Tim Scratcherd (the School House Partnership) and I were recently asked to write a report for the Oxford Education School Improvement Series on the use of Tablets and Apps. The purpose of this report is to provide practical support and guidance for school leadership teams who are considering the purchase of tablet devices. The report is aimed at school leaders and teacher in England but the ideas within the report are transferable to other parts of the world.
We launched the report at BETT 2013 last week.
With permission from Oxford I’ll be duplicating some of the report on olliebray.com over the next week. You can download the full report or order a paper copy over at the new Oxford School Improvement Tablet and App Help Centre.
The Oxford School Improvement Tablet and App Help Centre aims to be a hub of advice and resources on the use of Tablets and Apps in Schools. As well as the report written by Tim and I there are also a whole range of other resources that will be of interest to school and school leaders.
These resources have been produced by respected educationalists such as David Mitchell, Ian Addison and Jan Webb. Ian’s guide to the ‘Top Ten Apps for Maths’ and the ‘Top Ten Apps for Teaching’ are worth a look. David and Ian have also been busy recording some advice on the how to get started using tablets and apps in the classroom on a wide variety of topics from basic functionality to getting children blogging. Jan’s jargon buster and tablet comparison chart are also very useful to anyone looking to make a tablet purchase in the short term.
The thing that I enjoyed the most about working on this project for Oxford is that Oxford University Press is ‘arms length’ to many of the big tablet manufactures. It meant that we could talk openly and honestly about the range of different tablets and other devices on the market but at the same time keep a very strong focus on learning and teaching.
I’ll kick off the series of posts tomorrow but talking a little bit about the ‘big picture’ – but please remember that you can download the full report at any time from the OUP Tablet and App Help Centre.