Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coming Attractions in "iMercy" 2nd Edition

My last post provided quotes from a variety of educational experts. This time I thought it would be fun to draw from some of the new text that will be going into the new edition of our Multi-Touch book, iMercy. These extracts come from four of the vie sections in the book:

From "Innovative Learning and Teaching"

Apple has enabled Mercy to create an environment that is almost paperless.  Teachers are using the iPad to create and grade assignments and assessments. Using many apps that are available, formative assessment is a daily routine. Teachers have created a learning space that includes flipped lessons, podcasts, student videos and presentations.

Intro page to 2013 version of iMercy

From "Flexible Learning Environment"

Mercy has deployed over a thousand iPads. The transition to 1:1 iPad began with the Class of 2016, so all students will have iPads as of the 2015-16 school year. Each classroom is outfitted with Apple TVs and LED projectors. Across the school, teachers have embraced Apple TV due to its ease of use and versatility. Teachers can now present wirelessly from within their classrooms. Student iPad’s allow participation by projecting images, web pages and presentations from their iPad screens.

From "Visionary Leadership"

The original decision to adopt the iPad as a 1:1 device, and the recent decision to adopt Schoology as an LMS  exemplify distributed leadership. In both cases administrators and teachers studied the issues. Teachers and students beta-tested the products and delivered most of the training. This open approach to decision-making and innovation allowed for agility and creativity.

From "Ongoing Professional Learning"

In both of the [Tech Talk] conferences that have been held to date, sessions on a wide variety of topics have been presented by Mercy staff and by educators from schools near and far, including flipping the classroom, social media in the classroom, Google apps, formative assessments and becoming a digital administrator. Sessions focusing on ways the iPad can enhance education were among the most well-attended. New in 2015 was a panel discussion about the ins and outs of coordinating a 1:1 iPad program.

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