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Forward thinking and iPad schools (worldwide)

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by johnstoneh, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. johnstoneh

    johnstoneh New commenter


    Can anyone recommend their school or one they have worked in which is using apps in the classroom and is generally open to change and new ideas?
    I'm looking to relocate from Cyprus and open to suggestions. I just don't want to take a backwards step!
    Single female with 8 years experience looking for a new adventure with personal and professional growth...

  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Here's a tip for you - don't come and teach in the UK
  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    I have worked on 3 continents and every school has tried the iPad thing. It worked well in Primary, but in every secondary section it has crashed and burned. Ipads are fine if you want to look at stuff, but to do anything worthwhile they are useless. A laptop is far superior.....well, in my experience across 3 continents.

    Look at international schools
    sabrinakat and Pomza like this.
  4. allotmentlady

    allotmentlady New commenter

    I work at a big private school in Somerset. Every teacher must have an iPad and students aren't allowed any other device
  5. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    I heard there were a lot of apples in Somerset
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  6. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    I've realised recently that overseas schools which do this are generally quite proud of the idea and it will be clear from job ad or website that they are an apple school or that all staff and students have ipads.
    I'm not convinced it's more than a gimmick and definitely not conviced that any benefit of ipad over cheaper device is worth the cost.

    Edited to add: Just because I've got nothing better to do, I tried using 'Apple' as a keyword in the jobs search. The first school in the results had Apple in its address, but those underneath were boasting about their technical prowess. Try it.
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  7. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    That makes me feel faintly queasy. But it works for ipad and Google as well :)
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've had a school ipad for a couple of years.

    When it works it's fine...

    When it works.
  9. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Omg @blue451! An iPad is leagues above any other cheaper, similar device. I have two kinds in my class and the non-iPad one only gets used for photos.

    iPads are amazing but they need willing teachers to plan well to get the best out of them.

    Before applying, try reading the School Improvement Plans and looking for planned developments in ICT.

    I don’t think you will be taking a backwards step. In fact, you have lots to offer if you are enthusiastic about driving forward iPad use. Most schools are looking for someone to do this, which suggests they want to make technological changes.
  10. johnstoneh

    johnstoneh New commenter

    Thanks. I think I'm just so used to using apps and different sites for personalised learning in class now, I'd hate to be without them. But good idea about helping to drive others forward even if they're not quite there.
  11. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    In decent international schools there are actual "technology integrators" and its their role within the school to lead innovation in the classroom. All the schools i have worked in this is a non teaching role, but paid at the same level as a classroom teacher. Perhaps look for those roles.
    I would take a laptop a gazillion times over any ipad at the secondary level. Sorry but i think they are terrible.... and im into all this tech stuff
  12. jburke1888

    jburke1888 New commenter

    I know one of the largest councils in Scotland have agreed a deal with Apple which is the biggest in Europe. Every P5 - Sixth Year pupil will be given an iPad which will come with a number of educational apps. They have also consulted with secondary staff to ensure it is worthwhile for them to use. They will install new wifi and be responsible for updating and replacing all iPads, It sounds very good as Microsoft will also work via the app.

    Does anyone have any experience working with Apple and going into schools? It is something I'd be interested in.

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