Whether you’re in your second semester or second year of iPad learning, now is the perfect time to take a step back to evaluate the effectiveness of your technology current program and identify potential for growth. Below are 9 suggestions on how to take your district's initiative to the next level and reap the benefits of technology in education.
1. Collect feedback.
It’s easy to want to hit the ground running at the start of the new year, but pause for a moment to reflect on what worked last semester and what didn’t. Check in with your teachers, students, and parent community to get a pulse on their technology adoption and comfort levels.
- Teacher surveys: Giving teachers a voice and an opportunity to submit program feedback is key as they are on the ground with the devices and know what’s working as well as the challenges they’ve encountered. Deploy surveys and include questions about the ease of iPad use. Do teachers enjoy using the tablets from both a technological and instructional standpoint? What ideas do they have to improve the iPad initiative?
- Informal student check-ins: Students love talking about using the iPad. Check in with them during class to collect their opinions and share their feedback with other teachers and administrators.
- Parent night and take-home letters: If parents in your community are involved in your program, invite them to the district for a parent night to showcase student projects completed with iPads. Alternatively, send a parent letter home with quotes from your student check-ins and include information about what you accomplished with iPads last semester.