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From the Principal's Office: Some Advice For A School Going 1:1

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March 21, 2013 By: Patrick Larkin

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My PLN Supports @StElizabethHigh

I am always amazed by the willingness of educators to share their expertise on Twitter when others are looking for advice. Here is another example from yesterday when I was working with staff at St. Elizabeth's High School in Wilmington, DE.

  1. Any advice for @StElizabethHigh teachers who are getting ready to integrate iPads in their classrooms? #ipaded #ettipad #1to1techat
  2. @patrickmlarkin @StElizabethHigh you can let them know an Ursuline grad is very impressed... Hope they have fun!
  3. @patrickmlarkin @stelizabethhigh make iPad a choice for some activities-some students will still prefer paper and pencil for some activities
  4. @patrickmlarkin @stelizabethhigh Stick to creativity apps, vid making, educreations, captions, comic creators, storyboarders, puppets.. .
  5. @AmicaKristy @patrickmlarkin @stelizabethhigh My advice too :) I've been running a 1:1 iPad program in my classroom for the past 2 years :)
  6. @patrickmlarkin Remind @StElizabethHigh that it is not about the tool but about the tasks they are asking students to use them for.
  7. @brophycat @patrickmlarkin Find tools that work across the curriculum. Don't feel like u have to know every app under the sun (1/2)
  8. @brophycat @patrickmlarkin instead find 6-7 tools u know really well then overtime grow ur repertoire w students. Good luck! (2/2)
  9. @patrickmlarkin @StElizabethHigh Make sure patents and stakeholders understand the coolness and the potential issues. :-)
  10. @patrickmlarkin @stelizabethhigh Do not force specifics- apps, timelines, etc. Give lots of choice to do what works best to enhance lrng.
  11. Mt“@patrickmlarkin: why iPad: battery life, ease of management by Ss, wealth of education apps, huge comm of users #1to1techat@Midprincwi
  12. @patrickmlarkin @StElizabethHigh Have a list of 2-3 apps to integrate immediately. Rules/expectations covered first day, and away you go!
  13. @patrickmlarkin Thanks for visiting St. E's and check out Sophia.org, an instructional tool for flipping classrooms

cross-posted at www.patrickmlarkin.com

Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning of Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA and the former principal of Burlington High. He blogs about education at www.patrickmlarkin.com.

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