As technology continues to change and advance, it is important to stay abreast of these changes and more closely examine those technologies that may be beneficial to teaching and learning. The goal of this program is to evaluate the potential role of the iPad as a teaching and learning tool at Deerfield Academy.
After a successful year in 2011-2012 with 13 participating faculty, we expanded the iPad Program in 2012-2013. Over 43 teaching faculty participated in the iPad Program last year exploring how the iPad could be used to enhance teaching and learning and support co-curriculars, as well as aiding in the completion of various administrative tasks. The expansion also provided iPads to students in five classes (Latin I, Global H2O, BioChemical Research, Honors Geometry, Arabic)–approximately 50 students–which provided us with feedback on useful apps, implementation strategies for using iPads in the classroom, and more.
This year, with a generous grant from a donor, all teaching faculty have received an iPad. In addition, all teaching faculty participated in professional development workshops that have introduced them to some of the best practices and most useful apps as identified by last year’s iPad users. Professional development opportunities will continue to be available throughout the year. In addition, we are providing iPads to students in over 20 classes (approximately half the student body). At the end of the year, we will evaluate our program and plan for next steps.
If you have questions about the iPad Program, please contact the ITS Help Desk (413-774-1444).