Quotes from Participating Teachers
"I can no longer imagine teaching any other way."
"The iPad has revolutionized my teaching."
"Implementation into our curriculum has been very smooth and easy."
"The iPads have helped students enjoy writing, reading and math with less frustration and resistance."
"I learned that there is no limitation to what my students can do with the iPads."
"The world of technological possibilities unfolded right in front of my students and me."
Value and Potential
"In this short time with the iPads I have learned their value and have just begun to tap into their potential."
"It was an incredibly valuable and educational experience for them and for me."
Focusing on the State of Illinois adoption of the ISTE standards for teachers and students, the main goal of SEDOL's 1:1 iPad trial initiative is to promote student achievement, as well as teacher professional growth.
Each spring teachers are invited to submit proposals identifying specific curricular intention, examples of anticipated iPad use, and how technology is currently integrated into their classroom instruction. The proposals are distributed to an evaluation team who use a defined rubric to assess each applicant's proposal for well thought-out ideas, clear and specific plans for iPad integration, creative responses, as well research on best practices. We began our program in 2013-1 4 with four classrooms; in 2014-15 eight teachers joined the group, and in 2014-15 five more will be added for a total of seventeen 1:1 iPad classrooms in a variety of SEDOL programs. These innovative educators have been inspired to integrate iPads throughout the school day as they experience how the devices transform their students' learning in extraordinary ways. The 1:1 iPad program will surely increase as funding becomes available to meet the demand!
As an organization, we have learned from past trials that training, group collaboration, and the support of Digital Learning and Instructional Technology professionals is key to the success of our 1:1 iPad classroom initiative. The commitment and expectations of participation are clearly defined which includes professional development, research, collaboration with current and past participants, and an end of the year written reflection detailing how the iPads affected teaching and learning. Data collection throughout the year is mandatory, and the results are used to assess the effectiveness of iPads when used regularly with our District's diverse learners.