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My Guide to iPad Deployment in School

My Guide to iPad Deployment in School
Almost two years ago to the day, I wrote a post, “The iPad: Why Teachers Should Care.” Flash forward to today, both of the schools I work at have purchased one iPad for each classroom. Although I’ve already mastered how to manage all the iDevices in my personal household, learning to manage iPads in an institutional environment involved a bit more learning due to the complexities of software licensing and the necessity to keep institutional accounts separate from personal ones. School Accounts You’ll Need: 1. A generic e-mail address. To repeat, you deposit gift cards into the VPP account and then redeem the download codes you receive through your school’s Apple ID. Although you buy 20 codes, you really only redeem one of the codes. We do not share any of the passwords for these accounts with the teachers at our school. Personal Accounts You Should and Shouldn’t Use Some schools do not allow teachers to install their own apps on the school iPads. Setting Up the iPads iPad Apps in Folders

Preparing Your School for an iPad Implementation Planning is imperative for any technology initiative - iPad or otherwise. You need to ensure that you clearly understand and communicate how the technology integrates with your overall pedagogical objectives. Too many institutions purchase technology and then search for ways to utilize it ... or leave it collecting dust on the shelf. Planning needs to consider both infrastructure needs and the educational applications of the new technology. Campus Infrastructure Considerations Signal Strength: If you’re using wifi iPads then you’ll need a strong and reliable connection to the web. Pedagogical Considerations: Pedagogical Models:Have you discussed how the use of iPads will be integrated into your educational processes? Your iPad implementation plan requires careful thought and preparation. Sam Gliksmansamgliksman@gmail.comTwitter: @samgliksmanSpecial thanks to Howard Chan and his article, “Considerations Before Deploying iPads and iPods”

The Must-Have App Review Rubric Added by Jeff Dunn on 2011-11-22 So you just downloaded a few educational apps that you think might be useful in your classroom. How do you accurately compare and contrast them? Thanks to a new app review rubric from by eMobilize , it’s easier than ever to understand just how useful an app may be in the classroom. On a related note, the Edudemic Directory features many educational apps and lets you quickly compare them to see how they stack up. Give it a try today! I’ve rewritten the original rubric from eMobilize and tailored it to fit all school districts. Download The Rubric Here (PDF) Overview of the App App Title: App Publisher/Developer: Version: Link to App Store: Curriculum Compliance Yes/ No – Is it relevant to the curriculum framework? Operational Yes/ No – Is navigation easy? Pedagogy Yes/ No – Does the material accommodate diverse ways in which students learn? Comments are closed.

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A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School For personal use, the iPad is a breeze to set up. Turn it on, connect to a wireless network, enter your Apple ID, and you’re ready to go. If you’re already a resident of the Apple ecosystem, your apps are waiting for you in on a “Purchased” list in the App Store and backups of your other devices are available via iCloud for download to your current device. There is also a lot to like about iOS. That said, deploying iPads at any kind of scale is just short of maddening. First, kindly allow me to give you some background. Consider this a freshman level tutorial. On paper, Lion Server should work. Apple Configurator is a fickle mistress. Some caveats: Apple Configurator has three modes: Prepare, Supervise, and Assign. Prepare mode has a few options that you can tweak to your tastes. Theoretically, you can also install applications, restore from a backup, and install configuration profiles in this view—but I recommend against it. Once, you’ve prepared all of your iPads.

Terice T. Schneider's Digital Home | Educator, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend Favorite quotes from Minnetonka’s 1:1 iPad Institute « West Des Moines Community Schools Technology On July 18th, our district sent a small team (Jackie Neuberger, Bryan Stearns, David Maxwell, and myself) to visit Minnetonka, Minnesota schools for their 1:1 iPad Institute. The district currently has 1,600 iPads deployed to all 9th and 10th graders at Minnetonka High School. Also visit..”My notes from Minnetonka’s 1:1 iPad Program” 1. “It’s NOT about finding the perfect app.” A brilliant quote from science teacher Ben Stanerson (@ben_stanerson), recognizing that many teachers start by looking for the perfect app. 2. “ I was having teacher dreams in July.” A quote from one of the 16 initial pilot teachers, recognizing the amount of work and anxiety involved with implementing iPads into the classroom. 3. Quote from a district administrator highlighting that the project is not about the device, it’s about teaching and learning. 4. A student quote referring to the usage of iPads to streamline assessments, meaning that students didn’t have to wait as long for feedback. 5. 6. Rate this: i

Tips for iPads in Classroom We are starting our second year of having iPads in our elementary classrooms, our Title I CCJH classrooms, and some of our AJHS classrooms. We've created a list of tips for managing the equipment in our classrooms. Tip 1: Team decisions regarding equity Will you break the cart up across your grade level? Each of our carts has its own MacBook Air computers dedicated to your iPads. This list of tips is a good starting point, but I'm sure there are many items I've missed. What tips would you add to this list?

Wallpaper iPod touch with Numbers Update August 1, 2013: 12 new hi-res numbered backgrounds for iPads and iPods have been added. Check them out! When you've got a class set of iPod touches, it's important to number them. Not only should the device's name (set in iTunes) include its number, but the number should be visible somewhere on the device. Most schools are putting their iPods into protective cases, which is a great idea. An innovative way to identify iPods touches is to set the wallpaper image of each device to include its number. I've made three sets of images that you're welcome to use as wallpaper.

Heidisongs Resource: Tips for the One iPad Classroom, and a Free iPad Rules Download! Do you have an iPad in your classroom? Are you wondering how you can make use of it when there is only one device for all of your students to share? Well, never fear, I have tons of ideas for you right here, and a “Rules for the iPad” free download, too! And for those of you that may be new to my blog, this post focuses on using the iPad in the young children’s classroom, such as Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, etc. Before you get started using the iPad in any manner, make your expectations on how to use the device clear. Rules for the iPad: Carry the iPad with two hands. Sit down while using the iPad. Hold the iPad from the base, not the cover. No banging, slamming, or hitting the iPad. Share nicely and stop when your turn is over. I made a poster for the rules with picture cues to help the children, and I am sharing it with you here today! Be sure that you physically demonstrate how to share the tablet. Sand timers make it easy for little ones to share. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? [for additional ELA/Reading specific apps and ideas see Reading on the iPad] Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces. The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. If more iPads are in the future, you might want to check out iPad App Reviews and iPad 3C's: Some Planning Questions. Setup and Projection You will definitely need to set up a unique Apple ID (iTunes acct.) with a password that is kept secret from the students. OK - I have apps, now what can I do with them?