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Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, this blog will display teachers thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets.  

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Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project? 

The hardest part of using tablets in the classroom is ensuring that they are used productively for learning and that studnets don't just see them as a social device or a gaming tool.

There were some challenges in terms of making sure wifi was always working. Some other challenges were around ensuring that students brought their device in fully charged every lesson. Whilst most students did this religiously there were of course one or two who forgot on occassion.

2. What was the biggest benefit of participating in the CCL project?

The iTec approach to planning was very useful. I loved the sections and they really worked in the context of using mobile technology as part of a project. The proforma itself had too many rows in for my personal liking, I think it could be more concise, however the process itself was very beneficial and useful.

Meeting like minded teachers in other countries (and the UK) and having the chance to share ideas was extremely useful. The chance to simply reflect on what we are doing, how we are doing it and why we are doing it as part of this project was very beneficial in our own context.

3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?

I think the projects we ran were very succesful for our students. They were engaged and enjoyed them. They also learnt well. The devices were used in a way which complemented the learning and aims we had for each project.

4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?

There are a number of ways. This is part of a whole school approach for us so all 2100 students in the school will be using mobile technology. Projects such as this allow us to really think carefully about how we want to make use of this technology. This is obviously then disseminated across the school.

We also present at various conferences in the UK and the work will be shared as part of this. We are a teaching school so the work is shared across our teaching school alliance. We also host our own annual international conference at the school. This is always full and we will be sharing the results of the project as part of this.

We are already part of many case studies where this work has been shared and will work with the elearning foundation to continue to share ideas, strategies and best practice across the UK. We are now a regional champion school for the elearning foundation and part of that role is sharing with other schools looking to use this technology.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Keep learning at the heart of everything

Remember that a tablet (or any mobile device) is a tool. Think - "What do I want to achieve" and then see if the tool can offer anything.

Think "web" rather than app. Apps come and go, sometimes they cost, sometimes they are retired, sometimes devices don't support them. My advice is to use web based tools and to develop web based tools. Use these alongside native apps like the camera, video camera, browser etc. and you have a future proof strategy.

Make sure you have a school wide policy on mobile devices if possible. If you can achieve 1:1 then things become second nature for staff and students. If there are just small 'pockets' of practice then it's a real challenge to get things going.

Be outward facing. Look around at what other schools, institutions, businesses, etc. are doing. Find out what is having an impact and base your provision and decisions on this.

If using tablets consider the students' perceptions of these devices. Many students see them as social devices or gaming devices. How will you make sure they are seen as a tool for learning?  How will you allow productivity from the device?  How can you maximise assessment and feedback opportunities?  Is anyone already doing this?

Finally, enjoy! Embrace the risk of doing something new and keep working at it until you get it right.