iPads in Education
Some of you may know that I am working on an iPad 1-to-1 pilot program for first and fifth grade students at the school where I teach. The program will study the effects of the mobile device on learning and achievement in the math and reading/language arts classroom. One of my PLN members, Jason Schmidt will be working with us as a part of his masters program. Additionally, Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering from the Marzano Research Institute, have agreed to partner with us in research if we can get the funding all settled. Which brings me to the point of this post. I still have to fund the thing! I am waiting to hear back on several leads but never the one to only have one marshmallow in the fire, I am looking at every method conceivable to find the money for this.
This morning my mom sent me a Kohls Cares for Schools contest email that is offering $500,000 to the 20 schools with the most votes by September 3. Of course I promptly signed up for it and am counting on all of you to help me out. You are given a total of 20 votes that you can use, but you can only use 5 votes per school. So I am asking for 5 of your votes to help fund the iPads in education study. It is simple and just takes a one time click to connect and then 5 clicks of the votes button. Easy right? So, would you give us a hand and help us put some research to the iPads in the classroom debate?
One of the fun outcomes of this little idea is the comments that students have started leaving about how they think that the iPad could be used in the classroom. Pretty fun to see from the students point of view
Two side notes:
1. I have an iLearn Technology fan page on Facebook, if you haven’t already become a fan and clicked “like” you can do that here.
2. If you have a contact that could help with funding, I would take that too
Thank you all for your help and support! If you are so inclined, you can also tweet about this post and ask others in your PLN to help vote.