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Tips for iPads in Classroom

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? Related:  Classroom Management

What To Do with App Creations - 4 #iPad Education Apps Export Options #NAI2012 #iste12 In trying to solve the question of how to get products created in "sandbox'd" iPad education apps, colleague Mary Ray and I started a table outlining the ways that various education apps could export data out of them. Below is a preliminary table with a few apps...undoubtedly, more apps could be added. Based on that table, I wondered how hard would it be to automate "turning in" of app creations to places that would be easy for the teacher to look. For me, the goal is to identify common paths teachers and students can take to facilitate exporting of data. For example, since it's clear that most apps will export via email, what are some of the best ways to handle that? There are various ways to get app creations via email. Send it to yourself and/or your teacher via email. Pretty nifty, huh? Export Options for iPad Education AppsCompiled by Mary Ray and Miguel Guhlin; 6/25/2012 Get Blog Updates via Email!

iPad Rules for the Elementary Classroom - Brom Online v3.0 I wrote these rules after using iPads with elementary students for a month and a half. I wanted the rules to be concise enough that they'd be remembered, but comprehensive enough that they'd cover major areas of concern. As each class signs out the iPad cart for the first time, students are familiarized with the rules. These rules are consistent across all classes to prevent confusion and misunderstandings. *iPad rules are attached as a PDF at the bottom of this post* Tech Classroom Management Tips - Forrestville Valley Instructional Technology Department iPads for Literacy & Learning resource for teachers "The real problem is not adding technology to the current organization of the classroom, but changing the culture of teaching and learning.” - Alan November My colleague Nicole Sprainger, has created an iBook "iPads for Literacy & Learning" which has been developed to assist K-10 teachers in utilising the iPad in their classroom literacy learning programs. It recognises that our students live in an increasingly sophisticated and media-rich society, in which digital texts are ubiquitous. Our students need therefore to become multiliterate - to be critical consumers of digital media texts. They also need to develop the ability to construct new knowledge, communicating their own ideas and information by composing using digital tools and processes. "It is my hope that you and your students will embrace some of the wonderful learning opportunities afforded by access to an iPad and the amazing range of apps on offer. Click on the image to download the iBook from Dropbox via your iPad.

dotEPUB — download any webpage as an e-book Introducing School-Wide Digital Citizenship Practices with iPads An elementary school in our district recently got 30 iPads and asked for some advice implementing them with students and teachers. In addition to suggesting some starter apps, I recommended that we have conversations with kids around the appropriate use of these devices. While almost every child has used an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, the exciting learning opportunities these mobile, Internet-connected, media creation devices create also open the door to new challenges. Cyberbullying or inappropriate web publishing happens more through the camera than regular computer use does; the mobility of the device combined with the reality that multiple users are using the device with no personalized, password-protected, network-tracked accounts makes it more challenging to keep track of who is doing what with the device or that the device itself is safe. Rather than tell the students how they should and should not use iPads, I felt compelled to involve the students in the conversation.

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. Without the proper preparation, technology initiatives are liable to become expensive failures. 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.

Quick iPad Management Tips! Here are some helpful hints for your classroom iPad device management: - If you want to see what recent apps your students were using (to make sure they were on task, etc.) - simply double click on the home button (the only button on the face of the iPad) and a dock will appear. This dock lists the apps that were opened in chronological order (with the most recent being the one farthest to the left). - If you want to multi-task between several apps, you can double click the home button from within an app and tap an app from the bar below. This app is still "running" and therefore none of your progress will be lost. (This is helpful if students are filling out an exit ticket and want to switch screens to look up a word, or use a calculator -- when they switch back to Safari, their form will not have reloaded and they can continue from where they left off.) - If your students are accidentally deleting apps: Go to the settings, tap "General", then tap "Restrictions".

Back to School App-pack The image above was created using PhotoshopTouch on an iPad and was then uploaded to Thinglink to create the hotspots. The summer is quickly winding down & a number of teachers will be returning to their classroom with new mobile devices (iPads). Throughout the summer I have been conducting workshops on iPad integration with EdTechTeacher and I thought it might be helpful to pull together a back to school list of apps structured around specific classroom goals. I want my students to create & publish video: iMovie (4.99) - record, edit and publish movies directly to the web from iMovie. I want my students to respond to polls / take quizzes: Socrative (teacher & student app - free) - This free platform allows for teachers to create and begin quizzes directly from an iPad. I want my students to edit images:Skitch (free) - An extremely easy and intuitive image editing app allows you to insert shapes, arrows and text on any image that is saved to the iPad camera roll.

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1 Clearly there is a lot of buzz around iPads in schools at the moment. You can’t log on to the Web without reading about another school or entire district or department investing massive coin in a sparkling set of the Wonder Tablets, excited that they will cure all the ills of the current education systems around the world. From reading my blog, you would be no doubt convinced that I am very much in this Pro-iPad camp. Make no mistake I am. However, no matter how versatile and potentially powerful a product the iPad is, it is merely an extremely expensive placemat without creative, well planned teaching behind its use. Before committing to an iPad implementation of any size, schools need to thoroughly think through how these technological marvels are going to enhance the teaching and learning process. Its about Teaching and Learning, not iPads The kind of shift in learning the iPad (and other tablets) can initiate is dependent on good teaching practice and preparation. NEXT POST – Writing

Review and Guide On How To Use Dropbox on iPhone and iPad Ever wish you were able to throw your external hard drive up to the clouds and be able to access it on your iPad and iPhone (among other devices)? That’s basically what Dropbox does, and does well. With Dropbox you are able to have all of your pictures, documents, and videos accessible from anywhere, anytime. Further ExplanationThe easiest way to understand the concept behind the app is to liken it to a hard drive on your Computer. Account ManagementIn order to use Dropbox, you will need to create an account. File ManagementSo you have your files, photos, and videos stored in your Dropbox account and your ready to open and use them. Uploading to DropboxHead over to the Upload section and click + to choose Photos and Videos to place into this folder. OverviewWith Apple building more and more cloud functionality into their ecosystem, solutions like Dropbox are continuing to struggle to differentiate themselves.

Configurator: Using Volume Purchase Program (VPP) Redemption Codes Apple Configurator can install free apps from the iTunes Store and enterprise apps that have embedded provisioning profiles. It can only install paid apps from the iTunes Store when you import a spreadsheet of valid Volume Purchase Program (VPP) redemption codes downloaded from the VPP portal by a registered VPP program facilitator or authorized purchaser. The Volume Purchase Program is only available to eligible education and business users in certain countries. If you are not eligible for a Volume Purchase Program, you cannot use Apple Configurator to install paid apps from the App Store, but you can still use all other functions of Apple Configurator. Purchasing VPP apps Purchase VPP apps on the Mac where you will run Apple Configurator. If you use the same spreadsheet on more than one computer running Apple Configurator, codes that are deployed on one computer will not be available on others. Adding apps to Apple Configurator Installing apps to devices Removing apps from devices

Some iPad Management Tips, Part 2! We have FINALLY gotten cases for our iPad 2s! Hooray! In honor of these new accessories, I wanted to share some quick iPad management tips with everyone: 1 - Color code your iPad cases for easy 1:1 access We have 5 students at each table and have assigned each seat a color. 2- Create desktop backgrounds to show numeration The cases cover the backs - where we originally had numerated stickers showing which iPad was which. I did it this way - rather than creating the image on the iPad - for two reasons. 3 - Create shortcuts to frequently visited sites (Study Island, Class Google Site, etc) Open your iPad's Safari app and type in the URL of the site that you'd like to visit. 4 - Create differentiated folders for apps Group your apps into folders based on level. 5 - Try "Send to Dropbox" Instead of flooding your inbox with student work emails every day, try Send to Dropbox, a site that allows your students to send to a generated address which dumps files into your dropbox folder.