SMART CLASSROOMS: State schools pilot iPads
24 February 2011
Can the popularity of iPads be translated into educational benefits? Two state schools are helping the Queensland education community find out.
Throughout Semester 1, Kedron State High School and Doomadgee State School will explore the teaching, learning and business potential of the mobile devices for schools.
They are supported by the Information and Technologies Branch, which is leading the project, providing support and technical assistance. 3G and non-3G wireless models are being piloted.
Kedron State High School students and teachers are using a shared class set of iPads, enabling a greater number of students and teachers to be involved in the pilot.
They are using wireless iPads within maths, English, home economics, English as a second language and middle phase of learning classes. Watch this podcast to find out more.
Doomagee State School will provide their Year 8 and 9 students with wireless 3G iPads. They will be given the opportunity to use iPads at school and home.
A number of other schools throughout the state which are not involved in the pilot are also independently trialling iPads.
Staff at these schools can share their experiences, knowledge, challenges and best practice with the pilot schools by joining a new online community within the Learning Place. The project room name is: DET iPad Trial.
Others with Learning Place access who are using iPads either professionally or personally can share their experiences within the Learning Place blog area.Using the hashtags #iPadAppReview, #iPadTechnical, #iPadSolution and #iPadGeneral within the blog will enable other Education Queensland staff to search for and read your posts.