The iPad Age – Catering to Varied Learning Styles.

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    Registration Name: eMaharashtra 2012
    Project Category: digitalLEARNING :: Best Technology Practices in Teaching- Learning Process
    Project Name: The iPad Age – Catering to Varied Learning Styles.

    Details of Applicant
    Name: Vandana Lulla
    Address: Saraswati Road Santacruz(W), Maharashtra. Mumbai
    City: Mumbai
    State: Maharashtra
    Country: India
    Zip Code: 411009

    Details of  Project/Implementing Agency:

    Name of Organisation: Podar International School
    Address: Saraswati Road Santacruz(W), Maharashtra. Mumbai
    City: Mumbai
    State: Maharashtra
    Country: India
    Zip Code: 411009
    Name of the Head of Organisation: Vandana Lulla

    Brief description of the programme/project/initiative :

    We have introduced the use of tablets like iPad in the school to enhance the learning experience of the students. iPad’s serve the purpose of both a laptop and note book in the class and substantially reduces the bag-load of the students. Highly interactive and graphic-intensive apps available for most subjects enrich students’ learning. It also helps in engaging all kinds of learners in a class. Powerful built-in apps and apps from the App Store let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant, and access an entire library wherever they go. Students are very tech-savvy today and very comfortable with touch screen technology.

    Why was the project started?
    This project is to make learning more engaging for the students, enable students to learn at their pace, to allow for differentiated learning in the class, to integrate latest technology into education, to help students manage their class work, home work, research and organize all of it in one device, allows for effective collaboration during class work using apps like group board, enables teacher to give instantaneous personalised feed back to each student and to to help student replay a teacher’s lesson for revision before exams.

    The device allows for multisensory access to content, facilitate comprehension, encourage more effective participation in academics, promote creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in students, introduce paperless classrooms through use of apps for note- making, mind maps, pdf readers, audio books and allow for personalized learning.

    Target Group:
    Secondary Section

    Geographical reach:
    Maharashtra State, India

    Date from which the project became operational :

    Is the Project still operational :

    10 points that make the programme/project innovative:

    “1. Powerful built-in apps and apps from the App Store available for various subjects make learning an engaging experience.
    2. Learning is made personalized as student can replay a teacher’s lesson as and when required for revision.
    3. Creativity, collaboration and critical thinking becomes an integral part of learning through use of apps like story board, group boards, podcasts and mind-mapping apps
    4. eBooks having interactive content and 3D graphics makes a text book come to ‘life”. Organising work becomes easier and it serves as a ‘class book, homework book, research book’ for any number of subjects.
    5. It renders powerful 3D visualizations, compelling process simulation and engages young minds.
    6. Offers insight into complex processes facilitating the construction of complex learning paths and learning style adaptive framework.
    7. It benefits all types of students- • Disruptive or inattentive students are transformed into involved learners. • Use of visuals help students with limited proficiency to grasp concepts. • Replay of recorded lessons allows for effective revision. • Gifted students can explore their creativity and can take up extensive research in related topics.
    8. Increases test scores, and increases knowledge retention.
    9.It speeds up the pace of a lesson; so more work can be accomplished in each class.
    10. Teachers can create additional effective educational content and helps breathe new life into the curriculum.”

    List  5 achievements of the programme/project:

    “1.Use of iPad technology helps deliver engaging education programmes where classrooms are more focused. Students can experiment with different ‘what-if’ scenarios and actively discover unique solutions
    2.Use of iPad technology helps sharpen the skills of students & teachers, changes the way one engages students and understanding of abstract concepts blossom.
    3.It creates a completely immersive learning environment in which students learn more and retain information for better scores.
    4.Apps having interactive 3D graphics and simulations make learning a fruitful experience.
    5.Students taught in iPad technology score better than students taught in standard curriculum.”

    List 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative and how they were overcome?

    “1. The biggest challenge for teachers today is to spark interest in the student, keep them engaged and help them retain the content. Since the student understood better and classroom explanation was cleared in a shorter span of time, the teacher had to ask additional higher order thinking questions and keep worksheets ready that were at par with the iPad.
    2. Teachers needed to change their teaching style. They had to spend a lot of time on research to find apps that would support their pedagogy. Sharing of research and conducting evaluation meetings helped the team to arrive at a consensus on the common apps that can be used for note making, min mapping, collaboration etc. It was difficult to finds subject- specific apps for certain subjects like Economics and Business Studies. This was overcome by the teachers making use of apps that allowed access to content from a variety of newspapers and magazines.
    3. Changing the networking and internet accessibility in all class rooms was a challenge. Initially investing in iPad seemed to be hovering above but once the purpose was explained to the governing body, they believed that iPad would take the curriculum to a new height and supported the project immensely. This has been overcome by upgrading the wifi availability in every classroom.
    4. Explaining to the parents the benefits of iPads in the classroom was essential to the success of the program. This was done by inviting parents to workshops that included mock classroom sessions using iPad. The cost of the device and associated issues of theft, lost and breakages were a concern. These are being overcome by negotiating for a bulk purchase price with the vendor and restricting the introduction of iPad only to secondary classes. Also, the use of interactive white boards will not be stopped so that students not having iPads will not be a t a loss.
    5. Learners can switch over to non-educational apps during a classroom session. This has been overcome by integrating classroom management software that allows a teacher to monitor every student’s iPad. Getting teachers to accept use of technology was a big challenge. We overcame this by training teachers to become techno savvy, got them to believe that lessons would be more interesting for students and once we crossed the bridge, plans were modified to suit classroom teaching using iPad.”

    List 5 points on how  the programme can serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

    “1. Teachers can prepare novel content and schools use a variety of media content. Students are able to use the content prepared by teachers for betterment of their learning entirely new levels.
    2. Classrooms can make use of powerful built-in apps and apps from the App Store to take a variety of lessons to entirely new levels.
    3. Using the apps in creative ways, using the content with higher order questioning to probe for deeper understanding, and creating what-if situations from simulated environments.
    4.Use of interactive subject specific apps to leverage the benefits of visualization, concreteness in learning, and to eliminate persistent achievement gaps found in classrooms
    5. Can import a variety of content in other formats too.”

    List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

    “1. Caters to a wide variety of audience- K -12 and can cover all age groups.
    2. It can be customized to cater to various subjects and streams across the curriculum-Geography, history, Maths, Art, Biology, Science, astronomy etc.
    3. It is completely user friendly and very engaging for the learners.
    4. Can import 3D content/variety of media content directly into their worlds
    5. Content on the apps can be displayed to the interactive boards through connectors for complete viewing.”

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