AppleCare is pretty great but expensive and doesn’t cover everything in most cases. At our school we came up with a plan to speed up repairs and have a little more control over breaks.
Over the past several years, I have visited several schools to talk about iPads. I am often called in to talk to a school in the early stages of implementation. Usually, the teachers have only had their personal iPads for a few months and the student iPads or cart iPads are still in the future.
This is the perfect time to host a professional development session. This gives me (or whoever offers it to your school) the opportunity to save your school and teachers a lot of time. We can warn you away from the mistakes we have made, and we can point you directly towards solutions that might have taken us months to stumble upon ourselves.
Below is a list of the most common questions I receive from teachers and administrators at these early training sessions.
When people ask me to recommend a whiteboard app for the classroom, I usually recommend Educreations. It is free and super easy to use. My students use it to write answers down during class review games and my coworker uses it to record her fifth grade math lessons.
But someone recently pointed out that Educreations can be inconvenient when trying to keep track of your different projects and demonstrations within the iPad. They were looking for a more robust whiteboard app that also saved projects for future editing in an easy and intuitive way.
For that I recommend Explain Everything ($2.99).
We have over 600 students in our school and every week we have an assembly in our enormous gymnasium. Sometimes we have students give presentations or win awards that are very hard for the rest of the student body to see from the bleachers in the back of the room. So I just wanted to write up a quick post showing a pretty obvious-once-you-see-it way to help the whole school see what is going on using an AppleTV.