Showing posts with label patrick larkin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label patrick larkin. Show all posts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The School That Launched 1,000 iPads

Patrick Larkin is the principal of Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. His school has one of the most forward-thinking policies regarding cell phones and tablets. This year his school put iPads in the students' hands. Patrick and his team have constructed an FAQ sheet with links about their program. You can find that document here as a Google Document or by visiting Patrick's blog and downloading the document as an ePub file.

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If your school is considering a 1:1 program with iPads, take a look at what Patrick's school has done. While the resources on Patrick's blog deal with iPads, many of the FAQs offer good information that applies to any 1:1 program.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

One Principal's Approach to Cell Phones in Classrooms

Last week I posted a video about two approaches to dealing with cell phones in schools. In short, the video featured a school with a zero-use policy toward cell phones and a school that was trying to use cell phones as mobile learning devices. This morning The Boston Globe featured Burlington, Massachusetts High School principal Patrick Larkin and his vision for the use of technology in his school. One of the things that jumped-out at me while reading the article was this quote from Patrick in response to a question about concerns that students will cheat or be distracted by using cell phones or laptops: “If they want to cheat, they’re going to cheat,’’ Larkin said, “with technology or anything else.’’ He said he doesn’t see much difference between this and the old scourge of teachers — note passing. “We’ve had no problem with note passing the last few years . . . I wonder why . . . they’re texting!’’ he said. Read the whole article here and make sure you read the closing quote from Principal Larkin.

Patrick Larkin takes an approach to dealing with cell phones in schools that many of us would like to see in schools. Rather than spending our effort and limited time telling students to put away their pocket computers (cell phones) we should put that effort into learning how we can leverage mobile devices to improve the learning experiences of our students.

On a related note, here is Patrick's guest post on this blog: Every Principal Needs A Blog!