The Top 5 iPad Apps Being Used In Classrooms Right Now So you’re about to roll out a fleet of iPads in your classroom. Or perhaps you’ve finally gotten at least one. Either way, you’re going to want to install some apps at some point. While we don’t recommend pre-installing any paid apps (read more about that in the upcoming August issue of the Edudemic Magazine), we do think it’s worth knowing about the most popular iPad apps being used in actual classrooms around the world. We worked with INTO to figure out which apps they’re seeing in classrooms around the world right now. TED (Free) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? Penultimate ($.99) What is it? What’s good about it? iStudiez Pro ($.99) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? iTunes U (Free) View In App Store What is it? What’s good about it? iA Writer ($.99) What is it? What’s good about it? INTO University Partnerships provide preparation courses for international students who want to study a degree in the UK, US or China.
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. 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...
Gifting an App How to gift an app from your master iPad account. As a individual consumer with an iTunes account you would normally buy one app and load it onto all of your iOS devices. As a school you need to ensure that you buy one app per device to ensure that you do not break the iTunes licensing agreement. The situation is even more complicated if you are using the device with multiple users, but that's another story. There are three or four viable ways you can do this, each of them have their advantages and pitfalls. Volume LicensingiTunes CardsStudent ManagedGifting Apps Gifting apps is one method I had not thought to use in an educational setting. Having said that many teacher don't want the hassle of managing the devices. A simple how-to for gifting apps. Your master account is simply the account you nominate as the MAIN account for the school. On your iPad tap the App Store app and select Purchased apps from the list of icons at the bottom of the screen.
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. Used across all grade levels and subject areas the devices are adored for their portability, battery life, connectivity, and ability to quickly put mobile technology into students' hands. 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. 4.
What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen. During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year. Around this time last summer, BHS had roughly one thousand iPads ready to roll out to all students. The anticipation was great, the waters uncharted. During the 2011-2012 school year, we, the IT department and the teachers charted a course that led us to many exciting discoveries as well as many learning experiences. NOTE: When I say "we" from here on out, I am referring to Dennis Villano, Director of Instructional Technology for Burlington Public Schools; Patrick Larkin, Principal of Burlington High School: Bob Cunha, IT for BPS; Jose DeSousa, IT for BPS; John Allegreto, IT for BPS; and Tim Calvin and myself, Instructional Technologists at BHS. The Launch When you unfold such a large-scale initiative as giving every student an iPad, you tend to overthink everything. Learning As We Go Embrace Patience
Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: Lexie Flickinger By Matt Levinson As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks to find information about best practices and smooth, streamlined service. Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:
New approach to geometry takes shape with iPads in schools Holly Blocker’s geometry students at Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High School bring to class compasses, rulers and protractors. This year, they’re also carrying iPads. The school, like several others in the area, launched a one-to-one program this year, and is providing tablet computers to each of its 125 students to use both in the classroom and at home. Educators say the devices enhance classroom learning and also encourage students to become familiar with technology they will use later in life. N.E.W. Students also use the iPad to take pictures of formulas she’s written on the board which they can refer to later while doing homework. “It really is such a great resource,” Blocker said. School staff discussed ways to use the technology, and principal Chris Nelson said use varies between classrooms. Blocker, for example, expects about half of math tests will be done on the iPad and half with traditional pencil and paper. “Math is about training the brain,” she said.
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. 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 What’s in a Name? Update
Using iPads With Mixed-Ability Students, Teachers Must 'Give Up Some Control' Mobile Learning | Feature Using iPads With Mixed-Ability Students, Teachers Must 'Give Up Some Control' By Kim Fortson09/12/12 The power in today's classroom, according to Amanda Allen and David Lopez, who introduced iPads to their Los Angeles school, is no longer in the teacher's hands. In 2010, when Allen and Lopez helped to pioneer the implementation of 1-to-1 iPads at St. "Technology is too powerful not to use," said Allen, a primary school teacher at the time. St. A Control Issue Allen and Lopez both note that the iPads allowed teachers to cater to mixed ability students, or students of multiple learning levels, with varying learning styles, at the same time. "The biggest challenge was giving up some of the control and being OK with the fact that it might not go perfect the first time, but knowing that we were going to figure it out," Allen said. To achieve these outcomes, both Allen and Lopez gave their students great freedom in the way the tablets were used.
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.
5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use . EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration. While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them. 1) Focusing on content apps The most common mistake teachers make with iPads is focusing on subject-specific apps. It simply didn’t occur to him use the VoiceThread app to record his students speaking Latin, or perhaps create a collaborative discussion of Cicero. And we don’t introduce a single subject app. 2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads It doesn’t.
7 Policy Tips for deploying iPads in the classroom 7 Policy Tips for deploying iPads in the classroom Posted by Ashley Wainwright on Fri, Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:16 PM Schools around the world are embracing all the benefits of these new mobile devices like iPads. It’s important for schools to stay up-to-date with technology to help provide the best education to their students. The iPad has become an excellent learning tool that students and teachers alike adore. Here’s a list of 7 key tips to help make deploying iPads and other mobile devices into the school wireless network a lot smoother process. Tip #1) Let the teacher have them first. If y ou don’t give the teachers the iPads first and give them some time to use them before giving them to the students you are making a huge mistake. Tip #2) It’s ok to take baby steps. Some teachers and administrator may be very eager to start using the iPad in all these great creative ways in the classroom, but others might find this idea quite daunting. Tip # 3) Come with a strategy for sharing content. staff.
What Students Can Actually DO With An iPad Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad? So last week, in preparing for the New England Reading Association Conference and the NYSCATE Mobile Learning Summit , I decided to change my approach. However, before addressing that question, I asked not only WHY iPads but WHY Technology ? I want my students to communicate in complex and modern ways. What does this tangibly look like in the classroom? I want my students to demonstrate their knowledge of the parts of a story. Learning Objectives: In addition to learning the story elements, students learn… To write a constructive review To assess the credibility of an author or source To create a sense of visual hierarchy for their information To document their sources Project: Book Posters – students create a movie-style poster to advertise their book.