Colin's Sandbox

Week 7: #seaccr Holding Pattern

by on Oct.25, 2013, under #seaccr

I see others rolling on in their data collection but I’m a little stuck with my study.  My coworker is heading out to the district for a training session on 11/1/13 and I won’t have another chance prior to then in order to collect meaningful data.  In the interim I have had a chance to go over the training materials that she’s put together and give substantive feedback enhanced by the data already received.  In particular, the survey data indicated that the participants had a decent familiarity with the iPad devices but the training materials as I’ve seen them are a little heavy on the basics in my opinion.

She does spend some time covering the new features of iOS 7, which is a good thing.  A big highlight that I saw included in the presentation was in reference to how to judge an app relative to others across seven different domains.  I encourage any educator who has to make a decision on “what apps should I get?” to read through this to give themselves a starting point for meaningful comparisons between apps.

Going forward I look forward to having some more interaction with the trainer and help fine tune anything she’d like to work on.  I’ve also suggested that, due to the perceived level of familiarity present with the participants, to include some tasks for them to accomplish ahead of time to further identify where they’re at and to provide good conversation points for the training itself.

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  • Tracie Weisz

    Colin – Sometimes I think we are all guilty of a little overkill with iPad basics. We did a tech workshop this summer, and 1/2 of one day was all iPad basics. Every participant indicated at the end that they only needed 1/2 or less than what they received in that session, and all felt that it wasn’t difficult to figure out a lot of it. I think the biggest thing teachers need help with on iPads is not getting apps, it’s workflow, There are many ways a kids can use an iPad and teachers new to using them in this way are very often unfamiliar with management and workflow – and usually don’t even know enough about that to know they are missing that crucial piece! I’m glad to see there are more of these app rubrics making the rounds – I hear more teachers trying to be more critical of the apps they are considering, and often taking more time to look up reviews, or get feedback from other teachers before grabbing the first math for 4th grade app they see. Thanks for the link to the domains for evaluating apps – great resource that I can use myself and pass around!

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