A Letter Home… iPad Letter sent to parents on settings required and why.

 

 

I wanted to share a letter we are sending out to all our families in our schools iPad program. Some parents are reluctant to have their children have an Apple ID and email address. This letter is to help them understand why they are required.iPads at COK-SM - What you Need to Know!-1

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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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Tips for Training Parents

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.

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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.

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Replace a student or staff iPad in 10 minutes or less.

With a school of 350+ iPads, there are going to be breaks. When one of our iPads is damaged we are quick to replace it. We started off with 5 spares to be swapped out so the student didn't miss anytime. As we are trying to go as paperless as possible and have as much school work done on the iPad as possible, downtime is bad for everyone. Now that I have exhausted our spares they are swapped for repaired iPads. We have a local repair shop replacing the screens.

This process used to take me quite a while when I was using Apple Configurator to help manage the lot but now just using iCloud and Meraki MDM, I have this down to just a few minutes handling the device.

I created a simple form that the student and teacher can fill out before bringing me the iPad that needs replacing.

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Syncing Bookmarks from Computer to iPad

Mercury Browser; just one of several options.

This is just a quick guide for various methods and apps you can use to sync your computer's bookmarks to your iPad. One of the things that keeps new teachers from using their iPads is that they already have everything set up on their PC or Mac and just don't want to bother transferring everything over to the iPad. This post should help you get over that:

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Apps in the Classroom – neu.Annotate+

I mentioned neu.Annotate+ ($1.99) briefly in my post about Dropbox, but I wanted to give it a little more attention all by itself. It is one of the most frequently used apps in my fifth grade classroom and probably throughout our entire middle school.

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