Wednesday 24 January 2018

Summit Central - Apple and BETT

Howdy from a cold and wet London! 

I have been fortunate enough to be in London to attend two stunning Edtech conferences - the Apple Leadership Summit and BETT.

The Apple Summit, held at the amazing Crystal in the Docklands, was a great opportunity to see the best of what iPad’s can do to transform education. There were real life stories from different schools across Europe who use technology to create personalized learning for students from a variety of backgrounds. This ranged from making their own music using GarageBand all the way to using code to program drones!

Attendees were put in the shoes of students and experienced capturing new ideas, working with others and then ultimately creating something personal for themselves. This is where education can be really powerful - when learning is tailored to their own individual needs and they are themselves involved in creating this learning.

Sustainability is a big feature at the Crystal, with displays about saving water (very pertinent for us Capetonians!) and recycling waste used as the content for creating lessons. What I am most struck by is how big an impact a device like an iPad can have on a field trip - the ability to record information through photos and videos and then immediately use this information to create learning materials, whether in the form of a blog post or a creative video using the amazing new Clips app (a firm favorite at the Summit, by the way!).

Seeing educators from around the world with a twinkle in their eye, excited at the possibilities that technology can bring to the classroom also creates some excitement in those around them. The vibe was one of enthusiasm and I’m sure most people who were at the Apple event are going back to their respective schools and asking them to get the cheque books out!

I’m off now to attend day 1 of BETT and I will surely let you know how it went - stay tuned!


Saturday 13 January 2018

Dishing them out

So next week I will have the pleasure of dishing out more than 50 iPad Pro 10.5" tablets to teachers. It has been a long process getting to this point, and hopefully I will be able to outline and share some of my experience of how we came to decide on the route we are taking on our technology journey.

But before then, as I am preparing my initial presentation for the launch of the devices, I am finding it difficult to explain to these teachers just how fortunate they are to be given a device like this.

I mean, it only takes a quick Google search to see that no other tablet can come close to the complete package the iPad Pro has to offer. Marques Brownlee, or MKBHD as he is known, puts it very well in his video review. Skip to 6:16 for the good part!

Consider then, also, that each teacher will get the Smart Keyboard, as well as an Apple Pencil to further enhance their productivity. My next challenge will be to educate them on how to make the best use of all this technology to enhance the learning experience for the students in front of them.

Stay tuned!

Until next time,