Un élève sur trois joue sur son iPad en classe | Michael Oliveira | Produits électroniques

Thanks for sharing Geneviève!

Here is an article from La Presse on a survey of schools with iPads. The results are not so surprising, though it does emphasize the need for ongoing professional development, especially in terms of how to adjust teaching practices to accommodate the technology and how to integrate it effectively into a simple, time-saving workflow…


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Un tiers des étudiants du Québec sondés sur l’usage du iPad en classe ont admis pratiquer des jeux durant les heures d’école, et une étonnante proportion de 99% a dit…

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What Is A Flipped Classroom? – Edudemic

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Flipped classrooms are one of the more popular trends we’ve seen since Edudemic was created, and it is certainly one of the most long- lasting.

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Check out the hand dandy info graphic – it gives a nice low down on how it helps, and how teachers and students are responding:


The Digital Lives of Teens: The Key Word is Trust


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The recent decision by Glendale Unified School District in Southern California to hire a private firm, Geo Listening, that will troll through the digital lives of teenagers has sparked widespread con

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Huh. The latest version of the nannycam for our students: outsourcing a company to spy on students’ use of social media. The whole thing seems outlandishly extremist and wrong-headed, akin to using a wrecking ball to topple a house of cards…

Not that I think cyberbullying is just a house of cards, but I do think that people who, whipped into a frenzy of fear and paranoia about the dangers of social media, believe they need to surveil their children instead of guiding them are not only fighting a ridiculous battle, they are supplying the weapons.

How are we to establish a relationship based on trust with our students if we do not trust them?

Will they make mistakes? Yes.

Do we want our youth to be able to come to us when they do? Double yes.

Do we want to give them the tools to be able to make the right decisions base on their own sense of responsibility and moral compass? Triple, Quadruple yes.

I am seriously appalled.

Students Are ‘Hacking’ Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them

Thanks for sharing Ms. MK Jackson!

Below is an extremely salient article regarding very heavy-handed, top down approaches to controling students’ use of the iPad. It speaks to what Mr. P was saying on our Wednesday iPad session about the two different approaches to classroom management: control vs. awareness. This article confirms my belief that our role as educators (or as I like to call us when I am feeling grandiose- elders) is not to restrict the iPad the way you would the consumption of cookies in your three-year old, but give them the tools to make a healthy, nutritious and balanced meal.

I also like how they emphasize that even if we try the finger-shaking, ruler on the back of the hand approach, students’ will find a way to use the iPad in the way they want and, the way that it was designed for:

…Students, for their part, frequently cite the over-filtering of their school networks as one of the major impediments to their using technology to learn.

Even though much of their unfettered iPad usage in these recently publicized “hacking” cases involved, as The LA Times put it “non-schoolwork” and as NPR dismissed it “entertainment,” it’s important to recognize how students do learn with technology. It isn’t simply a matter of a digital version of analog lessons and readings—something implicitly presumed by the Los Angeles’s school system’s plan to “limit the tablets, when taken home, to curricular materials from the Pearson corporation, which are already installed.” Students listen to music and chat with friends while they study. Their iPad “hack”—their work-around—demonstrates their desire, not to mention their ability, to do just that.

Other points that resonated with me:

  • Students’ are going to find a way around unreasonable control and filtering no matter what we do- we can either keep trying to control it or find a better use of our time.
  • That by trying to control the device, we are basically locking up its full potential in a cupboard and hiding the key instead of giving them the freedom to explore the device and figure out for themselves its potential.
  • That the iPad, for all its great uses, does not lend itself to students’ actually digging in the guts of the machine and getting their hands dirty with some coding, a setback in terms of creating a generation that programs the computers instead of being programmed by them.

Not that I think it is easy to teach or guide students in a responsible, effective use of technology. But what I realized as a mother of two kids is that if they don’t get it the first time you say it, repeat, repeat and repeat. And then talk about it some more, and then repeat, repeat repeat repeat and then make them watch a documentary on it  or cite an article stating how it effects their brains (stats never hurt!) and then make them talk about it and then keep on questioning them and then repeat, repeat repeat until it is embedded in their brains. Not easy no, but better than cutting their use of technology at the point where they can own it and make it theirs.

Read the article and tell me what you think!

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The limitations imposed on these devices inhibit students’ natural curiosity.

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When the Rules Get in the Way

I have been having an interesting discussion with a mother of one of the students at our school. Her daughter is very responsible and always on task and was one of the students we looked at when modelling the kind of behaviour with the iPad we would like to see in all our students.

The discussion is centered around the new iPad rules we put in place after taking stock of our lessons learned last year (where we did not develop a set of rules regulating appropriate use). We looked at the survey we took of the Grade 7 class and made the following recommendations:



The grade 7 class were walked through these rules at the beginning of the year and a couple of weeks ago I went to speak to the grade 8 class (our first 1:1 iPad class). While the grade 7s dutifully took it all in without a peep, the Grade 8 class naturally had some issues.

One issue that has come up is that the girl (in Grade 8) uses her alerts to remind her of lunchtime meetings and other school-related meetings, which is great! Except for the fact that we tell them to put on the Do Not Disturb during school hours which means they won’t receive their alerts until the end of the day.

HUh. Problem. I really really hate when too many rules get in the way of innovative, efficient use of technology. I have had some experience at other jobs that have so many filters and blocks and security precautions that it almost renders the machine useless. I am very wary of doing that with the students.

The unfortunate truth about rules is that they are usually a reaction to a problem only the minority of a population have. The rules were created above for those students who had said yes to all the push notifications of all the apps they purchased so they were constantly being distracted in class by someone posting something on Facebook (eg. I just had a glass of  orange juice! Alert!) or any game they happen to be playing.

So what to do? I personally believe we can keep the spirit of the law (turn off most notifications except the ones used for school) and leave the reminders and alerts a student needs for the school day.

Having said that, I still think the alert needs to be on mute. It is one thing to have it pop up on the screen, another to remind the whole class you have a science tutorial at lunch….

What do you think?


Read, Write, Reflect: Classroom Management… or Should it be Mismanagement?

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Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

Thanks Isabelle, for forwarding this to me. It is a nice reflection about what is important in a classroom. Though it occurred to me while I was reading this that classroom management isn’t always about disciplinem but about streamlining the workflow and efficiency. If there are certain guidelines at the beginning of the year that are set up in order to not watse time, I am not sure if that is so much a “rule” in terms of discipline, but a guideline in order to not waste anyone’s time. Or am I splitting hairs here?

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Before You Enter Poster: A preemptive strike against distraction!

Today was the first day of high school for the grade sevens. We had an orientation session with them where we told them exactly what we expected in terms of their behaviour with the iPad.

Incorporating the lessons we learned with last year’s first 1:1 iPad class here is what they need to do before they enter a class:

IPad rules

The actual poster is still under construction, but you get the idea…

We also covered how to use reminders and calendars as an agenda, how to set up your email and some digital communication etiquette, tips and tricks, and points of netiquette.

Next will have to be a more in depth conversation about our social media policy and a discussion on the internet, branding and privacy!