Transforming teaching with Apple at Nether Alderley Primary School

Transforming teaching with Apple at Nether Alderley Primary School

Nether Alderley are using iPad to engage parents and improve results by personalising learning. They weigh in on their favourite classroom apps, the benefits of Macs, and how to get parents on board with 1:1 schemes.

Nether Alderley were looking to develop the use of Apple devices in the classroom, and found the support they needed in our e7 Pilot programme. After the pilot, they rolled out iPad across Year 5 and 6, opted for a mobile Mac suite instead of a PC lab, and have opened a new staff development suite. Here’s the story of their conversion to Apple devices…

 

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Enriching the student experience with iPad and Langley Grammar School

Enriching the student experience with iPad and Langley Grammar School

Why are iPads so valuable to the student experience? We put our heads together to figure it out, and in the end we decided… we should probably just ask the kids at Langley Grammar school, who are into their fourth year of using iPads in the classroom.

We asked pupils to tell us how iPad has affected their learning, and they replied with this video, shot and edited entirely on their iPads. Students say that iPads enable “fun, independent and creative” learning, which prepares them for the future of technology.

Independent, versatile learning

iPad enables independent learning, opening up the learning process by allowing students to personalise their work based on their own preferred learning style, helping them to stay engaged and grasp concepts better. Students at Langley Grammar say that the “best part about iPad is having the ability to control the way in which we learn”, as they can go through each lesson at their own pace and to make their learning more effective. Students say that they “now have a full system built on independent learning”. They’re even able to test themselves at home, accessing class materials with a link to the school’s server system. And with iPad’s built-in features that make it accessible to students of all ages and abilities, the benefits can be felt by all pupils.

Encouraging creativity in a fun learning environment

As iPad becomes a core part of learning, students are able to be more creative by utilising the wealth of tools available to them. Pupils can take advantage of multiple ways of producing and presenting work to their peers and teachers, which were not available to them before iPads were introduced, giving students more freedom in their learning. Langley Grammar pupils tell us that they’re able to be more creative with iPad, as it opens up “new opportunities that couldn’t be done without iPads”, allowing them to “rethink learning”.

Because iPad allows for more fun learning, students say they are “more engaged and remember more” from their lessons. Creative activities with the iPad (such as shooting and editing videos such as this one) allow them to develop their technology skills in an enjoyable, competitive way. Pupils are eager to work with the iPads, looking forward to lessons that involve the device.

“Rolling out iPad in schools has had a huge impact on student learning and the effectiveness of using technology in the classroom,” says Paul Ford, our head of education. “As a result of creating a more engaging, more collaborative learning environment, we’ve seen schools smash their targets in terms of both grades and student satisfaction.”

If you’re looking to boost creativity and independent learning in your school, we’ve got everything you need to get up and running – from the iPads themselves and their protective cases and charging carts, to mobile device management (MDM) software and training. We also offer extended warranties and repairs, onsite support, helpdesk, training for first line technicians, IT health checks and more, so you’re covered from end to end.

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Apple Classroom app now available

Apple Classroom app now available

iOS is packed with a set of amazing features designed for education. This includes some incredibly powerful tools for supporting learners and teachers in the classroom using iPad.

A big one for us is the Classrooom app. This is a dedicated tool which acts as a teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through lessons, track their progress and ensure they can stay on track. It can be downloaded for free and configured to give staff the following tools:

Start, focus or pause student work

– Launch any app, website or book on a student device with a tap.

– Lock devices in a single app to help provide student focus.

– Lock screens to pause work or bring focus back to your class.

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See what your students see with Screen View

– See an on overview of all your students devices at once.

– Focus on a single student screen (students are informed when their screens are being viewed).

Share student work on the classroom Apple TV with a push of a button (great for feedback and peer review!)

– Showcase the great work your students are doing in class.

– Use AirPlay to wireless present a student’s screen onto your classroom display.

Reset forgotten passwords right in the classroom

– Reset a managed Apple ID password without calling IT.

Organise student devices using groups

– Classroom automatically creates groups of students based on apps they are using.

– Teachers can create groups to break students into teams.

– Perform actions on entire groups or individual students within groups.

Assign shared iPad to students

– Once configure, Classroom connects to nearby students devices.

– Classroom intelligently assigns students to the Shared iPad they most recently used.

– Log students out of shared iPad at the end of a session to prepare for the next class.

iOS 9.3, including the Classroom app, is available to download now. An education configuration profile does need to be installed and there are minimum requirements for the devices, so if you have any techie questions or need to upgrade your iPad to ensure you can take advantage of these awesome tools then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Requirements

You’ll need: iPad with iOS 9.3 (iPad 3rd gen or later, iPad Air or later, iPad mini (1st gen) or later, iPad Pro); App configuration via Mobile Device Management server; Supervised Student Devices enrolled in Mobile Device Management server; Bluetooth and WiFi enabled on both student and teacher devices; Student devices within Bluetooth range of the teacher running.

Find out more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom. Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306, email education@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Infographic: How does Apple help teaching and learning?

Infographic: How does Apple help teaching and learning?



Wondering how Apple’s Mac and iPad can help teaching and learning in schools? Take a look at our infographic, covering the learning benefits, the Apple family, what parents think of it, and common uses across schools.

Infographic: How does Apple iPad and Mac help teaching and learning in schools? - 94% of tablets in education are iPad - iPad is now being used in 47% of UK schools - 43% of teachers allow students to use iPad as an aid in lessons - 8 million iPad have been sold directly to education institutions around the world - 500,000 free lectures, videos, readings and podcasts are available in iTunes U - 108,030 active education apps in the App Store in January 2014 - 80% of those education paid apps are targeted at children - 88% of parents who use education apps with kids support the use of iPad in primary schools and pre-schools, according to Apps In My Pocket - According to Kid Industries, 77% of parents believe that tablets can help children's learning and creativity - Young children are exploring mobile applications earlier: 10% of 0-2 year olds, 39% of 2-4 year olds, 54% of 5-8 year olds - 90% of students (all ages) believe that tablets help them study - In a US study, students using iPad had a 20% maths test score increase compared to using traditional textbooks - Collins, Pearson, Hodder and Oxford University Press all have digital textbooks available in the iBook Store - iPad is the ultimate mobile tool; students can learn in the classroom, the corridor, at home or on the way to school. - Whether watching video, listening to audio, reading or writing helps students most, they can access the resources they need. - Mac and iPad have accessibility in mind, with built-in features for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), plus support for 21 languages. - The content your students need. Both free and paid-for content is available for students to access online. - Mac and iPad encourage students to use both the left and right side of their brains to tackle problems and learn in a creative way. - Incredibly intuitive, Apple solutions are great for students of any age. They are easy to use and help level the playing

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