The Realities Of iPads In A Whole-school Setting With Fraser Speirs
Education Workflows with Fraser Speirs
Fraser Speirs successfully led the world’s first 1:1 deployment of iPads in a whole-school setting. He is interviewed about the patterns and applications he has seen working and his overall experience.
Check out the interview and podcast.
What Issues Does the iPad Currently face?
Does the iPad often get dismissed as a useful and dependent classroom tool simply because it doesn’t incorporate Microsoft Office software? Is the ability to craft a 3-page essay using Microsoft Word the only way to indicate a learning outcome?
Believe it or not, this concept will always be in the barrier zone of schools adopting a 1:1 environment today.
The interview digs into the experiences Fraser had setting up a 1:1 iPad program at his school, Apple technology in education, and his own personal workflows. Some of the apps highlighted in the podcast are iThoughtsHD, Keynote for iPad, and iBooks Author.
Learning to read with ‘Autotext’
One segment that stuck out to me was in the responsiveness of the K-5 age group. How children are learning how to read using the suggested words in the text editor of the iPad as a learning tool. Here, the iPad facilitates a new method for learning to read that has surprising outcomes.
The episode exposes the reality of making this technology work as well as established education models and what works/what doesn’t work. Don’t let Fraser’s accent detour your attention, there is some great content and fascinating observations in this podcast interview.
More on Tech, Education, and the iPad
Some of the latest blogs he’s written include:
He has also recently started Out of School: A Podcast which he says will cover “everything that interests and annoys us about educational technology.”
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