I have a strong belief that directors of curriculum and instruction like me need solid data from the field to make good decisions for the district. Our Media and Tech Integration folks along with our district technology committees have been waiting for the arrival of the iPad and wondering how it will shape teaching and learning in our society.
The best way we could come up with to get this information was to create opportunities for local research and development. So, we put out an invitation to district tech coaches to enter to win 5 iPads for their classroom. One set of 5 iPads, definitely like getting the golden ticket!
We received amazing entries and looked to peers across the district and the Twitterverse to get feedback on our entries. The response was exciting, and over a short weekend we had some excellent feedback on the classroom ideas and selected what we thought was the best entry. The next day, Technology Integration TOSA, Val Downing, hand delivered the 5 iPads to Tiffany Kile’s classroom at Berthoud Elementary.
Since that time, Tiffany has been tracking her students’ iPad Experience on her blog, “iKile file.” She and her students are making an important contribution to our district’s knowledge base about these tools. So far, we’ve learned enough to know that iPads are worthy tools that can be used to positively impact learning. We hope to expand our action research next fall and find other teachers interested in using these tools and collecting data about their impact.