Over the past several years, I have visited several schools to talk about iPads. I am often called in to talk to a school in the early stages of implementation. Usually, the teachers have only had their personal iPads for a few months and the student iPads or cart iPads are still in the future.
This is the perfect time to host a professional development session. This gives me (or whoever offers it to your school) the opportunity to save your school and teachers a lot of time. We can warn you away from the mistakes we have made, and we can point you directly towards solutions that might have taken us months to stumble upon ourselves.
Below is a list of the most common questions I receive from teachers and administrators at these early training sessions.
If your school is instituting a 1-to-1 iPad program that provides students with “personal” iPads or otherwise allows students to take the devices home with them, then one of your top priorities needs to be training the parents.
This is absolutely critical and was one of the things that is often overlooked by schools with these programs. Even though the students might be techno-savvy wunderkinds, many parents do not fully understand the capabilities of these devices. Proper training is key to help monitor and protect students while they are using your devices off of school grounds.
When introducing iPads into a school, you can be sure that there will be a lot of concerned teachers. Many worry that they will not understand the technology, or they are afraid that the students will “outsmart them” or make them look silly or ignorant. Others are more traditional and are simply not excited abut having to adapt to this new technology.
But the fact is that this technology is here to stay. This sort of stuff is the future and even if the teachers or older generations don’t care for it, current students will need to know how to utilize this technology for their eventual careers. It would be a travesty for schools not to do their best to teach with these tools to help prepare kids for a tech-heavy future.