Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sharing Student Made iBooks from the iPad

Using apps like Book Creator is a great way to get kids creating their own content, but it is not always easy to share these home to parents.

To help out with this I am sharing the method I use with my classes, incorporating Google Drive and a simple link sent home to parents. The following two videos go through the steps for a teacher to set up the process, and the second tells parents what they need to do when they receive the link in their email.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Starting out with Digital Citizenship in the early years

As we come back to school and start out with our respective technology programs, a very important part of that program is to ensure that we cover digital citizenship.

My school has a 1:1 iPad program from 1st grade onwards, so our first lessons with the students are really focused on that digital citizenship piece. To start out we keep it very simple, but stress the importance of some simple rules that will help keep students safe online, our equipment in one piece and forms the basis of our acceptable use agreement.

Below are the 5 simple rules that we have adopted in first and second grade with all classes. It's a simple set of rules, but has enough flexibility to cover almost any situation that may come up in class. This poster was originally by Kelli Buxton in my team and has been well received by teachers and students alike. 

We have put a copy of this poster on the cupboard or trolley where the iPads are stored so it can be referred to if necessary.