iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings

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Outline of today’s session

8.00am Registration Desk Open
Tea/Coffee on arrival and a chance to network with like-minded delegates
9.00am to 11.00am Supporting reading and access to learning content
During this session we will explore the iPad’s built-in accessibility features and other settings that provide accommodations for students to successfully access text. A range of additional reading support apps will also be demonstrated and highlighted. Of course content can be provided to our students in more ways than just text. The use of audio and video apps to support student learning will be explored, along with creating content for our students via e-book apps.
11.00am Morning Tea
11.30am to 11.00pm Supporting organisation and other executive functions
Many students experience difficulty being organised and planning their study and workloads. This session will delve into the range of apps available for these and the other executive functions many of our students struggle with including time management, note taking and task completion. We will help our students understand about workflows on their iPad as often it is more than just one app that will be required to meet their own learning needs.
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm to 4.00pm Supporting writing and the new literacies
The final session will focus on how the iPad can support students struggling with writing to tell us what they know, what they have learnt and what they feel. Not only using ‘traditional writing’ frameworks that incorporate tools such as word prediction, spelling and vocabulary support, but also via the use of audio and video apps, the use of ‘cloud’ based apps, and the use of alternative formats including ePub.
4.00pm to 4.30pm Planning and exploring my PLN’s for after today’s workshop
This session will offer a framework to bring together everything we have learned throughout the day and develop a plan for using the iPad to support older students experiencing literacy and learning difficulties. This session will also give participants further information and professional learning network tools to ensure you keep up-to-date in an ever-changing technology landscape.

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How to use your iPad to make notes on the slides

iPad Basics 101: Out of the Box Tips for Successful Implementation with IOS7 Update

Bring your iPad to the workshop:

A small additional cost per participant will be incurred for purchase of apps that we recommend that you pre-install on your iPad to ensure maximum participation in the hands-on activities throughout the workshop day. Because of the rapidly changing iPad app landscape, you will be advised of these apps in the weeks preceding the workshop date. It is not anticipated that this cost will exceed $30 per participant.

  • Ensure you have the latest operating system on your iPad – iOS 7.0.4 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4623)
  • Bring headphones for your iPad
  • Make sure you have access to restrictions and the appropriate passcodes for your iPad
  • Make sure your iPad is fully charged, and bring a charger with you as well!

Free Apps (to be pre-installed)

(N.B. Sign up for an Evernote account before the workshop)

Paid Apps (to be pre-installed)

Higher cost (optional)

Top 10 Apps for Literacy Support

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Other Resources

iPad MasterClass Workshop Resources

Syncing iPads with PCLOCS

Using iPads with Interactive Whiteboards

Taking Your Learning Further

Building your Professional Learning Networks (PLNs)

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