How the iPad Is Changing Learning and IT: A Conversation with Fraser Speirs – Part 1


Back in November I wrote about spending a great afternoon at St. Andrew’s School in Savannah, discussing iPad deployment and implementation with St. Andrew’s staff and Fraser Speirs from Cedars School in Scotland, site of the world’s first 1:1 iPad deployment. A few days ago, Fraser and I got together via Skype to catch up on activities since our last meeting and he graciously agreed to a recording of the conversation. We talked for nearly an hour, so I edited the recording and split it into two parts. Here’s part one, along with links to resources mentioned in our discussion. Part two will continue with how the iPad may change the role of IT in schools.

A Conversation with Fraser Speirs Pt 1
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Resources
Essa Academy was the first school in the UK to deploy iPod touches to all students and staff. In this video, Abdul Chohan, Director of Essa Academy, discusses the impact and results of school wide 1:1 deployment of iPod touch and iPad devices to every student and staff member. Here’s the video.

Link to illustrated video of Sir Ken Robinson Talk

Link to RSA Vision App

Link to Xaverian School iPad Project

Link to article on iPads in Georgia (U.S.) middle schools.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.