Adams students unpack iPads
Initiative supplying computers for every student aims to build 21st-century skills
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Fourth-grade students in Dan Orlano’s class use their iPads to draw points on a graph and find coordinates. Students are able to create different sized graph paper and then display their work on the screen with the push of a button.
Adams Elementary School students are able to find graphing paper, draw coordinates on a graph and project their work for other students to see without leaving their desks.
They are able to do this through a one-on-one iPad initiative that was approved in May by the Carroll School Board after three teachers in the school, which has enrollment of approximately 240 fourth- and fifth-graders, made a presentation to the board in April. The goal of the iPads is to create an engaging environment that is rich in 21st century skills that promotes student success.
The initiative forces students to become the producers of knowledge by letting them make videos and informational charts in a digital format from their iPads at home.
Dan Orlano’s fourth-grade classroom demonstrated what the iPads can do.
Students are now able to pull up some of their textbooks on the iPads and listen to the books while reading them at the same time.
Using a program called Noteables, students can keep track of each subject easily.
Students split up categories by subjects. From there, students can keep track of each day’s notes and homework. They are able to email notes and homework to their teacher whenever he or she asks for them.
Through Infinite Campus portal, teachers can post to students calendars and assignments so each student can access it and know what work is due and when.
Parents can also log on to access students’ homework grades.
Students can also use applications such as Popplet. With Popplet students can create interactive graphs and charts to share. In an online format, students are able to add pictures and videos to their charts and upload them straight to a projector or television. iPads are easier to use than computers for this sort of work because there isn’t any uploading time. If you connect the iPad to a screen, the charts and videos should play instantly.
Students began taking home iPads on Wednesday night. With the devices, students were given several instructions to follow.
Ryan Simmelink, a fourth-grade teacher, presented the rules to the fourth- and fifth-grade students during a school assembly last week.
Rules include keeping the iPads in their school-issued case at all times and not decorating either the case or the iPad itself.
They aren’t to be taken out of backpacks until the student is instructed to use them in the classroom and shouldn’t be used on the bus, playground or in the hallways.
Simmelink said teachers can’t search students’ backpacks, so they will assume there is an iPad in every students’ backpack at all times. He said students can no longer throw their backpacks or leave them unattended or by the kickball field.
Students can’t sync the iPads with another iTunes account without deleting the applications the school put on them. Students have also been told not to access Facebook, or let any friends or family members access Facebook from the iPads.
Teachers will look at the iPads randomly to make sure no extra applications have been added and to make sure Facebook or any other inappropriate websites have not been accessed.
The iPads need to be charged every day or there will be similar punishments given as not having homework completed.
Students were also given a lecture on cyber bullying and online safety.
Carroll Police Officer Gary Bellinghausen gave a presentation to the students two classes at a time on Tuesday.
Bellinghausen suggested that if students create online profiles, either for social networking or games, choose gender-neutral profile names. He also suggested not putting pictures online.
Bellinghausen said if students upload pictures of themselves in front of Adams Elementary an online predator could look at the picture then go to the Adams website and figure out students’ sports and school schedules.
Students are also supposed to refrain from putting anything online that they wouldn’t want to see a coach, teacher or their parents to see.
Bellinghausen reminded students that they could pull a picture from any website and post it on a profile and pretend to be someone they are not.
He told students to never talk to anyone online that they don’t know.
Bellinghausen also warned against cyber bullying. He said cyber bullying is caught easier than regular bullying because conversations can be printed out.
He said online posts can be grounds for harassment charges.
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