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How do they use Ipads in lessons at ZU UAEU and HCT?

 
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mateacher



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:59 am    Post subject: How do they use Ipads in lessons at ZU UAEU and HCT? Reply with quote

can someone expand on the ways these are used? if I was hired, I would like to know what I would be walking into. How the classes work etc.
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Haloolah



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:56 am    Post subject: Just couldn't resist Reply with quote

They usually are checking Instagram or Twitter...or listening to videos or watching YouTube clips. Sorry! Couldn't resist!

You walk around the classroom and they quickly switch to where they are supposed to be....then when you walk away..........back to YouTube!

(in all seriousness it depends on the class and whether anyone has pre-loaded information or apps on the iPads, but yes, they are used in HCT and UAEU classes. Any class in particular you are interested in? Another poor soul who has to teach using iPads can help you out with more details).
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mateacher



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can believe that.

What are they supposed to be used for? in HCT and UAUE? what apps do they use, how much class time do they use them for?
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Neutrino Girl



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of their course books are in the interactive iBook format, worksheets / documents can be viewed in apps like Pages and neu.Annotate. Other apps I use regularly in class are Socrative, Keynote, and Nearpod. iPads are also useful for taking notes, doing research, creating presentations (Keynote), etc.
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jaffa



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Saudi we used to have computer classes at Aramco that were supposed to be for English study but the most popular viewings were for beheadings and car accidents. A colleague at my current job had his students film something or other as an assignment and due to their laziness they just handed in their phones for him to upload their 'work'. He said he had to sift through hundreds of "the most gruesome gay porn clips" before he found their 'homework'.

It's a delightful place really Confused
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately, mateacher is aiming toward university level in the UAE... a very different student body. Laughing

Your post reminds me of using internet cafes around the Middle East. The posting histories on every computer I used was 95% porn sites. I learned to choose a computer where I couldn't see any other screens.

VS
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peripatetic_soul



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject: iPadagogy at HCT Reply with quote

In response to your question about how the iPad is used in classrooms at HCT, first of all, it depends on which campus you are teaching and your chair's philosophy. In a friend's recent experience at her campus, a paperless environment was promoted and almost all activities had to be done with the iPad. Startup of the semester involves helping students to download all the required Apps. As other posters have commented, though, as soon as the teacher walks away from the student desks, they are quickly engaged in youtube, instagrams, etc. In any case, students prepared projects with detailed rubrics (to assess the various English skills vis-à-vis Keynote presentations with embedded audio and video, creating iBooks.....), used eBooks for reading class, and most exams were administered on the iPad, except for the final, computer-based system-wide exams. Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject: Technology is key in modern classrooms Reply with quote

Technology is key in modern classroom, UAE educators say
By Mohammed N Al Khan, The National | 5 March 2014
Source: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/technology-is-key-in-modern-classroom-uae-educators-say

DUBAI // Technology must be taken advantage of in the modern classroom, education experts agreed, but teachers are still the most important aspect of learning development.

Last year 6,200 students at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) were given iPads to help them improve their English skills. The paperless classroom project also attracted 320 teachers. “The use of the iPads created a positive attitude to learning and had a clear positive impact on the students’ language development,” said Dr Christina Gitsaki from the HCT. “Most of the students were using the devices all day, they were using them out of class to do homework.” Dr Gitsaki was speaking at the Gulf Education Supplies and Solutions (Gess) exhibition in Dubai.

More than 80 per cent of the students in the paperless classroom project said the iPad had a positive effect on learning English and that it helped their reading and writing skills. “From our student survey we also found that the teacher was still the top motivator in the classroom,” said Dr Gitsaki. Many of the students attributed their improvement to the support of their teacher and their willingness to embrace the use of the devices.

The course exam was based on three HCT-made tests and a fourth from the International English Language Test System (IELTS). “The highest-scoring students were the ones who used the iPads,” Dr Gitsaki said. “The results showed that students who use the iPads for four or more activities had significant improvement on their IELTS score.” However, she said there was still a gap between learning in class and the assessment system. “We need to find a better way to measure their learning on digital devices. These exams are still in pen and paper and the students are using touch screens to learn.”

“You need to give the student ownership of their learning material,” said Gary Henderson of SSAT Middle East an educational consultancy company. “They need to be able to determine when, where, what and how to learn. Provide the content and let them learn in their own time, then have them use the time in class with the teacher to discuss what they’ve learned. That is how to personalise education.” Mr Henderson suggested students be allowed to bring their own devices to school. “Should we be worried about students relying too much on technology when the adults teaching them are already reliant on technology?” he asked. “These devices allow them to be more creative, be it through games, making presentations, or even coming up with solutions for real-world problems.” He added that schools really don’t have a choice. Students will still bring the devices with them anyway and it would be better to teach them how to use them effectively.

The Arab Bureau for Education in the Gulf States (Abegs), and International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), jointly announced a new programme that will prepare educator-mentors in the Arabian Gulf states. The programme is designed to provide sustainable support and training to classroom teachers on the effective use of technology and digital resources for learning. “Teachers are the focus of our work,” said Dr Ali Alkarni, director general of Abegs. “Investing in technology will not enhance learning unless teachers are equipped with pedagogical skills so that they can meaningfully integrate technology into instructional strategies in their classrooms. We believe ISTE is in the best position to help deliver this vision.”

Beginning in 2014, ISTE faculty will lead two, three-day workshops for the Gulf region, followed by virtual professional development. Those taking part will demonstrate their learning through assessments to earn an Abegs and ISTE Standards Coaching Certificate, qualifying them to facilitate the ISTE Standards Teacher Training programmes in their home countries or regions.

(End of article)
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technology is cutting-edge chalk. Smile
Regards,
John
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Geronimo



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This semester ADVETI colleges are running several of their blended learning courses on the english360 VLE platform,
and are thus drawing upon high quality CUP resource materials.

You might find the english360 website's 'Quick tour' to be instructive, mateacher...
http://www.english360.com/quicktour/

Geronimo
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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dustdevil



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
Fortunately, mateacher is aiming toward university level in the UAE... a very different student body. Laughing

Your post reminds me of using internet cafes around the Middle East. The posting histories on every computer I used was 95% porn sites. I learned to choose a computer where I couldn't see any other screens.

VS
At Dubai Women's some 12 or 13 years ago, when student enrollment was about 600 and the internet was not yet censored, the tech director reported an average 1600 hits on porno sites per day. Uhm--it wasn't me!
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robinbanks



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: HCT interviews Reply with quote

Does anybody have any insight into how the questions are posed these days in relation to students/teachers use of I-pads/specifically recommended apps for learning etc?
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Gulezar



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: HCT interviews Reply with quote

robinbanks wrote:
Does anybody have any insight into how the questions are posed these days in relation to students/teachers use of I-pads/specifically recommended apps for learning etc?


There were quite a few different presentations at TESOL Arabia on using iPads. Why not do a search at http://www.tesolarabia.net/ta/tacon-2014-schedule/ ? Use "app", "iPad" and maybe mobile. Then contact the presenters.

Don't forget to polish up your "flipped classroom" routine, too.
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