Thanks for all the Prep parents who have attended the Gr.1 One-to-One iPad Parent Info Session on April 21. Special thanks to Mr. DJ Macpherson, Ms Jackie Rendina (Gr.1 Teacher), Mr. Andrew Ip (IT Manager), Mr. Don Chan (Senco), Ms Cecilia Tsang (Apple) and LTT members who have helped putting together a very informative session for the parents. Below is the keynote slide show that we have presented.
Two key information presented:
All parents have to purchase the iPad bundle from the school’s approved vendor Senco-Masslink by June 5, 2015.
To register to the Senco purchase portal, parents have to use their child’s school email address (which can be found in their home diary) and the parent’s email address for account authentication.
Please remember these important dates and feel free to contact Mrs. Makky Fung at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thanks for all the Gr.3 parents who have attended the Gr.4 One-to-One MacBook Parent Info Session. Special thanks to Mr. DJ Macpherson, Mr. Stewart Grant, Mr. Robert Minor, Mr. Andrew Ip, Mr. Don Chan (Senco), Ms Cecilia Tsang (Apple) and LTT members who have helped putting together a very informative session for the parents. Below is the keynote slide show that we have presented. Please remember these important dates and feel free to contact Mrs. Makky Fung at email@example.com if you have any questions.
MacBook Roll Out Event (All parents and students have to attend)
Parents who wish to use a pre-own Macbook need to contact the IT Department (phone: 2240-6328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm that the MacBook is compatible with the school programme. Pre-owners also need to login to the Senco Portal to order the Apple Care extension programme (if MacBook is within one year old) and purchase a MacBook cover.
The first CDNIS iPad Speed Share session (iSSS) on Jan 15, 2015 was a slam. Inspired by the Speed Geek session from the ISKL iPad conference attended in Sept 2014, Vivian Fung organized our own iSSS for CDNIS lower school teachers to learn about practical apps for classroom use on the iPads. Ten tables each hosted by a teacher shared an app in 5.5 minutes and the participants then rotate to a different table in 30 seconds time. Practical experiences, learning values, hints/tips and ways of using the apps are shared by the host teachers at the table.
After the rollout of Teachers’ iPad on Nov 17, 2014, this iPad speed sharing session hopes to provide teachers with more ideas of using the iPad in a content creation methodology rather than a consumable device. The app we shared in the afternoon includes
About 60 Lower teachers including homeroom, specialist and Chinese Teachers plus educational assistants participated in the hour long sharing session. Light snacks were provided at the beginning and each tables were provided with nibbles. Feedback from teachers were all very positive. A very tight schedule but teachers are able to get a snapshot of 10 different apps in an hour. Special thanks to all teachers who shared at the host tables!
LTT will continue to provide further support to teachers who want to put these apps into practice and use them in the classroom.
It’s PYP Exhibition season! That means the PYP class of 2015 needs a logo for banners, t-shirts, and wherever else they publicize this big deal. And it is a big deal! Grade 6 students may choose to address the theme, How We Express Ourselves, using coding, photography, poetry, film, drama, and more.
Step One: Learn about logo design
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Dec. 15-19, 2014 is the first Taste of Coding for students from Prep to Gr.4. 40-mins long coding lessons are designed for students to try making something work with simple programming codes. Students develop computational thinking skills while trying to solve problems in a fun way. iPad apps used range from Scratch Jr to Daisy the Dino and Hopscotch. Students started with some basic activities to understand how blocks work and then take the challenge activities to further their understanding and extend their knowledge and creativity. Many went away wanting to do more programming and use the apps at home.