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Focus On Kruger iPad Program (3rd edition) Justin Smith (Deputy Principal)

29/10/2014

Since last report, the iPad program has been increasing steadily.  The Prep and Year 1 students are regularly using the devices and showing great skill as well.  Their work revolves mainly around learning letter sounds and constructing words and sentences. The iPads allow the students to see, hear and practise their words both individually and as part of a group.  Maths hasn’t been forgotten either with our students learning their number facts in a fun and engaging way.  Our Year 2 students will begin using the devices now, with 40 purchased for their use.

All teachers in the program have received an introductory text outlining how to use the iPads that was written by our Ipad Mentor, Ms Nicole Bone. Teachers have just completed a survey to determine what further training is required and this week Ms Bone will begin visiting classes and providing observation lessons for other teachers.

Last Friday, 4 teachers completed 6 hours of professional development on the use of iPads in the classroom.  The group visited another school to view their program, heard presentations from a variety of speakers, including representatives from Apple; and saw a range of new Apps.

One common theme though, was just how engaging the devices are for young people.  There is no doubt that this is the way of the younger generation and they are quite at home with using “taps, swipes and clicks”.   We see it with our youngest students.

I would like to say how impressed I have been with the behaviour of the students when using the iPads.  They are very respectful of the equipment and of others who may be new to the technology.  The students work together so well.

Over the rest of the term, we will continue to develop how we run our iPad program and how we will link these devices into the Australian Curriculum.  It is quite a big job, but our teachers are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students.