An idea has tremendous potential power if acted upon. Last September, John O’Sullivan of Framingham, MA had an idea which has exploded into an actual product that is now changing Chelmsford High School. The Teachers Awesome App Guide and Resource Book is designed to allow teachers to instruct their students in an interactive way using videos, tutorials, quizzes and other means that can help students learn the subject in a way that is fresh, new, exciting, informative and useful. Read more on the Chelmsford Patch…
CHELMSFORD – December 26, 2012 – The Chelmsford Public Schools Technology Department (www.chelmstech.net) is proud to announce the release of John O’Sullivan’s iBook called The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book. John O’Sullivan is the Technology Integration Specialist for Assistive Technologies and has been with the district since July 2010.
The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book built using iBooks Author, marks the CPS Technology Department’s first interactive iBook. Unlike traditional textbooks, The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book features interactive videos, quizzes, and online links for every teacher.
“We are extremely excited to debut John O’Sullivan’s iBook,” states Anne-Marie Fiore, Executive Director of Technology and Information for the Chelmsford Public Schools. “John has taken a completely fresh approach to defining what a teacher resource can be on an iPad. By eliminating the traditional book and replacing it with interactivity, we give teachers a chance to easily learn in the iBook format.”
Find out how you can unlock the power of The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book by visiting chelmstech.net and download it to your iPad (http://www.chelmstech.net).
The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book
The Teacher’s Awesome Apps and Resource Book PDF version
(will work on iPhone, PC and Mac)
Publisher 2010 is a very good program for project oriented learning. You can have the students make a poster, brochure, newsletter or many other publishable documents. Publisher is a very user friendly program if you are familiar with MS Office 2010.
What is “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD?
Bring your own device means that students and teacher can bring in electronic devices for use in the classroom. This could be a notebook/laptop, cell phone, tablet, or any other electronic device.
Do I have to allow students to use their own device?
No. It is up to the classroom teacher to decide whether or not to allow students to use their own devices and what the classroom rules are.
What are my biggest concerns as a teacher with “Bring Your Own Device?”
- A. Security
- Digital Citizenship is basic etiquette or reasonable conduct that when using a computer in a public place. A basic conversation about social etiquette on the computer is appropriate.
- Any embarrassing topics, personal information or controversial subjects should not be goggled during class. Since students have his or her personal device the conversation has to be more detailed.
- Students who come into school with his or her own device might have files or previous internet history that might not be acceptable for school.
- Students might also take videos with an iPhone or an iPad that might be total fine outside the classroom but a distraction during class.
- Let them know they are responsible for whatever is on his or her home personal device while in school. It would be a good idea to tell them to delete or remove anything of questionable value.
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Technology and Information Services
Guidelines for Bring Your Own Device
In the high school, students are allowed to bring their own personal computing devices with them to school. The following simple guidelines are in place to ensure that students are responsible and respectful users of these devices so that all learners may benefit from wireless access as part of the instructional program. Bringing a personal computing device to school is a big responsibility. Parents and students in the high school should consider together whether or not it is the right choice for an individual student.
- Only use your personal computing device in class when your teacher gives permission
- Always be fully engaged in your class work
- Know and respect the responsible use guidelines for technology – they apply to your own personal computing device
- Secure your personal computing device in your locked locker when it cannot be with you