Saturday, 1 December 2012

Little Acorns


In January 2011 approached eLearning Foundation at BETT about possibilities of introducing leasing scheme for mobile devices. In March 2011 took part in webinar with eLearning Foundation to discuss possibilities further and in May 2011 attended meeting with staff from Portobello High School and Sciennes Primary School, hosted by Dave McKee.

Two iPads purchased and trialled by a few staff and pupils throughout school in May 2011.

Eight iPads purchased for P6 class use by lead teacher Wendy French in August 2011. Wendy requested a further eight, then a further sixteen, making a class set. The pace of development was fairly rapid, but was directed by Wendy herself. Two P6 stage colleagues began using the set with their own classes. The set was also used in a P7 class and by our Science specialist, Mark McKenna.

In February 2012 approached by City of Edinburgh Council to take part in 1:1 pilot with three other Edinburgh schools - two primaries and two secondaries (Sciennes Primary School iPads, Broomhouse Primary School and Forrester High School Android tablets and Gracemount High School Toshiba Netbooks). Sciennes Head Teacher Alison Noble invested in a further class set and CEC provided a third set.

Subsequently invited to take part in National 1:1 pilot with eight other Scottish schools which launched on 16th March 2012.

1:1 Sciennes Pilot Meeting
Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012
Venue: Sciennes Primary School
Present: Wendy French, P6 Class Teacher
Jenni Robertson, DigITal Learning Team,
Jim Elder, Lucy Gallagher, Acting DHT 0131 667 1243
Wendy French shared her many, varied and innovative approaches to using Sciennes’ class set of iPads with P6. Wendy is a highly skilled, dedicated and experienced practitioner who spent several years seconded to Learning and Teaching Scotland as a national Science Development Officer. She co-project managed Stem Central and runs an extra-curricular Science, Technology and Engineering club at Sciennes. At present she is also sharing the devices with P6 colleagues Jenny Gaffney and Kat Watson who have used the iPads on many occasions, for animation and blogging, in particular. On the day of the meeting a P5 teacher was using them for animation; a P7 teacher for World War Two research and our Science Specialist, Mark McKenna, to support a study on the Solar System. Mark was seconded as a Cluster Mentor for Literacy and Numeracy, as well as being Science and Technology Co-ordinator, and has led use of ActivExpressions, including an event to use them to poll all our children P1-7. He will be a useful support to our current ActivEngage pilot using iPads as voting devices to support Assessment Is For Learning. Our Headteacher, Alison Noble, has always given her full support to 1:1 learning at Sciennes, as has our Business Manager, Angela Christie who works tirelessly to fundraise, source, implement and maintain technology to support learning in our school.
Wendy shared some maths Apps and some of her experiences in using I Can Animate, Keynote, a Timeline Eon App, blogging, Comic Life, Google Maps, Animoto and Dropbox with her pupils. The ActivEngage voting App has been installed and is about to be trialled, following a session with Stuart Fraser from Promethean last week. Janet Wallace, from the DigITal Learning Team, and Stuart are due to visit school on Friday 9th March. Wendy was able to give a small flavour of the extensive work she has undertaken and was receptive to blogging about use of the iPads as a means of recording and sharing experiences. She has been currently adding to our Benmore School Camp blog, where pupils have been using VCOP to improve their writing, and peer assessment to review posts. She has spent a great deal of her own time, and continues to do so, in setting up the devices and planning innovative approaches with them. She currently uses her own credit card details to purchase Apps and is then reimbursed by the school. Jenni had shared an alternative approach using gift vouchers and Jim explained how having a core set of Apps for school use could be maintained, with pupils still able to personalise Apps bought by their families, by logging in under different accounts wirelessly. The school has purchased two Paratec syncing units which have helped ease maintenance and storage of the devices. Wendy has her own Apple TV and Jenni offered to assist in connecting it at school. Jenni was able to share some of the work Wendy has undertaken at a recent, well attended iPads Forum at Westwood House. Jenni mentioned that taking screenshots would be a useful way to illustrate examples of pupil work. Dropbox requires users to be aged 13 so Jim suggested use of iFiles as an alternative. Online storage and back-up using iCloud were discussed. Jim thought it unlikely that automatic syncing to iCloud was interfering with connectivity and suggested our current situation of only being able to connect 15 or so iPads at a time was more likely due to the capacity of our wireless Netgear hubs. Jim also shared innovations in Wi-Fi base stations which have their own internal switches and suggested that exploration of innovative networking might be conducted at Sciennes in timely conjunction with the Service Redesign. Wendy has tried switching off automatic syncing using iCloud and it did not improve the number of devices that could connect at once. Jenni mentioned air printing and Angela has already offered to provide a printer for Wendy (about £40). We have one VGA adaptor for connecting an iPad to a projector. Jim shared that schools are beginning to sell their Interactive Whiteboards and replace them with Apple TV and a screen or large TV, which can support 15 iPads wirelessly, and a further 3 or 4 via Bluetooth. Savings made by schools have been used to fund additional iPads. iAnnotate is an App that can be used to annotate the screen.
Jim shared details of the National iPads Pilot, involving five schools and supported by the Scottish Government. The pilot will be evaluated by Hull University and proof of concept and impact upon learning and attainment will be imperative.  Jenni gave a very useful demonstration of GarageBand and other music Apps at the iPads Forum. Face to face support will also be available from staff from the Cedars School of Excellence in Inverclyde – the first school in the world to implement 1:1 for all its pupils. The school has produced responsible use parent and pupil contracts and there may be an opportunity to share these. Jim usefully suggested such contracts should include expectations about care, charging, keeping storage space available for school use and an undertaking not to delete browsing history. Internet Safety should feature and there is an established programme at Sciennes within Glow, with a Keeping Myself Safe and eSafe topic in P6. Wendy has successfully arranged Glow Meets for her pupils and created Glow Groups on literacy in the school portal. Basecamp will be used to offer online coaching and mentoring.
Sciennes was subsequently invited to be part of the National iPads Pilot, to our great delight and tremendous excitement. We have a strong and dedicated staff team and an exceptional year group of pupils. We will do our utmost to maximise this wonderful opportunity for our learners.
There is a meeting on Friday 16th March, likely to be held in North Lanarkshire at one of the three pilot schools from that Authority, and invitations will be extended to key staff to attend in due course. There is a need for momentum, supported by the school, to meet a September 2012 timescale when the project’s success will be shared.
Installation of a Wi-Fi network capable of supporting use of all devices is a prerequisite and Jenni suggested a visit by a site surveyor would be beneficial soonest.
Provision of broadband at home to disadvantaged pupils was discussed and in some previous pilots this has been built in, though Jim noted that public libraries and coffee shops, for example, offer free Wi-Fi. Sciennes’ families were surveyed last year and only 15 families were not connected to the Internet at home. An audit of wireless connectivity should be conducted for pupils in the pilot cohort.
Insurance and warranty and the idea of parents contributing towards these as an assurance of their commitment to the project were discussed. Further discussion on this might be useful.

Decision taken to introduce new class sets to Wendy's P6 class and Fiona Barker's P5 class rather than deploy across three P6 classes. At Sciennes we are most fortunate that all our teachers use technology effectively every day. We looked to those most particularly confident to lead the way, and in this case it was Wendy and Fiona. Thinking to the future, we were also keen to explore how 1:1 can be sustained at Sciennes beyond the pilot and wished to consider the best stage for its introduction - P5 or P6. Since all three P6 classes had been using iPads since September 2011, only at school, introducing the pilot at P5 also gave us an opportunity, with Hull University, to evaluate the impact and implications of a 1:1 school and home use model from the first stages. Introduction of 1:1 at P5 also gives us an opportunity to explore best value in terms of usage in a child's career with us.

Sciennes' Proposal to City of Edinburgh Council for Inclusion in 1:1 Pilot

Sciennes 1:1 Pilot Proposal

Project Title
1:1 iPad Pilot
School Sciennes Primary School
Description of Project:
33 iPads and two Paratec charging/syncing units were purchased by Sciennes Primary School in September 20011 for use with one P6 class. The lead teacher has used the devices widely with her own class and has extended their use within the year group, involving another two P6 classes, and also one P5 class, one P7 class and Science classes.
This pilot project is to continue with the same cohort of pupils into P7 and P6 until the end of the school year 2012/13 in June 2013, with a proposal of funding from City of Edinburgh Council and the school to supply additional iPads. For the purposes of the National 1:1 Pilot, one P6 class will take the council funded devices home and one P5 class will take school funded devices home. The original school purchased set will continue to be shared with other classes. The school is currently participating in a pilot with Promethean to develop use of ActivEngage on iPads.
Pupil/Staff Involvement:
· Predominantly P6A teacher Wendy French and P5C teacher Fiona Barker
(though training and support opportunities would be welcomed by the two Primary 6 teachers sharing the existing school purchased set of iPads Jennifer Gaffney and Katherine Watson ) · Pupils in P6A and P5C 1:1 (pupils in P6B and P6C to share existing – third – set, purchased by school)
· Parents and carers
· The Headteacher, Alison Noble
· The Acting Depute Head Teacher and ICT Co-ordinator Lucy Gallagher
· The Business Manager and joint ICT Co-ordinator Angela Christie
· The specialist Science teacher Mark McKenna
Devices/Projected Costs: 3 class sets of iPads (2 school funded and 1 council funded); warranties/insurance; protective cases; school admin account for Apps
Proposed Start/End Dates:
April 2012 – June 2013
National 1:1 Pilot Initial Meeting Friday 16th March 2012, Coatbridge High School
(National 1:1 Pilot Launch September 2012)
Key Benefits/Outcomes:
Curricular Ambitions for Project
Associated with being successful learners: enthusiasm, high standards of work, openness to new ideas, peer and self assessment, moderation, literacy, numeracy and ICT, practical use of emerging technologies to support learning and teaching; Associated with being effective contributors: enterprise, self-reliance and resilience Associated with being confident individuals: self-respect and emotional well-being, ambition, drive and motivation, presenting to others Associated with being responsible citizens: participation and working with others, care and responsible use of technology  
Anticipated Benefits of Pilot
· Increased motivation in learning and in teaching.
· Peer and self-assessment and opportunities for moderation. Currently piloting Promethean ActivEngage to support Assessment Is for Learning approaches
· Better dialogue with parents about ICT for learning at home and in school
· Increased use of Glow
· Participation and collaboration
· Innovative approaches to tasks
· Active learning
· Differentiated learning
· High standards of work
· Openness to new ideas and approaches
· Enterprise
· Pupils have already begun exploring innovative use of the iPads
· There is an enterprising culture in the school, and the activities with iPads should reinforce that
· Self-reliance and resilience
· Self-respect and emotional well-being
· Ambition
· Generally the project will benefit if the children and staff are given opportunities to share within class and year group, with the school and beyond
Operational matters which could assist pilot:
· Ubiquitous wifi – early adoption within Service Redesign
· Technical issues – support in best practice to manage devices and apps
· Apps – evaluation and review
· Online storage of pupil work
· Charging and syncing
· Security (secure storage; free engraving)
· VGA adaptors to connect to data projectors
· Headphones
· Software/app to support screen sharing
· Time given by the school to staff to plan implementation and review progress and success
· Opportunities to collaborate and meet with other practitioners, in Edinburgh and elsewhere would be welcomed
· Sessions with the eTeam in school or at Westwood House
· Glow developments
· iPad Forums at Westwood House
· Online sources of advice and ideas, e.g.
· The Scottish ICT Development Group – find out from other Scottish EAs where they have similar projects who would welcome some contact e.g. Islay High School.
· Much support has already been provided: BETT; visit to the school by Len Timson and Dave McKee; meetings with Karen Prophet; meetings with eLearning Foundation and telephone conversations with XMA; Stuart Fraser from ActivEngage, piloting use of iPads as voting devices; visits from colleagues from Canalview, Corstorphine and St Mary’s Primary Schools; Jim Elder, Jenni Robertson and Janet Wallace to visit school in near future. Edinburgh University students interested in working with pupils to review Apps they have designed.
Procedure for Evaluation of Pilot
· Establish a baseline to monitor the impact of the project on learning behaviour by the end of the pilot project in June 2013
· Identify any issues to be addressed.
· Propose criteria herein by which success might be articulated.
Potential scales for identifying how iPads can help pupils with their learning:
1 Harmful
2 No difference
3 Some improvement
4 Big improvement
a Being more interested in lessons?
b Being able to produce better work?
c Being more willing to try out new things?
How progress might be judged within the project
· Structured interviews with the range of stakeholders, including parents and their observations of the impact of the use of the iPads on their children’s learning behaviours in school and at home
· Dialogue with pupils and staff
· Case studies recorded and notes of what has been done, perhaps in form of blog or podcast– text, audio, video – as a way of providing a public contribution for individuals and groups
· Observation of children’s work as part of normal formative assessment processes
· Use of Glow
· Clear learning intentions and success criteria within activities
· Curricular progress – incorporate assessments (aligned with experiences and outcomes from Curriculum for Excellence) at the beginning, midway and towards the end of the project. 1 to 6 levels as in Journey to Excellence could be devised.
· Use of BECTA self-evaluation.
Groups of pupils to review periodically:
· What have we done with the iPads which has helped us to learn better?
· What have we done using the iPads that has been original?
· What have we done using the iPads which was really ambitious?
· What have we done in groups using the iPads?
· What have been the new things that we have learned to do with the iPads in the last month or so?
· What has been the best piece of work that we have done using the iPads in the last month? What was “best” about it?
· Discussion following the Literature Circles Approach, with each member of the group taking the lead to summarise one or more of the questions after discussion. Post to blog.
· Before and after comparisons
Pupils could devise own methods for peer review:
· Use quizzes, questionnaires, surveys, ActivEngage voting polls using iPads
· Judge success according to better learning and more fun
· Saving paper and on photocopying costs
· Technical operation
· The differences between work on the iPads and in jotters or on computers
· Look at the breadth of use of the iPads across curricular areas
· Review use of Apps and the Internet
Opportunities for Outreach:
Presentations: within year group and school assemblies; to parents; to visitors to school; within cluster
Project Newsletter for parents – pupil editorial team
School website and blogs
Sciennes Spotlight School Newspaper
Sciennes Learning Festival
Edinburgh Learning Festival
Scottish Learning Festival
Advice to other schools and colleagues embarking on 1:1 projects

Grateful thanks to Roddy Stuart, Educational ICT Consultant, whose evaluation of the 1:1 pilot in Sciennes 2007-2009 has helped shape this proposal.
Lucy Gallagher March 2012

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