So, these are a lot of words but not a lot of time. Having to spell out each touch makes this seem like a lot but it’s really not. Total time, minus the actual App installs, is maybe 10 minutes.
iPads in a classroom are the new boardgames, (educational of coarse), and as teachers, you want to have control over what is played in your classroom and not rely on the IT Guy every time you come across an App you would like for your classroom.
This guide is how I tell my teachers to setup iPads so they become living machines. Changing content when you want and not through a trouble ticket.
I am just copying and pasting the directions I sent out to our classrooms that got 5 iPads for their rooms, each. Your exact needs might not be here but you can adapt… Read everything first!
I have already done a detailed post on advanced Dropbox tips for teachers, but I also wanted to do a more general post about cloud storage, give you some options, link you to some important apps, and explain why cloud storage is so important for students and teachers.
Last Friday at school, one of the middle school students came by my room in a panic. She had left her iPad at home, but needed a Keynote presentation on the iPad for a group project that was due that day. She was afraid of letting down her groupmates and hurting their grades.
Thankfully, we were able to remotely access the file and transfer it to a friend's iPad using iCloud's web interface.
If your school is instituting a 1-to-1 iPad program that provides students with “personal” iPads or otherwise allows students to take the devices home with them, then one of your top priorities needs to be training the parents.
This is absolutely critical and was one of the things that is often overlooked by schools with these programs. Even though the students might be techno-savvy wunderkinds, many parents do not fully understand the capabilities of these devices. Proper training is key to help monitor and protect students while they are using your devices off of school grounds.
Having a group email list on my iPad is a real time saver. I can type a few letters of our school name in the “To:” files of my email and quickly get a list of groups I have created so I can send an email to a bunch of people at once. The initial set up of this is kinda confusing but pay attention and I'll walk you through it. Once it's done, however, you can easily edit it to keep it up to date and you can quickly share it. Do it once and it works for everyone. For large lists you'll want a computer with MS Word or Apple Pages installed.
So, it's hard to see in the pic but in a new message I have typed the first few letters of my school name and I already see “SCHOOL All & SCHOOL Teachers”. One is everyone that works at the school and one is just the teachers at the school. Creating the list is either super easy and fast or time consuming depending on your IT person. Continue reading →
When introducing iPads into a school, you can be sure that there will be a lot of concerned teachers. Many worry that they will not understand the technology, or they are afraid that the students will “outsmart them” or make them look silly or ignorant. Others are more traditional and are simply not excited abut having to adapt to this new technology.
But the fact is that this technology is here to stay. This sort of stuff is the future and even if the teachers or older generations don’t care for it, current students will need to know how to utilize this technology for their eventual careers. It would be a travesty for schools not to do their best to teach with these tools to help prepare kids for a tech-heavy future.
So, I’ve complained a lot about the VPP but there are some good points to it as well. I’ll go over a few of them here so there’s some ying to all my yanging.
The most obvious being the volume discount. Buy more than 20 licenses of one app at one time and they are half off. Note that free apps do not show up in the VPP store. I thought it might be cool to buy 200 copies of a free app while on sale for use in the future but Apple is smarter than me… Remember that it’s 20 or more each time. You can’t buy 20 and come back and buy 5 more and get half off. So, it’s good to buy in bulks of 20 as needed. In the case of the VPP, 11 is more expensive than 20.
Another nice thing about the VPP is the 2 accounts that you will need to run it.