Technology Pilot: AUP, Device Procedures,& Reflections

As I make preparations for the use of iPads in my classroom and creating a blended classroom, there are a lot of intricate details that must be handled before students can use the devices and for teachers to create a blended classroom.  I am very grateful for the checklist and action plan that were used in the intel modules. They are awesome resources. I have always wanted to do something like this. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in a science quality grant a few years ago that included a technology portion on creating blogs, using sites like dropbox, edmodo, and etc.  A few important thing to remember when wanting to create a blended classroom is to:

  •  make sure it fits the needs of your students.
  • keep it user friendly
  • take time to carefully implement a strict yet simple AUP for the devices and internet services that will be used.
  • create a parent group so parents can stay up to date with what’s going on
  • try and keep the number of services used to a minimum. Some of the services require passwords and etc. It can become a little overwhelming for students
  • use your selected apps and sites to it’s fullest potential before you deem it a dud and ditch it.

There are a lot of great apps and sites to use. You have to find the one that fits your class and offers the features that you want in order to facilitate the online learning experience.  I also use Remind101 to send my students reminders as well. They creators of  Remind 101 updated it so that you can now send messages to specific groups of students. (Awesome!!) That’s another point of consideration, most of the apps will provide updates to their programs that fits the needs of their users through feedback. (Yes…. they do listen to what we say in our feedback comments) But keep in mind that it takes time for the changes to be made.

Check back later for a link to my AUP and device procedures. (I have been doing a lot of revising)


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    Heidi said,

    Creating a parent group! Yay! Technology in the classroom has better success when the students, teachers, leaders, AND families are on board. They are a vital part of student and school success.

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