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background & methodology

June 2, 2015Farah
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Background

I first found out that there was a class set of iPads from Cathy & that these were there for me to use. I took them into class for the first time as I thought that if Cathy was recommending them then I should give it a go.

I felt very nervous that first time. I was nervous about using the iPads, knowing how to sign in and out, how to access the wifi – all these barriers before I even started to look at how to use them for ESOL. This first time I used the iPads as an extention to a lesson on families – I asked the students to research someone on line that they looked up to. They used the iPads to share and discuss their research with each other. I found that some students were very confident in using the iPads, and I paired these with the less confident students.

Unfortunately this is where my initial exploration ended. Observation season started and I didn’t think about the iPads again until I saw the opportunity to do the action research project within the college. At this time I didn’t think that I would be able to apply, so I was really really happy when Cathy asked me if I was interested and offered to support me in writing the application.

I had never done anything like this before, I am new to teaching and I’m still getting my head around exams!

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Discussion and Findings

June 1, 2015Farah
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Discussion: Getting Started

Looking back I had a few barriers of my own to overcome. I needed time and space to explore an iPad. Taking one home, that linked to the class set in college, was invaluable. Cathy helped me gain skills and confidence in using the iPad – I needed help to learn about how the ‘Settings’ worked. How to log in. How to access the app store. I also learned how important the safety aspect was  – that students needed to know how to log in and out of the wifi.

My daughter was also really helpful. She helped me with exploring the apps. I learned how to open and close them. How to navigate through them. It was through this trial and error at home and with Cathy that I was able to be confident enough to take them into the classroom.

I had lots of ‘getting started’ and I think this shows how many stages I went through before I was really confident to  take them into class.

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Conclusions, Recommendations & Next Steps

June 1, 2015Farah
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Conclusions

My inital action research project had been to use the iPads with one group of students. I now have introduced them to all my students. They’ve all loved it. My 16-18 group have really really loved it. I love that they provide some variety to the class, they bring energy to the classroom. I love that I can see my students engaged and learning while using the iPads. I never dictate to them what to do on the iPads, they provide students the chance for independent study. The good apps have assessment built in so the students can easily see if they have done it correctly.

I believe that my students deserve to have access to the latest technologies and how these can help them learn. I needed to overcome my own barriers to do this and undertaking supported action research has helped me do this. Here are my simple recommnedatations for other tutors:

Recommendations

  1. Overcome the fear. Just go for it. Take a risk.
  2. Find someone to support you.
  3. Involve your students.

Next Steps

I would love to have the chance to do another action research project. I’d want to continue using the iPads and maybe work in 1 or 2 students who have their own devices and look at how they are using their own technologies. I have ideas – I’ll need a mentor to help me formulate them for next year!

 

My students in action!

June 1, 2015Farah
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Here are three videos showing how my students use the iPads in my class.

Pronunciation app – here you can see how my students can read and listen to words and sentences.

Grammar app – my students show how they are practicing the present simple

Grammar app – the students here are practicing present continuous

Why I like the iPad – this student talks about what she likes

My students all agreed to be videoed and know that these videos will be shared as part of the project. I like that these videos show how the students are all choosing different things to practice in one lesson.