For someone who purports to not like iPads, I’ve certainly spent a lot of time exploring their use in K-12 schools! A quick review of iPad related posts I’ve written look like this:
- Miguel’s Must-Have iPad Apps
- iPad as Laptop Replacement – Going Post-Digital!
- iPad Created Slideshows with Audio Narration
- iPad Apps for School Board members
- Banishing the Winter of Digital Discontent!
- Students Need Tools Where They Are!
- Do It Yourself iPad Charging/Sync Stations
- Why iPad? It IS the Arrow!
- iPad, Keynote and Embedding Video in Keynote
- Managing Mobile
- Sharing via Your iPad Browser Made Easy – Comparison Chart
- Content Curation Tools for the iPad
- Comparing iPad office Suites
- What To Do With App Creations
- Sharing Your iPad Creations via iFiles
- iPads Gone Wild
- Unicorns, iPads, 1 to 1, and Mystical Math
- Responding to 20 iPad Deployment Questions
- MyNotes – iOS Headaches
- in the iPad’s Defense
- Epiphany of Experiences
- Personalized Learning and School
- The iPad Effect
- Mobile Device Management
- Student Storage on the iPad Series
- Sharing iPad Docs in the “Private” Cloud
- WebDav on the iPad
- Exploring Workflows on the iPad
- Do It Yourself WebDav
- In Search of the Holy Grail – WebDav Friendly iPad Apps
- Insightful iPad Deployment
- GoogleApps for Education on iPads
- Forsaking Fidelity – #iPad Goals, Assessment, Training
- Wireless Storage for 3rd Generation iPad
- iPad Cornucopia – Podcast Wisdom from 4 Texas School Districts on Mobile Device Management
- Part 1 – iPad Deployment – Do Over.
- Part 2 – Carts, Cases, and Peripherals, Oh My!
- 3 Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with iPads
- Programming on the iPad = No Sharing
- The World that Built iPad
- iPad and Textbooks
- How to Clone iPad Settings and 7 Other FAQs
- iPads in the Classroom – MyNotes from a Great article
- Are iPad Apps Consumables?
- Print from Your iPad
- Recanting iPad Gloom and Doom
- Blogging via iPad Blogger App
- iPad Experiments Day 1 and Day 2, Day 3
- The Mark of Apple
- Tricks to Gmail on iPad
- The Road is Open
- Getting Video and Audio onto your iOS device
The reason for that is simple–although I have my preferences for the technologies I choose to use, I believe we need to find the right tools for the job. You can’t do that if you shut down dialogue and, as the Crucial Conversations authors put it, move to “silence or violence.”
This comment is also relevant and I’m including it in the main post for now:
I was just showing my 13yo daughter the “Pool of Shared Meaning” diagram and we were discussing it. She made a neat observation. She pointed out that as we work on or build our relationships, our grey ring (safety, mutual respect, dialogue and trust) grows. And therefore, the frequency and likelihood of ending up in the red ring (silence or violence) reduces. So having a “wide” grey ring would mean that we have a “narrow” red ring…
What a great point! When we focus on building our relationships, we increase our capacity to build shared meaning in healthy, productive ways – instead of falling back into unhealthy, damaging habits like silence and violence.
Food for thought from my wise young woman… 🙂
What does this have to do with iPads? Consider that planning and implementing ANY kind of change can result in stresses to your work relationships. It’s easy, as I pointed out in this post, to fall for the Sucker’s Choice (another Crucial Conversations term), an either/or proposition between two poor choices that involves trading one for the other. For example, if we’re going to do one to one, it has be done with iPads because our Community won’t settle for less than the best. The other option could be something less desirable.
“The possibilities for learning, student interaction and enhanced campus services that the iPad unleashes will all come at a price,” Kim says. “Nothing about a tool as wonderful as the iPad will lower the cost of constructing or delivering education.”
It’s easy to fall into this trap because we want to provide the best to our children, we don’t want to admit that we’re “broke” as school districts. While the economy is solid, we can afford to skip this choice, or so we tell ourselves. The truth is more “wrinkly” than that.
Teachers and students are using their personal devices as they have them, sharing when necessary. We also have devices available for checkout during the school day for those who do not have personal devices but need them for class.
I just came from a discussion at [regional service center]. The topic came up about [state org] only offering 1-1 training using Ipads. The uniform response was how unfortunate that it is that this is the only approach being promoted. NO one was taking this approach, and all are saying the same thing. Relying only on apps, and trying to distribute them is a nightmare.
“Personalization of the device is key to the success of implementation,” shared one regional service center-based educator in Texas, “and people really embracing their use of it effectively.”
“Because teachers already used iTunes, they could manage the iPads themselves.”
We took the route of giving them the option to use their personal Apple ID. I really didn’t want them to have a work and a personal account. My thinking was if they already had an Apple ID they were already using iTunes in their personal life. I wanted the device to integrate into their life as much as possible, because I figured they would use it more and we would reap rewards from that.
…one of the biggest benefits of the iPad is the freedom with which end-users can explore and customize their learning. That is taken away the second you start managing their account centrally and selecting what they have on their device. We felt, that while it’s true there would be some loss with the apps when the person leaves, it’s much like a consumable workbook that we used to buy. For example, we spent over $120,000 in “materials” for ELA curriculum a couple of years ago. If we spend $50 per device (haven’t hit that number yet) on all 2300 devices we have, we’d be close, but not quite at that number. Also, when we purchase, we include a $50 app fee so that VPP cards are both with the purchase
How your district moves from one end of the continuum to the other is where the rubber meets the road in terms of leadership, isn’t it?
For me, it’s always about the HOW to get these kinds of conversations going. This is naturally a tough role for me, so I’ve had to work at nurturing conversations over time.
Miguel – Thanks for taking the time to post this well-written article. The more we share our frustrations and successes with mobile learning environments, the easier it will become for all! – Tammy Worcester on #iPad Deployment – Do Over.
I couldn’t agree more. We have to keep the dialogue open, and, in the case of some school environments, open it up again. Otherwise, implementing iPads is a nightmare.
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