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Getting it right: iPad Day @ DGC

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Sue Ausmeier

What more fun way could there be to learn how to use your new iPad than to be involved in an ‘Amazing Race’ where the iPad was pivotal to winning the race? iPad Day’ dawned and Durban Girls’ College (DGC) Grade 9 girls arrived at school with their shiny set on an adventure around the world!

Searching, scanning and ‘selfies’

The day started with a brief introduction to several of the new apps that the girls were asked to download. It’s always amazing to see how quickly technology-infused teenagers are able to master new digital concepts. Teams were then each given their starting clue in the form of a QR code, which they had to scan.1

The cryptic clues that popped up led them to their various destinations – at each of which they had to perform some task using their iPads. Once the task was completed, they had to scan the next QR code and set off for their next destination. Each destination required a different kind of task to be completed; for example, the girls had to video themselves doing a rap about the location, take photos of each other with background evidence of their destination, create a collage of photos, download photos off the internet, use a drawing app to draw their location, take a ‘selfie’2 of their whole group and create a word collage.

Beat the pack with your book

Once all the clues had been collected and the required tasks completed, it was time to put the final product together – each group had to produce a book, using the Book Creator app. One or two pages of the book were allocated for each destination and all the various tasks had to be included. The books were then viewed on the big screen and all the girls got the opportunity to see each other’s attempts at rapping, drawing, creating collages, mindmaps, etc. The final winners were the team that got their book completed first and included all the required elements.

Getting the balance right

The day ended with the girls completing an online survey done in Google Forms,3 asking them what they thought about the day. Some of the comments were, “It was really good fun!”, “Most of it was new to me, so it was really helpful” and “I feel as though I have a good understanding of how to work the apps we were shown and I feel confident for using them in our school syllabus.” All in all, a successful day of fun and learning!

Sue Ausmeier is head of information technology at Durban Girls’ College, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

1. A QR code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device (such as a camera) and processed using Reed-Solomon error correction until the image can be appropriately interpreted. Data is then extracted from patterns present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image. (Source:

2. A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. (Source:

3. Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. A Google form can be connected to a Google spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is linked to the form, responses will automatically be sent to the spreadsheet. Otherwise, users can view them on the ‘Summary of Responses’ page accessible from the Responses menu. (Source:


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