Albion Middle School
March 12, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 am

Attendees: Ryan Neff, Ryan Pohlman, Larry Odom, Katie Blunt, Kelly Dumont, Dean Glanville, Dave Heywood, Nick Hamilton, Connie Simmons

Nick Hamilton - Hamilton Education Solutions
(teacher)
Worked with middle and high school students.
Used iPod Touches with the Special Education students
Helping students learn visually
Students like it
Apps
Videos on the iPods
All the iPod students got the lesson plans and materials in advance on their iPods so they were prepared when the teacher presented the material
  • Teacher lessons were made into PowerPoints which were converted into videos and put onto the iPods
  • Used Cram software for students to get assignments and submit them
  • Used UTIPS as well
  • Data send directly to teachers via email
  • Teachers acted like facilitators - providing apps and resources on the iPods then facilitating discussion and activities in class
  • Used Calendar on iPod to input schedules, assignments, homework, etc. Giving the students reminders of what they are supposed to do. (They used Google Calendar. They connected to iCal and Entourage/Outlook. Would Exchange work?)
  • The assignments are submitted by the teacher. A calendar event is sent. An email is also sent with all the info, links, etc. needed for the assignment.
  • Uploaded eBooks onto the iPod so they don't even have to remember their books - the reading is on the iPod - text books uploaded onto iPod (eReader or Stanza)
Also use the iPad
Can enable restrictions to limit what they do. Teacher has an access code to enable restrictions.
Parents and students sign an agreement that the iPod belongs to the school, the school sets the restrictions, parents and students take responsibility and agree to rules.

Dean Glanville (IT Architect)
Problem: Too many wireless devices, like the iPods, will not run well on our wifi system unless Apple turns on "n".
The iPad will work really well, but the iPods not so much right now.
We need to try this out to see how well things run before buying for may classes.
We need to work as a team to make things run the very best.
Make sure we purchase the correct models so things will run well
We need to make sure we take the time to "flesh out" all the problems
We do need to have a pilot where the teacher understands this might not work and we may need to fix things
We need to not just have technology for technology's sake. We need some sort of measureable improvement at the end of a pilot.

Larry Odom (principal)
We can help parents/community learn how to use their smart phones to access school resources.
We should be doing the same with the kids.
This year all teachers have a website, but they need to see how it can really be workable and be dynamic. The iPods would take this the step further.
Curriculum mapping is going on with EBL - teachers who teach the same content are planning similar year-long schedules
The goal is to put tools into the students' hands to help them do more and better work.
Students who are sick, leaving for sports or music, students who are lazy, students who travel can look online or on their iPod/iPad to get work, assignments, and live video feed of teachers
We have to have a district standard for set-up, equipment, and performance
We need to communicate the district technology plan to all schools, admins, teachers -- we need to get every school on the same page with the same tools, expectations, etc.

Katie Blunt / Kelly Dumont (IT Ed Techs)
Shared what has been going on with the iPod lab at Willow Canyon Elementary

Connie Simmons (teacher)
On her website: syllabus, assignments, email lists with reminders, uploading assignments as pdf's
Let's do these kinds of things on the iPods
Concerns:
Will students have to use iPods to type? Answer: They don't have to. They can type on a computer then upload. Or they can type on the iPod.
What if they don't have wireless or any Internet or a computer at home? A: Public Library
Do they take the cable home? Will they be easily lost?
What are the objectives? Her students are already honors students, so they would have different objectives than test score or grade improvement.
Teacher learning curves, fears, PD, etc.

Dave Heywood (IT Deployment)
Security Concerns:
One to one?
Will the students take them home?
What if they get lost or stolen?
What about filters? We can't control their home Internet filters. A: Very clear rules and expectations.
How do we scale the plan? Things that work in a small environment will not necessarily work large-scale.
As we discuss what our pilot teacher is doing (Connie) we need to take that a step further to see how that will work larger scale.

Management Idea: Use the iPods as a reward program: If they show they are responsible and follow the rules and keep up their grades and take good care of their iPod, then more restrictions are unlocked to give them more apps or other tools (like iTunes). If they mess up, they lose access.

Students can drive the apps. When they find something they want to do, they can request the apps to do it.

Where do we go from here?
Larry will put together a formal presentation for the K-16 directors as soon as he has the go-ahead.
We need to decide standards. What will the deployment standard be? What will the curriculum standard be?
Create a blueprint showing what it will take to make this work and include it in a presentation to put before the directors.
Follow-Up meeting within a week.