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2012-2013 Eric Schubert & Janelle Phillips: iPads and Apple TV in Math and Science

Research Question: How can we develop a community of learners where students learn from each other? Specifically, utilizing iPads as a tool to for inquiring, and giving students an opportunity to share our knowledge with our school community.

Name of Applicant(s): Eric Schubert (Grade 7/8 Math/Science) & Janelle Phillips

(Grade 7/8 Math/Science)


Description of Innovative Strategy:

The following innovative technology initiatives will support increased engagement in our growing 21st century learning environment by assisting students to improve their media literacy, collaboration skills, problem‐solving ability, and quest for innovation. By implementing this innovative technology in grade 7 & 8 Math and Science classrooms we believe we will cultivate engaged thinking, learning, and teaching in our students, and ourselves as teachers.

Technology Tools:
Apple TV Technology

The SMARTboard technology currently used at our school has proven to be an excellent engagement tool in the classroom. It’s interactive nature and simplicity streamline lesson presentation and collaboration with students. The downside of the SMARTboard is that it restricts its use to a single individual interacting at a time at the front of the classroom. This can often leave teachers stuck at the front of the classroom and many students patiently waiting their turn to interact. iPads have also proved to be incredibly engaging and interactive with students, however, demonstrating iPad and app use as well as sharing discoveries on the iPads can be a challenge. Enter Apple TV and its revolutionary airplay technology that allows iPads to stream audiovisual content and even mirror the iPaddisplay wirelessly on the SMARTboard. The possibilities in a classroom are endless with the connection between a SMARTboard and an iPad via Apple TV. A teacher is now able to roam the classroom with iPad in hand, presenting concepts on the large screen while collaborating with students and allowing them to contribute to the presentation from their seat. Brainstorming and collaboration comes to life as students can draw diagrams, add text, and even solve math equations on individual iPads and then present their findings to the class by activating airplay with a tap of the finger. The potential for increased engagement is immense and the speed and simplicity at which ideas can be shared in this way is amazing. Connect the iPad, Apple TV’s airplay, and a SMARTboard with apps such as Dissection for grade 8 science, Starwalk for grade 6 sky science, Google Drive, and SMART Notebook and the collaborative nature of the classroom increases. With SMART notebook for iPad students have access to a variety of tools to explore and represent their learning without paper and pencil. In addition, SMART notebook for iPad is ideal for small groups and student interaction and it allows greater flexibility in student pacing. Students can collaborate on the iPads using the Google Docs app allowing each student to see and contribute in real time. Airplay takes this one step further by allowing groups to display their findings on a larger screen. No more need for holding up a poster that is too small for all students to see. Let’s further the 21st century learning environment and support the universal design for learning by streamlining the collaborative nature of our classrooms and giving students increased access to iPads and Apple TV’s airplay.

iPads – The school currently has one set of iPads however, with the Apple TV connectivity, we anticipate increased usage of our iPads. As such, we would like to increase the number of iPads to facilitate increased access to the technology. This would allow two classrooms to work with the iPad/Apple TV/SMARTboard software at the same time – allowing for multi‐grade collaborative teaching and learning between grade 7 & 8 Math/Science classes. In order to support the increased technology use for collaboration we require 10 new iPads.

Supporting 21st Century Learners

We believe that implementing innovative technology challenges our students to grow in their ability to be 21st century learners. Innovative technology gives students the tools they need for efficient research, collaboration, and innovation. A portrait of a 21st century learner includes learning to become better critical thinkers; problem‐solvers; innovators; collaborators; self‐directed learners; and information and media literate. Some specifics of how the innovative technology supports these attributes are below:

Critical Thinking – students will have increased access to the internet and by sharing ideas over Apple TVs Airplay, rich classroom discussion can be had to the merits and validity of sources while increasing the efficiency of idea‐sharing

  • Problem Solving – technology will facilitate investigative problem solving among individuals, small groups, and large group through increased internet access and seamless sharing of solutions.

  • Innovators – cutting edge technology provides students with the ability to create interactive presentations and facilitates instantaneous sharing of ideas thus accelerating the innovative process.

  • Collaborators – the use of Google Drive on iPads allows for simultaneous editing on iPads and when used in conjunction with Apple TV Airplay collaboration both within a classroom and between classrooms becomes extremely efficient.

  • Selfdirected learners – with increased access to iPads students can access online course material (such as math and science “Live Binders”) to direct their own learning. Apple TV allows teachers to engage the whole class in discussion by mirroring an iPad on the SMARTboard.

Information and Media Literate – by increasing the number of iPads, students will enjoy increased access to the internet for research and the Apple TV integration allows the teacher to discuss student researching in real‐time and give formative feedback to the researching process as well as allowing students to stream audiovisual content both researched and student‐created.

Envisioning Students Technology Use

Students will use the technologies described above, in the following ways:

  • Students will use the Apple TV/SMARTboard and iPad interactively in the Grade 7 & Grade 8 Math and Science classes

  • In math, students will use work collaboratively with classmates to solve problems using the iPads to and Apple TV to represent and share their ideas with the greater class to support a collaborative learning environment. This allows the teacher to ask any group to share their solution with the class without having to re‐write on the board. The use of Apple TV and SMARTboard will increase the efficiency of collaborative learning in the math classroom.

  • In Science, the teacher will be able to demonstrate useful curricular apps such as bridge construction and dissection by mirroring the iPad’s display on the Apple TV. The Apple TV connectivity also allows for students to research and present their research from their group’s work area without the wasted time of setting up a new computer for each group presentation. During experiments students will document observations on the iPad and the teacher can discuss exemplars and give formative assessment feedback to the class by projecting real‐time data collection on the SMARTboard using the Apple TV.

  • In Science, students will also be collaborating in Google Drive to create presentations, documents, spreadsheets, and websites. The ease of Apple TV’s Airplay allows students to collaborate simultaneously in real‐time while projecting their findings on the SMARTboard to engage a larger student group in the collaboration.

    Connection to 21st Century learning, threeyear education plan, and the school education plan

    Connection to 21st Century Learning:

    In an article entitled, 21st Century Middle Schools: What Does Success Really Mean? (Middle Ground, April 2010, Vol. 13. No. 4), author Bernie Trilling describes several characteristics of what students in 21st Century middle schools will be/should be doing. The technology tools in our proposal align with and support each of these characteristics: diverse and collaborative teams work together to solve problems

and create something new (Apple TV technology; iPads; ); technology is integrated seamlessly into teaching and learning (Apple TV technology; iPads); project‐based learning on topics that students really care about is the norm (Apple TV technology); and innovation and creativity are cultivated (Apple TV technology; iPads).

RVSD ThreeYear Education Plan: Our Innovative Technology Grant proposal coordinates with each of the following goals and outcomes of the RVSD three‐year educational plan:

Goal One:
Outcome 1.2 – Learning is Universally Acceptable
Outcome 1.3 – Resources and programs ensure all learners succeed

Goal Two:
Outcome 2.1 – Learners direct and feel ownership for their learning Outcome 2.2 – Learners demonstrate 21
st Century competencies Outcome 2.4 – Learners Flourish in a culture of excellence

Goal Three
Outcome 3.2 – Instructional design engages each learner
Outcome 3.3 – Instructional design enriches the learning experience Outcome 3.4 – Instructional design empowers learners

Goal Four
Outcome 4.1 – Learners use digital technologies to enhance learning Outcome 4.3 – Learning is generative, responsive, and multi‐dimensional

Meadowbrook School Education Plan:
Our Innovative Technology Grant proposal aligns with the following strategies that

support the goals of the Meadowbrook School Education Plan:

  • Professional Learning and expanded access and use of assistive technology

  • Effectively designed learning through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • Classroom teachers implementing approaches and strategies that support

    mild/moderate students’ IPP learning goals

  • Integration of technology into teaching and learning and increased access to

    current technologies

  • Use of relevant/current technology to enhance, enrich, and assist learning

  • Create spaces that promote collaboration, cooperation, problem‐solving,


  • Improving instructional practice

  • Increase accessibility to appropriate technology and training to support

    learning for students and staff

Professional Learning tied to the RVS Professional Learning Model

Professional Learning related to the utilization and implementation of the Technology tools in the Grant, are aligned with the RVS Professional Learning Model:

  • Our project is aligned with the RVS Professional learning Model in that it is collaborative; inquiry‐based; transformational; job‐embedded; innovative; and ongoing and supportive.

  • As well, our implementation of these technology tools is research and data informed through UDL research that provides information about their application, as well as provides guidance as to the professional development required for their successful implementation (eg. Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning – Rose & Meyer, 2002).

    Level of innovation relative to Meadowbrook School’s current implementation of 21st century pedagogy

    The innovative technology we are requesting supports our current implementation of 21st Century pedagogy, and utilizes tools and approaches that further exemplify which technology tools should be implemented. The technology we are requesting will help to fill in the following gaps:

    Technology that will allow for seamless collaboration between teacher presentation and student participation, as well as student‐to‐student collaboration such as found in the Apple TV technology and iPad/SMARTboard interaction.

    iPads will increase student access to important technology resources, and allow us to split up our current inventory of one set of iPads into 2 sets, thus allowing access for more classrooms to use the technology, as well as allow two separate classroom to collaborate with each other – such as the Grade 7 & Grade 8 Math/Science classes.

    Apple TV technology integrated with iPads allow the teacher greater freedom in movement in the classroom as the teacher is no longer required to present a concept from the front of the classroom.

Innovative Technology Grant Budget






Apple TV Receivers

Necessary for connecting SMARTboard to iPads

$109 x 2 (number of homerooms)


Apple HDMI Cables

Required for hooking up receivers to SMARTboards

$20 x 2


Kanex ATV Pro HDMI to VGA Adapter with Audio Support

Required for hooking up receivers to SMARTboards

$60 x 2


Premium 3.5 mm Stereo Male to 2 RCS Female Cable Supports Sony PS3‐6ft

Required for hooking up receivers to SMARTboards

$6 x 2


SMART Notebook App for iPad

Allows for synching iPad to SMARTboard

$7.00 x 40 (# of iPads)


Stylus Pens – Skyque – Stylus ‐ Chrome

Allow for accuracy when writing, drawing, doing math work on iPads

$5 x 45


Bretford PowerSync Cart for iPad and ten iPad 2 16GB with Wi‐Fi (Black) devices

To increase accessibility to iPad technology

10 iPads and learning cart




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