‘An App a Day: Mark 2′ Online Forum – Day 1 – Introduction

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Welcome to the ALIA Schools Online Forum An app a day: Mark 2.

This event commences today and will conclude on 29 October 2014.

Registration is free and participants who choose to comment throughout the forum will be entitled to claim PD points and request a certificate as proof of participation at the conclusion of the forum.

To participate, simply visit the blog each day, read the starting prompt then think about and explore apps that you think would be useful. You may then wish to write a response to the post so that you can share your knowledge and thoughts with the other participants.

To post a comment, open the relevant blog post and scroll down to the bottom where you will find the ‘Leave a Reply’ section. Sometimes comments will not automatically appear as a moderator needs to approve the first comment for each new respondent. Our moderator will check in throughout the day to approve comments.

Day 1: Introduction:

Today we are focusing on how iPads or other tablet devices are being used in school libraries.

  • Please take some time to consider how your school uses iPads or tablets and how you go about selecting and delivering relevant apps
  • You are then invited to comment here to share your experiences with other participants

We look forward to hearing from people across Australia and thank you for taking the time to participate and share your knowledge.

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25 thoughts on “‘An App a Day: Mark 2′ Online Forum – Day 1 – Introduction

  1. In the first instance of 1:1, we supplied tablets to our students. For many reasons(chiefly battery life and weight) these have been replaced with laptops over time. The students miss the tablet functionality. We lend banks of ipads for class use of apps. Often they are considered more for the ‘fun stuff’. Can’t afford to supply both to devices to students. In the ideal world, it would be fantastic to have a tablet and an iPad. Won’t get too excited yet, but next year we are looking at opening up mobile phone use for class applications!

      • This would be an ideal! In practical terms, if the students are accessing a text online, they can have the app on the ipad and work on a response rather than be switching screens. Just like having a print book open and writing in an exercise book. The advantage is that they are able to respond collaboratively in groups simultaneously using the digital world (padlet etc)

  2. My school has a 1:1 policy with both ipads and laptops. In the school library ipads can be used in some exciting ways. For instance, book reviews can be recorded through a podcast and created into a QR code. These codes could then be place inside the relevant book and students can use their ipad to scan the QR code and listen to the book reviews. Another idea is setting up a particular space within the library where students can use their ipad to read ebooks. I have found this prezi which I think also has a lot of great ideas.

    http://prezi.com/u8jonb0i7p2g/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

  3. Our library doesn’t supply iPads as it is a book list requirement for the students to have. We have some students who different devices of their own.
    The library provides eBook’s via the reading app Blue Fire reader.
    When every there is an eBook format of textbooks the students are required to buy this instead of the print copy. The school is trying to be a paperless school, which is a great idea, the students then don’t have to carry as much in their bags

  4. Our school has traditionally been a 1:1 laptop school, but in the last twelve months we have had iPads in primary classrooms (not taken home though) and next year our Year 7s will be given iPads rather than laptops, which will reduce cost and weight in school bags. We are exploring ways we can use these best in a library situation. Our catalogue can already be accessed wirelessly online and we are about to start building an eBook collection. I’d love to hear how others have found the take-up of eBooks.

  5. Our school has two sets of 30 ipads but I do not see them in the library. The one time I wanted them for students to take photos and make presentations, the class teacher where the ipads live deleted them. I have 28 computers in the library and when they are working properly, try to get students to log into their portals and now they are starting to use ebackpack. Students in computer lessons (with another teacher) are logged on by that teacher and rote taught a Science or HSIE topic and make up powerpoints. So all other internet work is left up to me. – very low literacy levels, some don’t have computers at home

  6. Our school is very new at adopting iPads into our Primary school. The students in Years 3 and 5 each have an iPad. The teachers of those year levels have had iPad training and on Thursday night there is an information evening for parents about iPads. The ICT Department manage the apps on a mobile device management (MDM) server and uploadthem onto the iPads. Some of the apps are ones that the school has purchased but the majority of them are free Apple apps. Our two day a week Primary teacher-librarian is a very good iPad user and is able to ‘speak app language’ with our Primary teachers.

    At our school the Secondary students have laptops and do not access apps. As the Secondary teacher-librarian I have little knowledge of apps. I personally, have not had any training on an iPad and did not own until I won an iPad at the Edutech conference earlier this year. Two essential apps that I I have loaded onto my mini iPad are the Accelerated Reader App and the Destiny library management system app. So, I’m keen to learn all I can from my colleagues through this ‘An App a day’ forum.

    • One way to increase your use of an ipad is to download the BorrowBox and Overdrive apps and borrow e-books or audio-books from your local library. Not sure where you are, but in Qld we can access these through Council libraries.

  7. We currently have a set of 30 iPads in he library, that are mainly used during library classes
    We have loaded a few books on them,a couple of free draw apps eg draw me which we use for book response activities with our prep an 1 students
    But saving and emailing the students work from these are problematic and our IT person hasn’t worked that out
    Also loading apps and updating apps on all 30 is very time consuming and our IT person has been trying to work on this for the past 6 months

  8. At our secondary school all students from years 7-10 are required to supply their own iPad. This is the first year of the iPad programme for students. Library staff are regularly checking out apps. We compile Research Starter Packs (Libguides/pathfinders) for particular topics which lists some books, websites, ebooks and apps to start the student off on their research for that topic. We assess the app in relation to the topic, cost of the app, advertisements and if it does add something to the topic which the other resources do not cover. We usually try and select free apps for this Library tool.
    We are also cataloguing some apps so that when the OPAC is searched books, websites, ebooks and apps are shown. The booklists for 2015 are being compiled and students are given a list of required apps which they must download/purchase. There is also a second list of apps which could be useful but are not essential. The lists have been compiled by discussions with teachers and through their experiences of using apps with the students.

  9. Our school has 1:1 Ipad program from Year 3. They are engaging with a variety of apps including; Reading Eggs, Mathletics, Fitzroy Readers, rED writing, Dexteria, Book Creator and my personal favourite Maths age 3-5. I choose apps based on personal experience and experimentation; whilst focusing on meeting the needs and interests of my students.
    The library has a bank of laptops and Ipads for student use which is a popular and functional way to ensure access for all.

  10. iPads introduced this year starting at Yr 7 and booklisted from 2015. A trolley available for classroom use and the same for the juniors. BYOD also starts in 2015. No iPads in the library except tablets for use by VCE students, but not such a hit at this stage.We no longer have computer labs which free up rooms to use
    All apps are curriculum based and suggested by faculties. Library can make suggestions to be part of the suite, but must be “useful” Staff in year 7 have been trained in iPad use and this will now filter to the rest.
    The library at this stage has not fished its own apps, but will look at this from 2015 as the emphasis has been on introducing iPads. T/L etremely aware and IT savvy.

  11. Our school (Yr 7-12) currently has a 1:1 iPad program however this will change slightly next year when we shift to a BYOD model for our senior students. Year 7-10 will remain with 1:1 iPads for the time being.

    All staff at our school have input into the selection of required apps at each year level. We try to keep costs down so go for free apps where possible. Any apps that require payment have to be approved by a senior person within the school who is responsible for monitoring the costs to ensure it stays within the predetermined amount for a given year.

    The app lists are made available through our LibGuides site and we link directly to the apps from this page to make the process easier for the students (although it is more time consuming for me because I am responsible for putting it all together!). We elected to do it this way as students were frequently downloading the wrong app when just provided with a list of the names of apps to get.

    Next year we intend to being recommending apps too as part of the pathfinder documents we create in the library to support assignments. These will have to be free if they are not already on the required app lists that students get at the start of the year.

    You can check our our Year 7 app list here: http://libguides.siena.vic.edu.au/year7apps

  12. We are using Ipads in our Primary School Library. I am taking it very slowly at this stage. It is quite new to me especially saving the work and edmodo. I am looking forward to learning through this blog.

  13. Our library has class sets of iPads that can be accessed by booking. These are mostly used in the junior school as the middle and senior students operate on a 1:1 laptop program. Our French and Japanese teachers have their own class sets of iPads that they use with students, for listening activities and to record their spoken tasks. It is difficult working across platforms at times, as we are a heavily PC school yet we have engaged with apple iPads as well. The best app I have come across that aligns with our school focus of Visible Learning is an app called NearPod. This app is fantastic for polling and giving instant feedback to students, collating their responses into graphic pie charts etc. I really like the idea of having apps as part of the booklist and would find this very helpful, particularly as a Film and Media teacher and aspiring TL!

  14. Although there are no ipads in the library, the children have access to them as each class has at least 10 and we borrow as required. I use ipads for research as they are so much easier to access the web than the laptops. The children can use the ipad for information and take notes in their relevant books. I have also just done a unit of work on visual literacy and we used apps to alter pictures and then make an iMovie of them. I also use my personal ipad to show stories, pictures, make poddlets, padlets, as well as photograph the children’s work and project it onto the Interactive White board.

  15. Although there is no official iPad program at my current school, 50 iPads were purchased at the start of the school year primarily for use in the year one classrooms for literacy and numeracy activities.These iPads are available to other year levels through booking through the library In my previous school, a class set of 10 iPads was used successfully in both years one and three to engage with numeracy and literacy rotations. Relevant apps were uploaded upon approval from the teacher-librarian and principal. The students engaged in a range of applications including Reading Eggs, Starfall, Mathletics and Skoolbo.

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