In this follow up post, Steve Molyneux, ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor and CEO of the iPad Academy, discusses the importance of iPads in education, and explains how some of the schools which he has worked with are using iMindMap HD for iPads in the classroom.
Firstly, we must recognise just how far technology for education has come. Gone are the days when a single bulky computer was a classroom luxury. Now, Government initiatives are aiming to give every student in the country access to portable media devices like iPads to boost their development. IT literacy is now a necessity.
Apple is at the top of the educational IT literacy movement. In June 2013, Apple sealed a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles School District to supply its students with iPads in the classroom. The iPads will come pre-loaded with several educational apps to boost the learning experience. This is a significant step towards the goal of making iPads accessible to every pupil in the USA.
Apple’s Senior Vice President, Phil Schiller, had the following to say:
“Education is in Apple’s DNA… Schools around the world have embraced the engaging and interactive quality of iPad with nearly 10 million iPads already in schools today.”
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has commented on how quickly the iPad is being adopted in education. Apple Distinguished Mentor, Steve Molyneux, set up his company, the iPad Academy, to develop the iPad/ education relationship to the full, and has subsequently become the leading UK provider for iPad training in education.
“Previously, the teacher controlled what the student learnt and the learning tools which children had access to. However, with the development of media devices such as iPads, students are now taking control of their own learning.”
Since becoming a ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, Steve has integrated his passion for Apple products with his accredited expertise in iMindMap.
“I have found that introducing them to tools such as iMindMap at a young age gives them the opportunity to develop key life skills such as independent research, critical thinking, and analytical skills.”
He has taught countless schools across the UK how to Mind Map on the iPad using iMindMap HD app. Here, he provides ThinkBuzan with an exclusive insight into three of the schools to which he has delivered training sessions.
Steve facilitated a session at Keble Prep School in which teachers used Mind Mapping for classroom tasks. During an English lesson, the teacher asked students to submit an iMindMap on a World War I poem, exploring the various themes, characters and attitudes by mind mapping, rather than producing an essay. This task was set so that students consolidated the large passage of text into key components. The teacher also integrated iMindMap into the homework tasks set, asking students to create an essay plan using iMindMap, to see if this impacted the essays submitted by the students.
Students’ essays were more structured and higher quality if they Mind Mapped and brainstormed the key elements. As students became more prolific users of the app and its various features, teachers also witnessed a significant improvement in the way students approached tasks, and in their critical thinking, organisational and creativity skills.
“It was a fantastic day. The staff are really excited and already the change has been amazing. You could hear a pin drop, the boys were so fired up in all lessons. Many of them have been showing me various animations and ideas they have had to present their work”
– Karen Collier, Keble Prep School
In June 2013, Steve facilitated two weeks of intensive training at Loughborough Endowed Schools Group, which is one of the largest independent schools in the UK, with pupils aged 4 to 18. As part of the training course, Steve guided teachers through the full capability of iMindMap HD app and showed them how to incorporate Mind Mapping into the school curriculum. Steve’s training focused particularly on showing teachers how to attach multimedia links to their Mind Maps.
“Teachers are often unaware of just how beneficial the app can be in the classroom. They were really impressed with the attachment capabilities of the app. Children today need to learn from a wide variety of multimedia sources, so being able to insert web links, audio notes, text notes and video links to their maps adds so much value to the learning experience.”
The iPad Academy has been working closely with James Brindley School, the education provider at Birmingham Children’s Hospital with over 6000 students being educated in any one year. The school provides education to children while they are unable to attend school for physical and mental health reasons. In these circumstances, iPads are the most effective learning tool as they allow total mobility and freedom for the students. Steve provides continual iMindMap training to new and existing students at the school to improve their learning. As an accredited trainer, Steve ensures that the mobile technology has a positive impact on their experience.
“iMindmap HD is a very intuitive tool. Students will pick up the basics in a matter of minutes, and then enjoy exploring the other features. It is a great tool for Mind Mapping in the truest sense. We are using it as an alternative to note taking, but it is even more useful in the way it brings ‘democracy’ to the classroom. The Mind Map can be created, and presented, by an entire class allowing all pupils to share their ideas and learning.”
– Iain Johnson, Deputy Head Teacher, James Brindley School
“iMindMap is a limitless workspace for brainstorming ideas, taking notes, organising tasks and creating presentations – the applicability of iMindMap in schools is endless. It gives the students more independence in their learning and shows them how beneficial it is to organise their thoughts before starting any piece of work.”
ThinkBuzan has a new educational app available for schools, iMindMap EDU. We offer significant educational volume discounts on iMindMap EDU, so for an official quotation please contact our Sales Team.
For more information on Steve’s company, the iPad Academy, check out Part 1, Trainer Showcase: Steve Molyneux, iMindMap and the iPad Academy.
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