Just reflecting briefly on the iPad team that we have recently setup at school. The team is made up of 17 children and 3 staff, with the overall aim of implementing a class set of 31 iPads. In our first meeting, we discussed the aims of the project and considered the benefits of buying iPads, as well as some of the disadvantages. Throughout this discussion, the children and staff began to consider how iPads could benefit learning, which involved taking apart the learning process and considering how this could be enhanced at school. This is an area that I’d like to take further in future meetings and I hope to enable the children to plan and discuss ways the iPads could be used in their learning, before sharing this with other children, staff and the wider world.
The team brainstormed their ideas for raising the funds using the ‘How Might We…’ approach that I was made aware of by @oliverquinlan. Initially, the ideas were mainly based around bake sales, sponsored walks etc. however, once the substantial amount of money we need was introduced, the ideas quickly broadened.
The children have come up with a huge range of ideas, one of which (and perhaps the most exciting!) is an idea to create an e-safety app for the iPhone and iPad. They would like it to include some sort of game that as you work through, you meet a range of potential ‘risks’ and you have to decide how to deal with them to keep yourself safe. Another idea was to include an ‘e-safety tip of the day’. They have some amazing ideas and are incredibly excited about starting to design the game, the characters and the challenges…and I’m excited to see what they come up with!
The next stage is to think about how we can actually create this app, promote it and sell it. The team are already looking into this and contacting members of the local community to ask for support. If you, or anyone you know might be interested in supporting this project or getting involved somehow, please get in touch – my twitter ID is @alexgingell or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The idea of an e-safety app created by children, for children, really excites me but I don’t have the knowledge or skills to produce it myself.
This project brings a real context and purpose to the children’s learning. They are utilising a range of skills and applying them in order to solve a real problem with real outcomes. Along the way, they have created their own opportunity to develop an app with real potential and exciting learning opportunities for children everywhere. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next! 🙂