Hello fellow iPadders!
Well what a couple of weeks it has been in iPad world at Settlers PS. We had the visit from the Inovation and Reform Unit where Peter Holcz came and saw the iPads in action with our Year 1 and 2’s. He was greatly impressed with what he saw from the teachers and students. Thanks to Kelly Columbus and Brooke Kinnear for allowing them to come and see your classrooms in action.
Rockingham Lakes PS came and visited our school last Tuesday and again we were able to walk them through the key points for successful implementation for their school. We have a visit from Perrinjori PS next Tuesday which is a school near Geraldton and I am excited to share our iPad journey with them also.
Pip and I were invited to share our iPad initiative with the Deputy Director General – John Leaf, Glenn Veen – Director ICT, Brett Roach – Deputy Chief Finance Officer, Tim Yorke – Director ICT, Bevan Doyle – Chief Information Officer, Alison Ramm – Director Schools Resourcing, Geoffrey Metcalf – Executive Director, Early Childhood, Jan Loftus – E-Schools, Peter Titmanis – Assistant Executive Director Innovation, Performance and Research, Peter Holcz – Director School Innovation and Reform, David Axworthy – Deputy Director General Schools, Lindsay Hale – Executive Director Statewide Planning, Deborah Bevan – Manager E Schools, Stephen Baxter – Director School Innovation and Reform, Kim Ward -Assistant Executive Director, Statewide Services.
We are excited to hear what comes of this meeting as we were able to share about our initiative, show a promotional DVD and talk about the improvements they have made for our students. John Leaf will be presenting our findings to Sharon O’Neil and seeking her approval for a larger roll out of iPads across the state.
We had our first iCafe “Bring A Friend” iCafe last week. We had nearly 20 people come from Pre-Primary, Year 3, Music and even someone from Tranby Primary School next door. We were able to look at the apps and group them in the 6 domains of Blooms Cognitive Taxonomy. This ensures that we are able to use one app in one domain and build on our app use using apps in a higher order thinking domains which ensures it is purposeful and developing independent thinking.
That is all for now!
iPad Coordinator Settlers Primary School