouhaveseenanotherschoolusingthedevicesandhavebeenimpressedbytheirpotential.Whateveryourreasonyouareabouttomakeasignificantcommitmentandyouneedtomakesurethatyougetareturnonyourinvestment.Theaimofthiswebappistosupportyouinaskingandansweringtherightquestionsthatwillhelpyouputthestrategicplanninginplacebeforemakingtheleaptomobilelearning.Tobegintap“continue”atthebottomofthescreen.
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KeyQuestions
Manyschoolsarenowexploringthepotentialbenefitsofintroducingmobiledevicesforlearning.Thereareanumberoffactorsthatcandrivethis:Maybeyouwanttoprovidemoderndevicesforthechildrentolearnwiththatmirrorthelevelofaccesstheyhaveathome.Perhapsyouhaveseenanotherschoolusingthedevicesandhavebeenimpressedbytheirpotential.Whateveryourreasonyouareabouttomakeasignificantcommitmentandyouneedtomakesurethatyougetareturnonyourinvestment.Theaimofthiswebappistosupportyouinaskingandansweringtherightquestionsthatwillhelpyouputthestrategicplanninginplacebeforemakingtheleaptomobilelearning.Tobegintap“continue”atthebottomofthescreen.
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Leadership&Visioning
Explorethesectionsbelowtodiscoverideasandkeyquestionsthatyoumaywanttoanswer
Whymobiledevices?
Implementationstrategies
Winninghearts&minds
Evaluation&Assessment
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ImplementationStrategies
Thereareseveraldifferentwaysthatyoucandeploythedevices:-TeachersbeforestudentsTeacherafterstudentsStudentandteachertogetherThiscouldbeas:yeargroupsclassesindividualone-to-oneasharedbookableresourceAllofthesemodelshavetheiradvantages,Youneedtoconsiderthespecificneedsofyourschool,teachingstaffandlearnerstoworkoutwhichisbest.
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ImplementationStrategies
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Ittendstobebettertoallowstafftheopportunitytoexperimentandbecomefamiliarwiththedevicesbeforethechildrengetthemsothattheycanexercisetheircreativityinplanningengaginglearningexperiencesfortheirstudents.CPDwillhelptosupportthis.Whatdoyoufeelisthebestimplementationstrategyforyourschool?Whowillyouconsulttocheckthattheythinkyouareontherightlines?
Evaluation&Assessment
Havingplansinplacetoevaluatetheeffectivenessoftheroll-outcanreallyhelpthemonitoringoftheprocess.Howwillweknowwhenlearningistakingplaceusingthedevices?Howwillincreasesinattainmentbemeasured?Howwillreturnoninvestmentbemeasured?Howcanwemeasuretheimpactthatthedevicesarehavingonthequalityofteachingandlearning?TheSAMRmodelcanhelpyoutoevaluatewhetherintroducingthedeviceshastransformedclassroompractice.Rememberthoughchangesdon’ttakeplaceovernight.http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/06/samr-model-explained-for-teachers.html
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Practicalconsiderations
Thereareanumberofpracticalconsiderationsyouneedtomaketohelpyourroll-outrunmoresmoothly:Whenwillyouorderthedevices?Whenwillthebesttimebetohavethemdelivered?Whowilltakechargeofthedevicesinschoolwhentheyarrive?Howwillyoudecidewhatappsyouwanttouse?Howwillyoudeploythedevices&apps?Howwillyouensurethedevicesaresecurelystoredafterdelivery?Whowillsetupappstoreaccounts?Whichemailaddresseswillyouusetobethekeycontacts?
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Winninghearts&minds
Chancesarethatnoteveryonewillbeaskeenasyouaretointroducemobiledevicestotheclassroom.Parentsmaybeconcernedthat“playing”withdeviceswillreducethequalityoflearning.Governorsmaybeworriedaboutthecost.Teachersmaybeconcernedabouthavingsomethingnewtolearn.Itisunlikelythatthelearnerswillhavethesameconcernsbutitisgoodtoinvolveallpartiesateverystage.Howdowemanageparentalperception?Howwillyouensurethatparents,staffandgovernorsunderstandtheeducationalreasonsbehindtheintroductionofthedevices?Howwillyouensurethatteachingstaffmakeeffectiveuseofthedevices?
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Whymobiledevices?
Howareyouexpectingthedevicestotransformteachingandlearninginyourestablishment?TheSAMR(Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition)Modeloffersamethodofquantifyingtheextenttowhichtechnologyimpactsteachingandlearning. Italsoshowsaprogressionthatyoucanfollowasyouprogressthroughteachingandlearningwithtechnology. Whatarethecurrenttechnologiesinschooldoing?Aretheyasubstituteforwhatyouusedtodo-writingonaninteractivewhiteboardinsteadofablackboardforexample.Havetheyaugmentedwhatyouusedtodo-Usingyourwhiteboardinteractivelytoengagelearners,Havetheymodifiedwhatyoudo-Allofyourintereactivelessonsarenowplannedusingthewhiteboardsoftware.
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Whymobiledevices?
Havetheytransformedwhatyoudo-Inowsharemywhiteboardcontentwithmystudentsonlinebothbeforeandafterthelesson.Thinkaboutwhatpracticesinschoolyouexpecttochange?Taketimetoresearchhowthemobiletechnologycantransformteachingandlearninginyourschool.Speaktocolleagues,governorsandparentstogetthemonboard.Havingasingledevicewithmultiplefunctionsallowsyoutobemuchmoreefficientincreatingcontenttopromoteandevidencelearning.Howwillyouexploitthis?
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Teaching&Learning
Explorethesectionsbelowtodiscoverideasandkeyquestionsthatyoumaywanttoanswer
Curriculum
Staffcapability
Pedagogy
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Curriculum
Introducingmobiledevicesshouldgreatlyimproveaccessforyourlearnersandallowteacherstomakemorecreativecurriculumchoices.Wherewillyouusethedevicesintheexistingcurriculum?AretheygoingtobeusedtodelivertheICTcurriculum,beusedacrossallsubjectsoracombinationofthetwo?Whatadditionalopportunitieswillthedevicesoffer?Thinkabouthowthedevicescouldbeused,withatabletdevice,youhaveavoicerecorder,avideoandstillscamera,anotetakingdevice,theabilitytoresearchandproduceworkthatdemonstratesunderstanding.Initiallyyoumaywanttorestricttheappsyoupurchasetoonesthathavecross-curricularuse.Youshouldlookforappsthatallowyoutodonewthingsortodowhatyouusedtodoinamuchmoremeaningfulway.
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Staffcapability
Itisimportanttoconsidercarefullythewaythemobiledeviceswillbeintroduced.Youdon’twanttobeinapositionwhereteachingstafffeelthattheyarehavingthedevicesdumpedonthemwithoutconsultation.Itisalwaysagoodideatodistributethedevicestotheteachingstaffandgivethemtimetobecomefamiliarwiththembeforeallowingthechildrentodivein.YoumaywanttointroducesharedcalendarsandEmailinitially-focussingonthedevicesasameanstobeamoreeffectiveadministrator.Youmightallowthestafftodownloadandtryoutapps.Thiscouldleadtostafftrainingonsomeofthecoreappsthatcanbeappliedtomanycurriculumareas.ThenintroducetheiPadstothestudentswhenstafffeelconfidentinusingthem.ConsiderplanninginaprogramofCPDforthestaff.PreparingthestaffforusingtheiPadsiskey.
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Staffcapability
Whereareyourstaffnow?Whocanyouidentifythatmightleadothersinusingthedevices?Whodoyouthinkwillneedadditionalsupport?WhatwouldyouwantaprogrammeofCPDtocover?
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Pedagogicalmodels
Whatpedagogicalmodelswillyouemploytosupporteffectiveuseofthedevices?PaperlessLearningUsingappssuchasshowbie,studentsandteacherscansharework.Teacherscanannotatethestudentswork….FlippedClassroomUsetechnologytochangethewayyouteach.Blendedlearning.Studentslearnaboutnewconceptsoutsideoftheclassroomforexampleviatheinternet,videosSelf-pacedlearningHowcouldyouuserepositoriessuchasITunesUtocreateacoursethatthestudentscanthenfollowselfpaced.Thiscouldleadtoparentsandthewiderfamilybecominginvolvedinlifelonglearning.
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Pedagogicalmodels

Student-centeredChallengeBasedLearningBeginwiththeendinmind.Thinkofagoodqualityquestion,planideasthatcouldbeusedtosolvetheanswertothequestion,mapoutanoutlineoftheproject,setdeadlinessothatyouknoweachsectionhasbeenachieved,completethechallenge.DevelopingcriticalthinkingskillsLifelonglearningskillsthatcanbeappliedinanysituation.Habitsofmindhttp://www.habitsofmind.org/sites/default/files/HOM_Posters.pdf
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TechnicalConsiderations
Explorethesectionsbelowtodiscoverideasandkeyquestionsthatyoumaywanttoanswer
WifiCoverage
Deploymentmodels
Devicecharging&storage
Filemanagement
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Wificoverage
Unlessyouwanttoseriouslyrestrictwhatyourdevicescandothisisahighprioritybeforeyouconsiderbuyingthedevices.Youcanaskcommercialcompaniestocomeintotheschoolanddiscusshowandwhereyouwouldliketousethedevices.Don’tjustthinkaboutnowthough-alsoconsiderwhatyoumightwantinthreeyearstime,howmanydevicesmightyouhaveaccessingthewirelesstechnologybythen?Futureproofyourtechnologyasmuchaspossible.Makesurethatthewirelesshasenoughcapacitytocopewithmoredevicesbeingaddedtoitinthefuture.Whateveryoudecidegoforamanagedsystem.Theyaremoreexpensiveinitiallybutcansavealotofheartacheinthefuture.Keyquestions:Howmanydevicesareyoulikelytowantintheareacoveredbyasingleaccesspoint?Areyoulikelytowantstudentstobeabletousetheirowndevicesinthefuture?http://www.netspotapp.comwillhelpyoumapwificoverage
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Devicecharging&storage
Howwillthedevicesbechargedandstored?Thereisalwaysariskwithdevicesinschoolthattheywillbetargetfortheft.Thereareanumberofsolutionsyoucouldemploytokeepthedevicessafe.Charge&SyncTrolleysThiskindoftrolleyisreallyusefulifyourdeviceswillberoamingaroundtheschoolinsets.MostincludeaUSBhubthatchargesthedeviceswithaconnectionforadesktopcomputerthatcanbeusedtoinitiallysetupthedevicesandpushoutupdates.Typicalexamplesofmobiledevicetrolleyscanbefoundhere.http://www.lapsafe.com/products/solutions-for/tabletshttp://parotec-it.co.uk/LockersSomecompaniesofferfixedlockerswithchargingfacilitiesbuiltin.Checkouthttp://www.traka.com/products/lockers/ipad_lockersHowwillyousafeguardthesecurityofthedevices?Considerhavingthedevicesengraved…..
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Devicemanagement
Beforeyousetupyourdevicesyouneedtoconsiderhowtheappswillbedeployed.YoucanuseproprietarysoftwarelikeAppleConfiguratorandachargeandsynctrolleytosetupyourdevices.YoucanalsouseathirdpartymobiledevicemanagersuchasMerakiorLightspeedhttps://meraki.cisco.com/products/systems-managerManagershavetheabilitytoturnfeatures,likethecameraonandoffandtodistributefilesandappswirelessly.TheydohowevertakemoreinitialsetupasyoutendtoneedtocreateanIDforeachdevice.Yourbestmethodwilldependwillvarydependingonwhetherthedeviceisforonepersonorsharedamongstseveralpeople.ItwillalsobeeasiertodoemailprojectswhendeviceshaveindividualIDs
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Deploymentmodels
Thereareseveraldifferentwaysthatyoucandeploythedevices:-TeachersbeforestudentsTeacherafterstudentsStudentandteachertogetherThiscouldbeas:yeargroupsclassesindividualone-to-oneasharedbookableresourceAllofthesemodelshavetheiradvantages,Youneedtoconsiderthespecificneedsofyourschool,teachingstaffandlearnerstoworkoutwhichisbest.
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PracticalConsiderations
Explorethesectionsbelowtodiscoverideasandkeyquestionsthatyoumaywanttoanswer
Dealingwithbreakages
Life-Cycle
Filemanagement
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Dealingwithbreakage
Howwillbreakagesbemanaged?Itisinevitablethattherewillbesomedevicesthatfail.Youcanprotectthemfromthedailyrigoursoflifeintheclassroomwithruggedcasestopreventcarelessdamagesbutyoucan’thelpitifthehardwarefails.Mostmanufacturersofferthechanceforyoutoextendthewarrantyandyoucouldinsurethedevicesintheschoolinsurancepolicy/Theapproachyoutakedependsonwhetherthedevicesareownedbytheschooloronaleaseprogram.Ifthedevicesaregoinghomewiththestudentsregularly,aretheparentsexpectedtoinsurethedevice,doestheschoolprocuretheinsurancearrangementsandthenchargetheparents?Someschoolshaverealisedthat,ratherthanpayupfronttoprotectthedevices,itisoftencheapertoworkonapercentageofdevicesthatwillfailorneedreplacingandbuysparestocoverthis.Youhavetheaddedadvantageofhavingextradevicesavailablethatyoucoulduseifneededthatwillbethesameastheonesyoualreadyhave.Whatdothinkwillworkbestforyou?
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FileManagement
Howwillstudentfilesbedeployedandcollected?ThisisoneofthequestionsthatcausesICTsupportpeoplethegreatestdegreeofconcern,particularlyiftheyareusedtosupportingdesktopenvironment.Thereareavarietyofappsthatcanbeusedtotomovefilesonandoffthedevice.SomeappscanuseWebDavsharesfromyournetworktosharefileswhileothersworkreallywellwithcloud-basedserviceslikedropbox.AppslikeFilebrowserallowyoutodirectlyaccessandstorefilesfromWindowsandApplenetworksaswellasbeingabletoaccessandmovefilestoandfromcloud-basedservices.Don’tforgetthegoodoldfashionedcableeither.IfyoupluganiPadintoacomputeritwillappearasadigitalcamerasoyoucandownloadphotosandvideosandyoucanuseiTunestoaccessothertypesoffile.
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LifeCycle
Realisticallyassoonasyoubuyyourdevicesyouneedtostartthinkingaboutreplacingthem.Thisshouldbeplannedandbudgetedfortoensurethattheyoukeepuptodatewiththelatesttechnology.Whatdoyouseethelife-cycleofthecurrentinvestmentbeing?Thinkaboutthisasnumberofyears.Normallife-cyclesoftechnologyequipmentinaschoolisbetweenthreeandfiveyearsbutwiththepaceofdevelopmentseenwithmobiledevicesittendstobenearertwoyears.Keyquestions:Howwillyoufundtheupgradeofthedeviceswhenthetimecomes?Whoinschoolwillberesponsibleforidentifyingwhenthedevicesarereachingtheendoftheirlife?HowwillyouincorporatethisinyourstrategicplanningforICTandfinance?
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Safety&Security
Explorethesectionsbelowtodiscoverideasandkeyquestionsthatyoumaywanttoanswer
Acceptableuse?
e-Safety
Assettagging
Findingyourdevices
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Acceptableuse
Mobiledevicespresentdifferentchallengestootherdevicesyoumayhaveusedinschool.WhatwillyourAcceptableUsePolicybeforyourstaffandstudents?Theacceptableusepolicyshouldbeplanned,thoughtout,distributedandsignedbyanypersonwhoisgoingtobeusingamobiledevice.AquicksearchoftheInternetbringsupavarietyofproformasthatwillserveasinspirationwhenyouwriteyours.Astaffmeetingtothrashoutpotentialconcernswillundoubtedlyhelptoo.YourAUPsshouldbereviewedregularlyduetotherapidlychangingnatureoftechnologyandshouldfitinwiththeschoole-safetypolicy.Youcanseeanexampleofanacceptableusepolicyheretogetyougoing.
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e-Safety
Itisworthwhileconsideringrevisitingthee-safetycodeofconductinschooltomakesureitcoversmobiledevices.Thefactthatthedevicescanbeusedbyindividualsanywhereandaremoredifficulttomonitormeansthatyoumayneedtowritespecificguidance.http://learning.sunderlandschools.org/index.php/keeping-children-safe/e-safety/e-safety-downloadswillgetyoustartedifyoudon’thaveanything.EveryoneusingamobiledevicewillneedtorevisitandsignuptotheCybersafeAgreement.Youmayalsoconsiderwhenisitappropriatetotakephotos,videosandvoicerecordings.Whatitisandisn’tappropriatetoshareonline.Talkaboutaskingpermissionbeforepostingaphotographofanotherpersonandrememberifyouwouldn’twearitonaT-shirtinpublicdon’tshareit!
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AssetTagging
Thedeviceswillbeatriskoftheftfromthemomenttheyarriveinschool,buthappilytheriskscanbemanaged.Assettaggingisareallygoodwaytoidentifythedevicesandattributeownershiptotheschool.Manyhardwareproviderscanarrangeforthedevicestobeengravedwiththeschoollogoandsomecanalsoarrangeconsecutivenumbering.Bearinmindthatmostcaseswillpotentiallycoverthemarkings.Itcanbeaseriousdeterrenttothievesasitreducestheirsalability.Thinkabouthowthedevicesaregoingtobetaggedandwhoisgoingtoberesponsibleformakingandmaintainingtherecords.Whatwouldyouliketobeengravedonthedevices?Havewegotagoodqualityschoollogofortheengravertouse?
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Findingyourdevice
Intheeventofoneofyourdevicesbeinglostorstolenitispossibletotrackwhereitis.Appledeviceshavea‘findmyiPad”featurethatusesGPStolocatethedeviceand,oncelocated,youcanlockitorremotelywipethedata.Thismakesitmuchharderforathieftosell.ForthatreasonyoushouldkeepyourloginsforiTunestopsecret.Yourcredentialsarebestkeptintheschoolsafeandneverdiscussedwheresomeonemayoverhear.
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