I have worked so hard on this internship portfolio!  However, I feel that this is only the tip of the professional development I will be conducting in the future.  I have found that I love doing the research and finding new things to do with my students in the classroom.  In addition, I enjoy sharing with other teachers, and troubleshooting those problems that come along.  I hope to continue to add to this portfolio over time, and fully expect to continue my work with the iPad in the classroom, and my Fossum Wiki.  Over time, I hope that others will contribute as well!  Off this goes!
 
 
Students began receiving their iPads on March 5.  In some ways this has gone more smoothly than I anticipated, and in other ways not so smoothly.  
Since spring break, the students seem to know their limits with using the iPad in class.  The use of Facebook has just about stopped in most classes.  Students know that in my class I will take it away for that period if they are playing games or using Facebook, or completing work for another class.  I have used the QR code to help them easily access a website, held an Edmodo discussion that went well, and in my 9th period class I try to show them a few tips on using their iPads when I can.  It is interesting how quickly the "good things" any teacher does spreads among the students and teachers, so we are all learning from each other as well.  
I have been helping the other teachers whenever I can.  Most of that help comes informally in discussions at lunch, in the hallway, or in team meetings.  I have been experimenting with several apps, such as testing apps, and have discussions and sharing sessions informally with other teachers about them.
This week was BIG excitement at Fossum Middle School.  Michael Fossum, home after 6 months on the Intenational Space Station, came to our school on Monday morning and asked to visit the science lab classes.  Three of us met to plan a lesson incorporating the iPads and our topic, the Endocrine System.  After searching endlessly for a free app for students, and failing, we came up with a plan for an Edmodo discussion.   When Michael Fossum came to class (with a video camera crew, 3 still cameramen, the superintendent, and other school board members!) I introduced the lesson and the online discussion we were having.  Both he and the superintendent seemed very interested and the students were able to explain the effects of adrenaline they had experienced.  After he left, one student added that she had an adrenaline rush when Michael Fossum walked into the room.  It's not everyday that a hometown hero comes to class!
 
 
It has been an incredibly busy time at school!  I have been busy each day helping students register their iPad onto the Air Watch.  This will enable the district to locate any iPad if it is lost or stolen, in addition to the coverage provided through Apple.  Slowly, slowly, most of my students' parents have enrolled in the iPad program and given permission.  Each day, a few more students receive their iPads, until now nearly all of them have one.  The downside- I am constantly needing to monitor what the students are doing on their iPad.  I take nearly one every class period, but now the students understand that I mean it when I say "Go no where other than where I ask you to go".  I have not found too many on games or Facebook; the word has spread among my students that I will not allow it in my classroom.
I gave my first Edmodo online quiz last Friday.  We got laptops for students without an iPad. The good news- it was easily graded by the computer and I quickly input it into my online gradebook.  The bad news- because the laptop screen is more of a "hidden" view for me as the teacher, I feel (but have no proof) that some students with laptops were searching online for answers.  Their scores were outside of the normal for most students, particularly those who used laptops.  Lesson learned- from now on when we have a quiz I will have paper copies for anyone without a working iPad.  In general, I feel that Edmodo has limited use for true assessment.  Students can refer back to the discussions we have online, all students get the same questions at the same time, or I must create new tests for each class (which I did).  I have a few apps to try that I think may randomize the questions within a class, thus making it more secure.

I have been helping teachers every day with troubleshooting, idea sharing, applications for classrooms, etc.  The conversations are useful for us all; we share what we know and everyone is freely offering tips on what they are doing in class.  My school is full of ideas and enthusiasm with the program.  We had an open house night last week; I showcased for parents a sampling of the Glogs, Edmodo discussions,and podcasts we have done in class.  I also helped some parents with resources for using their student's iPad for their own use as well, such as checking grades and  content.  I feel that my internship will continue long past the time I am "finished"!
 
 
The cadre teachers met after school today to create a set of rules that will become school-wide policy for the iPads at Fossum.  We came up with a list of 6-8 rules; we tried to come up with a theme (keep it covered) and to keep the rules positive.  Our list is going to go to a group of students tomorrow to get their input as well. I created a Google doc for us to use as we planned the list, so that everyone could view the changes that were made as they were made.  At the meeting other concerns were brought up and we brainstormed possible solutions.  I think we made a great start!
 
 
So we made it through one week of the iPad distribution.  The technology problems have been dealt with but not solved, and everyone seems to be adapting.  Students who do not even know me have come to me as a problem solver!  
The Internet limits have been the biggest problem.  It appears that our sever has 250 IP addresses at any one time.  There are about 500 iPads at school and growing.  So many students, and teachers, have not been able to get onto the Internet.  It has been a limited problem in classes since many teachers are not relying on the iPad yet.  The students are playing games constantly- in the hall, in class, at lunch, creating much of the problem.  In addition, the students are still able to access Facebook and are doing so in class.  I took my first iPad away for going on Facebook in class.  I took it to the office with a note of whose it was and what the situation was.  I hope the students catch on quick that Facebook will not be allowed in class.  Hopefully it will be filtered out again; certainly if the problem continues, I hope.
Tomorrow the cadre teachers are meeting after school to create a school list of rules.  It started with a few teachers and the idea grew- I think it is a great one.  I plan to create a Google Doc of the ones we have so far and invite these teachers to edit it; once we have a list we can open it up to all.  A few of these teachers have been wanting to try Google Docs so I thought this would be a great start on that too.  I can then follow up with them later.  That document can be viewed here.