iPad Project Team

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 ajgingell@gmail.com. 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! 🙂

4 thoughts on “iPad Project Team

  1. Thanks Richard – I’m really enjoying it! We have thought about the price and weighed up the options. The accessibility and wide range of apps for the iPad made it popular with staff and we are thinking of taking a ‘mac’ route for some of our suite computers. Do you use an android tablet?

  2. An e-safety app does sound useful and one designed by students would be more engaging. At Cramlington (Learning Village) we have also gone for tablets, but like Richard we felt the flexibility offered by Android far out-stripped iOS. Not to mention the cost, iPads are premium products after all.I’ve built a number of Android apps for CLV already and could probably build this for you in Android. If you are set on Apple, it might be cheaper to learn how to code the app yourself. If you know Flash at all, Apple allows you to build in the latest version now.

  3. Hi Graham, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post. We did look at android tabs as some children mentioned that had used them at home. I have a digital leaders group who considered the potential of both devices before we decided on going with the iPads. I really appreciate your offer of help and if we were getting android tablets would snap it up straight away! I’ll have to see if I can learn how to create an apple app…or find someone who can! The idea is constantly progressing so who knows what we’ll end up with! 🙂

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