iPad Setup for Individual Classrooms Managed by the Teacher

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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!

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Microsoft Office for iPad (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote)

Microsoft has just recently released iPad apps for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. These aren't just sloppy ports of the Windows programs, either. These apps were designed from the ground-up to work efficiently on the iPad and with touch controls. I was able to download them and check them out, and here are my impressions.

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Apps in the Classroom – Photoblogging With Storehouse

Many teachers want to show students how to run blogs or create published web content as part of their curriculum (especially in middle and high school). I have already discussed the rather convoluted method of maintaining a class blog using WordPress, but there are simpler and more creative solutions available, as well. Storehouse, for example, is a free app that allows students to publish and share semi-private photoblog posts. They are really easy to make and they look great.

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Paperless Quizzes Using Google Forms (that GRADE THEMSELVES)

Ready to get rid of Scantrons and save yourself a bunch of time and paper? Today we are going to combine the robust features of Google Docs with a classroom full of iPads to create auto-grading paperless quizzes. Less time spent grading and managing paperwork means more time teaching, and we can all get excited about that!

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Using QR Codes and Google Goggles in the Classroom

QR codes are those fancy pixelated images that let you encode text or web links. Apps on mobile devices can easily scan the QR to decipher the text or instantly load a website. There are a million apps that let you scan QR codes, but today I am going to focus on the official (free) Google Search app and the built-in Google Goggles image search feature.

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Cloud Storage Tutorial for Teachers and Students

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.

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