Quality teaching instructs us that reflection and evaluation is vital in the development of ourselves as teachers.
As teachers we reflect on our students daily – “Why did Nathan do this?” “Why did Sarah do that?. We also evaluate our own teaching and lessons – “That was a disastrous lesson” “Why did I use that manipulative?”
Evaluating the use of the iPad in the classroom is just as important. The significance of gathering data and information about iPad integration will allow for the following:
- Providing Feeback– gives you great insight in how differently the device is being used across your school as well as how teachers feel about integrating the iPads. Anonymity is probably a good thing here in order to gain honest feedback yet also understanding what grades use/feel more comfortable with what function may provide integral feedback.
- Promoting direction – giving you an idea of where you have been and where you need to go next.
- Concrete data – stakeholders may inquire about the effectiveness or benefits to learning and with concrete data, you can share information about how the devices are being used and their value.
- Focus – the focus of the iPads might initially be student oriented but evaluation might determine that the focus should actually be on teacher PD (professional development) at that point in time.
- Reason – reinforcing to the community and staff that the decisions being made and the directions taken are based on evidence and research not just one mans vision.
Below is an example of an evaluation used for the reasons outlined. Using a Google form is beneficial in collecting and organising the data gathered.