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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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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Using iCloud.com to Retrieve Documents and Find a Lost iPad

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.

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WD MyCloud Server and the MyCloud iPad App UPDATE:12/5/2013

My school has a 3TB “General Share” server that houses all our teachers' “My Documents”. The files can be accessed from any computer connected to the network, but not from the iPads. This has been one of our major roadblocks with iPad implementation in our school. Teachers don't want to use the iPad if they can't painlessly access their computer's documents!

We have tried many different solutions. We tried convincing our teachers to install personal Dropbox accounts, but many of our less tech-savvy had trouble keeping the account synced up. We added Google Apps integration into our website and management systems (giving all the teachers 15GB of Google Drive space), but we've hit the same roadblocks as with Dropbox.

Just last week, however, we stumbled on a promising new option: the WD MyCloud server (3TB = $179) with its free corresponding iPad app.

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Apps Outside the Classroom – Scanning Documents and Creating PDF’s

FasterScan HD+ = The best scanning app our school has found thus far.

One thing a lot of teachers probably wish they had in the classroom is a fully-featured scanner. If you have iPads in the classroom, having a scanner would let you create digital copies of all those primary documents, old worksheets, and other resources you've amassed throughout the years. You could easily share copies of this stuff via a classroom website or resource folder without having to waste the time or paper running to the copy room. Students could just load up the scanned material on their iPads.

Well, if you have an iPad, then you have a scanner.

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Apps In The Classroom – Evernote. Absolutely Essential.

Why use Evernote? Because even if your iPad is sacrificed to the molten lava of Pelé, you will never lose your notes. Open Evernote and your presented with all your notes sorted by latest entry or modification. Pull down on the little elephant tab to get the big picture.

Pull down on the elephant to open the tabs menu.

You now see a whole plethora of options and areas to explore. Continue reading