Today I presented a session at ISTE with Stacy Behmer (@sbehmer) that outlined some of the best, and worst, ways to deploy iPads in an educational setting. In many ways, the deployment of a large number of iPads is no different to any other device, but it does have some unique challenges for educators, so we wanted to help draw attention to this and offer up the benefit of our own experiences.
At Grant Wood AEA we deployed over 300 iPads to our direct service providers and administrative staff, but we also worked with a large number of our districts to help them implement 1:1 and shared carts of iPads. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. The iPad is an awesome device for education, but from a management point of view, it leaves a lot to be desired. They were just not designed for the classroom, and Apple has yet to provide a really useful solution to that, but there are definitely some things you can do to make that process easier, and that was the focus of our presentation.
So, if you were at #iste13 today, and you want to get your hands on a copy of our slides, you can find them right here. And, even if you were #notatiste, you are welcome to take a look and see the kind of things we were talking about today.
Do you have a tip for schools looking to rollout iPads in their school district? What would be your recommendation for educators who are about to embark on an iPad pilot? Leave a comment below.