National and City of Edinburgh 1:1 Pilots at Sciennes
SCIENNES PUPILS TAKE PART IN CITY OF EDINBURGH AND SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT NATIONAL 1:1 PILOTS
BT Service Redesign
BT provide and maintain the computer estate and network across Edinburgh schools and as part of their contract with City of Edinburgh Council they refresh (or upgrade) the entire estate every five years. This 'refresh' is due to begin again in 2012 and will roll out to all establishments over the next two years. This time, BT have worked with the council to redesign their provision to schools, enabling them to provide an enhanced network in terms of bandwidth and wireless capacity. There is also an opportunity for schools to be much more flexible in their choice of hardware. So, rather than only replacing a desktop with a desktop and a laptop with a laptop, schools will also be able to opt for mobile devices.
With the forthcoming BT Service Redesign in mind, and with great foresight, our Headteacher, Alison Noble, invested in a class set of iPads in September 2011. Sciennes has always been keen to understand and capitalise upon new opportunities for flexible use of technology in learning and teaching. Nigel Douglas, parent in P6, led an innovative 1:1 pilot of handheld computers at Sciennes in 2007 and our 99 P7s continue to use them in school. We are now ready to take the next step in using mobile devices at school and at home.
Wendy French has been a pathfinder in P6A and she has successfully cascaded the use of our initial class set of iPads to Mrs Watson P6B and Miss Gaffney P6C, Mrs Barker P5C, Miss Phillips P7B, Mr Howie P7C and Science Teacher Mark McKenna. A great deal has been achieved in a short space of time, including innovative use in the curriculum as well as in-depth knowledge about managing the devices. Fiona Barker is an IT graduate, accustomed to embedding technology in her classroom, and has made highly effective use of the iPads in the short periods of time she has had access to them. The Senior Management Team - Alison Noble, Headteacher, Lucy Gallagher, Acting Depute Headteacher, Carolyn Anstruther, Depute Headteacher and Angela Christie, Business Manager - has been exploring avenues with 1:1 since January 2011 with the eLearning Foundation and City of Edinburgh. We have also been participating in a pilot with Promethean using ActivEngage Learner Response System on our iPads. We are delighted and privileged to be invited to participate in the, uniquely supported, City of Edinburgh and Scottish Government National 1:1 Pilots which begin on 19th April 2012.
City of Edinburgh 1:1 Pilot Project Partners
Several 1:1 pilot projects have been established this session by City of Edinburgh, and Sciennes is most fortunate to have been included. We have already been receiving sterling advice from our colleagues in the council's educational advisory service, particularly Dave McKee, ICT Manager DigITal Learning and Teaching and his team of ICT Development Officers: Fiona Hunter, Jenni Robertson, Janet Wallace and Richard Burgess. We are also grateful to Anne Swap Senior Additional Support for Learning ICT Development Officer for her advice. Karen Prophet, Quality Improvement Manager, Len Timson City of Edinburgh ICT Manager, Billy McIntryre Head of Infrastructure and David Wright Neighbourhood Liaison Officer are leading improvements to enhance the provision of technology to support learning across the city and have also graciously lent us their support.
Scottish Government National 1:1 iPad Pilot Partners
We have subsequently been privileged to be invited to take part in the Scottish Government National 1:1 pilot with seven other schools in Scotland - three primary schools and four secondary schools. Being part of the national pilot offers our staff and pupils additional advice and support from the Scottish Government, the national educational advisory body Education Scotland (formerly Learning and Teaching Scotland, where Wendy French worked as a national Science Development Officer during her secondment from Sciennes), Hull University and Apple Education and Technical advisors, as well as from City of Edinburgh education advisors. Access to Connected Flow's online learning community Basecamp allows us to share practice and experiences with the other national pilot schools and we have set up a WikiSpace which we hope families will use to establish an online community for Sciennes.
Formerly 'Learning and Teaching Scotland', Education Scotland is a national educational advisory service. It has established a National 1:1 Pilot project, led by Derek Robertson and in conjunction with the Scottish Government, to harness technology in learning and teaching for pupils, parents and staff.
The University of Hull
Kevin Burden at Hull University is leading a team of researchers conducting a study into the educational impact of personal ownership of a mobile device. See the 'Hull University' tab in our 1:1 Glow group for further detail.
Hull University will focus on 6 students in each class in particular throughout the project but are interested in reflections from all our pupils, staff and parents. Each week, pupils and staff are asked to record their observations and thoughts about their use of the iPad during the pilot. Parents are not obliged to do so but we warmly welcome any comments, ideas and questions through our Parent Log or WikiSpace.
Pupil reflections can be entirely anonymous if parents wish, but consent letters are still required. The data will be anonymised when used. Initially data will give a flavour for how children are using the devices at school and at home. Parents will be asked to comment on their experiences in a follow up questionnaire at the end of the pilot. Hull University also hope to talk to parents who expressed an interest in being interviewed on the phone.
Two parents asked for clarification of the statement in the Hull University Research Consent Form :
��.the possible hazards/risks of the research study have been explained to me.�
This is standard wording and the researchers do not foresee any risks or hazards. If you require further information or have additional questions please contact:
Programme Director for Postgraduate Professional Development,
The Centre for Educational Studies,
Faculty of Education,
The University of Hull
(A parent queried the involvement of Apple within the pilot. Several 1:1 pilots are taking place with several types of device, including Android tablets.)
Connected Flow and Basecamp Online Learning Community
A portal has been created using 'Basecamp' to provide an online community for the national pilot schools to share their experiences and ideas. The portal connects all of the partner agencies involved in the national pilot project.
Partnership with YOU
Above all other partnerships in this pilot, however, it is you, as parents and carers, who are integral to the success of the pilot. At Sciennes we are always keen to embrace opportunities to work with families, and we believe that this project will enable our existing partnerships to be strengthened, to the ultimate benefit of our children. We believe that access to a personal mobile device can transform learning and we hope that other children, in Sciennes and beyond, will be afforded increased access to technology as a direct result of the pilot project.
Thank you to everyone who managed to come along to our 1:1 iPad Pilot Information Event on Wednesday 28th March. We understand that the time was not suitable for everyone, so we have posted a copy of our presentation below. Parental engagement in the project is integral to its success and we planned the event to allow families time to consider any questions and comments ahead of the Official Sciennes Launch on Thursday 19th April at 7pm in the Hall, when parents and children will be invited to school to sign Responsible Use Contracts and be given an iPad for home use.
We aim to be responsive to parental feedback and questions and we have already received useful suggestions which have been incorporated into our project. We will provide channels of communication, through blogs, a Wiki, online Google Docs forms and Glow, and aim to provide workshops and further opportunities to meet. Please also feel welcome to email directly to email@example.com.
1:1 iPad Pilot Information Event Presentation Wednesday 28th March
Please click on the gear wheel in the menu at the foot of the slideshow to open the Speaker Notes that accompanied the presentation given to parents/carers at the Information Event 28.3.12. (The slideshow may take a few moments to load and you may need to refresh the page initially.)
Alternatively click here to access the slideshow.
WHAT NEXT FOR FAMILIES BEFORE THE OFFICIAL SCIENNES LAUNCH?
*Complete Parent Baseline Survey for Hull University research study
*Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us you have completed the survey and let us know if you have broadband and/or wireless at home.
*Sign Ethics Research Consent Form for Hull University Research
*Provide an email account for your child, not tied to a credit card. We have worked closely with technical and education advisors over the Easter holidays and our initial set up of the iPads involves adding free Apps and school paid Apps and using a school based email account for all pupils. Our model may change as the pilot develops. We are piloting configuration of the devices as much as their use and will consult with you on this. Please see FAQ section below on how to set up an iTunes account or find further advice in our 1:1 Glow Group.
*Sign up for City of Edinburgh Libraries Overdrive free access to ebooks
*Come back on Thursday 19th April 7pm to collect your child's iPad
* SIGN UP TO ATTEND USING OUR DOODLE POLL
WHAT NEXT FOR FAMILIES AT THE OFFICIAL SCIENNES LAUNCH?
*At the Official Launch, Pupils and Parents/Carers will be asked to sign paper copies of Sciennes' "Technology and Internet Responsible Use" Contract on 19th April. (Click on the link to view the document beforehand.)
*Pupils will be asked to read a paper copy of Sciennes' iPad Pupil Guidelines (which is a simplified version of our "iPad Responsible Use Contract") on 19th April. (Click on the links to view the documents beforehand.)
* Parents/Carers and Pupils will be asked to sign a paper copy of Sciennes' "iPad Responsible Use Contract" on 19th April. (Click on the link to view the document beforehand.)
Online Communication for Parents/Carers Throughout Project
School and Hull University are interested to hear your comments, suggestions and ideas throughout the project. There is no obligation to use it, but if you wish and can spare the time, one channel of communication can be this online Google Doc form 1:1 Parent Log. The form can also be accessed through the school website Learning>At Home>1:1 Parent/Carer Log.
Alternatively, you may wish to contribute to our 1:1 WikiSpace Learning>At Home>1:1 Wiki.
All of these channels and the information in this page have been set up in Glow. Go to the 'Sciennes Primary School' section, which is our front facing portal for all users - pupils, parents and staff - and the 'School Community Glow Groups' >1:1 Pilot Project. (If you click on the link you will be taken to the Glow Group directly but will need to log in first.)
Support and Advice for Families
At school we will continue to be very receptive to requests for support and advice. You can also find many useful online tutorials (like the ones posted below) in TeacherTube or YouTube and it is worthwhile searching for tutorials to find out how to use the iPad and Apps. YouTube can often display inappropriate material, however, so TeacherTube and Vimeo are good alternatives for education, since content is carefully moderated. If you are new to Wikis, here is a TeacherTube tutorial.
Support and Advice for Staff
The Basecamp portal is being used to share practice across the eight Scottish schools - four primary and four secondary - involved in the Scottish Government National 1:1 Pilot. Local Authority advisors, Education Scotland staff, Hull University researchers and Apple Educators and technical advisors also contribute to the portal. Many thanks to Fraser for suggesting we use the excellent online iPad tutorials, posted below.
City of Edinburgh and National 1:1 Pilot Projects
We, at Sciennes, are extremely fortunate and privileged to have been invited to take part in these exciting - and uniquely supported - authority and national pilot projects with two of our classes. We believe they will bring direct benefits and opportunities for the pupils and families involved and ultimately our key objective is to maximise opportunities for all our children to have increased access to technology to support their learning, at Sciennes, across the city and beyond.