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A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School

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. If you’re a new convert, getting started and downloading apps is a relatively painless experience. 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. Step one is to get your iPads updated to iOS 5.1 and turn on supervision. Related:  School Deployment

A Better Interactive Whiteboard: an iPad and the Apple TV | Tech Savvy Teachers Presented at ISTE 2012 The Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) promised a rich learning experience, but the reality of classroom use has, by in large, not lived up to its billing. An IWB has a natural bent towards “sage on stage” style teaching, and while some teachers do use it constructively, IWB use tends to reinforce a teacher transmitting information to the class. Technology is disruptive, and the AirPlay feature between an iPad 2 or later and an AppleTV has to have IWB manufacturers concerned. Not only can the iPad replace all of the functions of an IWB, but it brings so many more options. HDMI to VGA Adapters The AppleTV is primarily a home-entertainment device, and uses HDMI-out. 3 Taps is all it takes to mirror your iPad Double-tap the home button (or four finger swipe up if multitouch gestures are on) Swipe to the right. Select the AirPlay icon and choose mirroring for the AppleTV you wish to connect IWB vs. Teacher All class members

iPad Resistance Is Futile « There is no box An Ask Andrew Reply: Fellow #ubermix aficionado and CETPA Certified CTO @_NOD55 asks, “I’m buying 50 iPads. Now what?” iPad2 or “The New” iPad. Buy the 10-Packs. For your shared classroom environment, the exact environment iPads are not designed for, you are going to need secure classroom storage. You can’t MacGyver your way out of setup and management however. If you want to use profiles to manage the iPads over the air after you’ve released them into the wild and you don’t want to spend a fortune on 3rd Party MDM solutions, you’ll also need a Mac Mini Server running the Lion Server OS (Mountain Lion is around the corner, plan for the cost of the OS upgrade). Apps. Buy some extra iPads. Get a good case. Your wireless better be rock solid. Get your teachers iPads. Profesional Development, Professional Development, Professional Development. The sea has receded from the shoreline. Like this: Like Loading...

10 incredible iPad apps for education Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging. The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students. Evernote It seems wherever you look nowadays, there’s Evernote. ➤ Evernote Price: Free Paper Winner at the 2012 Apple Design Awards for Best iPad app, Paper has taken creativity of app development to new heights. ➤ Paper Goodreader You could be forgiven for thinking Goodreader as just as a PDF reader for the iPad. Price: $4.99 Bamboo Paper – Notebook ➤ Bamboo Paper – Notebook iA Writer ➤ iA Writer Price: $0.99

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World 10 Ways To Become A Better Online Learner 7.76K Views 0 Likes There are some quick and easy ways to become a better online learner. Whether you're taking a class or just researching, here are the DOs and DON'Ts. The 11 Best Online Colleges By Category 2.77K Views 0 Likes What are the best online colleges for each discipline? The 5 Biggest Myths About Online Learning 3.17K Views 0 Likes Online learning can carry a stigma. 8 Typing Tips for iPad and iPhone That Everyone Should Know and Use Learning to type well on the touchscreen keyboards in iOS that we all use on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can take some time. To speed that process up and improve touch typing, here are a handful of great tips to make typing on iOS virtual keys much easier and faster. Some of these you’ll probably know and perhaps already use, and some you probably won’t, but all are very worthwhile to learn and master. 1. Tapping and holding on many normal letters will reveal their special character versions instead. 2. iOS lets you set shortcuts to automatically expand to larger blocks of text or words. Open Settings and tap “General” followed by “Keyboard”Tap “Add New Shortcut” and enter the full phrase and then the shortcut, followed by “Save” 3. Unlike a traditional keyboard, the iOS virtual keyboards are very forgiving. 4. This is a sequence that makes typing in iOS so much easier that it should be required learning for all iPhone and iPad users. Tap and hold on the “.? 5. 6. 7. 8.

5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout 1-to-1 Programs | Feature 5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout K-12 teachers and administrators pinpoint five different areas that schools should be aware of when rolling out iPad initiatives. By Bridget McCrea07/25/12 There's no shortage of iPad rollouts in the K-12 space right now. Here are five things that you shouldn't do during an iPad rollout. 1. Haggard said she uses a similar organizational approach with daily assignments, knowing that her young students will be most productive when given specific tasks to complete on their tablets. 2. Wiecking, HPA's energy lab director, said getting students away from games like Angry Birds and engaged in educational projects on their iPads isn't always easy. "It's about students being engaged and on task," said Wiecking. 3. "This is not a network-friendly device," said Nagler. Nagler said the problem has grown as more devices were distributed and as more teachers recognized the limitation. 4.

The iPad Classroom: End of term report The iPad Classroom I have been lucky enough to be involved with several schools who have rolled out varying combinations of iPads and iPods. End of term is a good time to do some evaluation of the impact of the iPad classroom on learning & teaching. Engagement: The biggest impact has been in the engagement of pupils. Behaviour: I have blogged about this before, but pupil behaviour improves in classrooms when the iPods or iPads are available. Independence: With ease of access to information, pupils have become much more independent learners, who choose to find out the answers to their questions themselves, and not rely on the teacher for all the answers. Personalised learning: As pupils become more independent learners, they are unknowingly also personalising their learning and taking it in the direction that they want to. Collaboration: IT has been a very solitary experience. Assessment: There are some great apps that provide instant feedback to pupils. Breadth of Curriculum: The ICT suite:

39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom Pages - Menu This Blog Linked From Here Sites to Follow Friday, October 7, 2011 39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom How Much Did Steve Jobs Change the World? 5 Great iPad Apps For Early Childhood Teachers10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have- from PC Magazine10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom40 iPad Apps Librarians Love40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students50+ iPad Apps By a Geography Teacher62 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom100 Incredibly Useful and Free iPad AppsBest Academic Reference Apps for the iPad- some $$, some freeA Day in the Life of the iPad ClassroomThe Debate Over iPads in EducationDigital Storytelling with the iPad Posted by Julie Greller at 7:24 AM Labels: ipads, ipads in the classroom, using ipads in the classroom Newer PostOlder PostHome

Find What App is Using Location Services & Draining Battery Life in iOS You can tell if Location Services is being used on an iPhone or iPad because a little purple arrow icon appears in the upper right corner of the menubar in iOS. If you’ve never paid attention to this before, it matters because when Location Services are being used it can drain your battery much faster than usual, this is because the app determining your location is constantly using network activity and GPS to pinpoint your coordinates and, usually, report it back to the apps servers. If you see that purple location services arrow pop up and you have no idea what app u Here is how to quickly determine which app is using Location Services, and potentially draining your iOS devices battery life: Open “Settings” and tap on “Location Services”Scroll through the app list until you see the app name with the purple arrow alongside it, it will be located next to the ON switchFlip this app to OFF if you want to disable location services for that app Nice tip idea from LifeHacker

iPad 1:1 Means Freezer Bags, Charging Stations and Lots of Cases | Terice T. Schneider's Digital Home At South Belton Middle School where we issue an iPad 2 to every student, we have discovered that protecting the device requires forethought and a couple of extras. Our wonderful instructional facilitator, Kevin Rasco, realized on the first rainy day that our kids who walk home might have wet iPads by the time they reached their destination. Quick thinking and a trip to our local Walmart with a few bucks had teachers and administrators handing out plastic freezer bags to students as they left the building. The covered iPads fit neatly inside, and the grateful students headed off without a care. Additionally, you need a few extra cases on hand. The best case scenario is that when a student has an accident of some sort and drops the iPad, the case takes the hit and leaves the iPad untouched. Finally, you’ll need extra chargers for the iPads. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what we have learned and how we plan to improve upon what we have done so far. Like this:

One iPad in the classroom One iPad in the classrooom You may be lucky enough to have one iPad in the classroom, but unlucky enough not to have access to a class set. Here are 10 free ideas to help you and your pupils get the very best out of the one iPad in the classroom. Control your classroom computer: There are many apps that will allow your iPad to become a wireless keyboard and mouse, allowing you to teach from anywhere in the classroom, or give your pupils control of the class computer from their desk. Air Mouse you will need to install some (free) software on your laptop/desktop computer Note Taking Use smartNote to make classroom notes. You can also use the Notes app for notetaking. Get More Ideas Here Mobile or Static Visualiser If you have access to Apple TV, use your iPad as a mobile visualiser and share work on the board from anywhere in the classroom. Class Pets Rather than have a class pet, have a class Dinosaur Farm with Doodle Dino Farm. Share ideas Collaborate Story Making & Telling A Globe or Google Earth

Be an iPad Superstar: 8 Collections of iOS 5 Tips Just when I think I know a lot of about Apple's iOS, someone shows me a clever feature, setting, or shortcut I've never seen before. Since Apple doesn't include a printed manual, it's up to us as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users to find our own ways of learning these tips. I'd like to share eight links with tips to help us get the most of our iOS devices. The Always Current iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide from Mac|Life 50 Really Useful iPad Tips and Tricks from TechRadar 40+ Super Secret iPad Features and Shortcuts from AppStorm Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed Up Typing on an iPhone or iPad from Digital Inspiration The Complete List of iPad Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials from How-To Geek 10 Useful Apple iPad Tips and Tricks from Mashable iPad Tricks and Tips from Redlands College Fifty iOS 5 Tips in Five Minutes from CNET UK

Considerations Before Deploying iPads and iPods Home > Uncategorized > Considerations Before Deploying iPads and iPods Before schools and districts go on a mass purchasing spree of iPads and iPods, there are a few infrastructure considerations before sending the purchase order. While I am a strong advocate of using the tablet in the classroom, there should be some strategic deployment plans before putting it in the hands of students. Rather than sounding as the expert, I have decided to format the considerations through questions I would ask before purchasing. This list by no means fits everyone’s model, but will hopefully serve as a guideline to planning out iPad/iPod/tablet/mobile device deployments. Thanks! Infrastructure: Do you have enough wireless bandwidth to sustain dense populations of mobile devices? Academic: How do the iPods and iPads align with your curriculum? Like this: Like Loading...

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