iPads are Integrated

Our iPads are now integrated into every classroom.  Activities to enhance learning are our main use of the iPads with creative apps our featured apps on the iPads.  This blog about iPads has been replaced by the elearning blog however it remains here as some other schools implememnting iPads come here for information about setting up iPads. Thanks for taking the time to look here at our original iPad blog.

iPads finally have an owner

Finally after much waiting for the iPads and new cases we have been able to allocated every student an iPad. Now that each student has a dedicated iPad and not a shared iPad we should see a lot more care taken with them.

Our information nights have been well attended with now up to 86% of families attending. The rest will be seen for an interview in the coming weeks. Once each family has been up to school and signed the responsible use policy the the iPads can go home over night and at the weekends.

The teachers sigh a sigh of relief as the iPads, when there are 50 take some sorting to keep charged and secure. The students can finally share their
learning with their families. Many have already begun creating presentations at home about themselves or their passions without direction by teachers.

The students have been reminded to keep their iPads in their bags on the way home and to school. There is a temptation to get them out and play while waiting out the front in street view and in the playground which we do not allow.

Voice recording of reading has been a popular activity of the students also at home.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

100 Apps a Starter

I have spent the last week cooking iPads for the grade 3/4 students. That means I’ve been syncing them to one backup and in fact restoring to a backup of an iPad that was all set up with everything including an email address. To sync from an existing backup you press the control key when hovering over the iPad name in iTunes, then you can select restore from backup and select the iPad.  Once the restore is done you may need to rename the ipad so you can identify it in iTunes when you have multiple iPads charging etc. Passwords for email and wifi seem to need to be put in on every iPad although the accounts are there.

I have included a list of 100 of the apps that I have put onto the iPads as a startup set of apps.  They have been sorted into type – reference, creative, drill, game, presentation, assessment, collaborative, sharing and activity (where you use the ipad to measure, record, direct etc for and activity)

Sorry, but unfortunately I havent hyperlinked the apps for you but a simple search in iTunes should find most of these apps.  I’m sure you have many of these already.  I wonder what happens when apps are no longer in the app store?

One of the greatest features of our trial was the students being able to think about their learning and find an app that would help them learn and then share it of course.  This personalised their learning and empowered their learning. So we will be allowing students to search for apps and if they are free they’ll be able to download them.

In app purchasing has been turned off in restrictions as has YouTube and the app rating has been set to 4+.

100 Apps, a start

Would I like a syncing cart? Oh yes! Remember you still need to buy an app licence for every iPad and this can be done by gifting the app to all the iTunes accounts. Yes you need an iTunes account for every iPad because we don’t have volume purchasing in Australia, yet.  I wonder if we ever will have volume purchasing in Australia?


Smiling faces

Today I decided (we ) to use the iPads with the students even though they aren’t all here yet. Some students happily shared and worked together.

First we learned how to turn them on when they were really off and not just asleep. Next we went into settings and named our iPad, (ipad08) after that we attempted to add a new email account, a gmail account. This worked for some but was a great test of our wifi with over 40 ipads at once. A new wifi base station will be put in on Monday. Lastly we looked at maps and found our school. Then went down to street level and looked around and found our own houses. Of course we also took a screen shot for later use.

Yes that was enough for this session with 53 grade 3/4 students. Then we had to put some onto charge and I thought it will be so good when they get to take them home and charge them at home. Where are the power boards?


iPads iPods all the same family

We also have over 30 iPods at Epsom Primary and these are used in the grade p-2 classes. So it has been my job to update them to the latest software available. I thought I would use xCode however I had to find out what version of software was needed for each iPod as we have gen 2,3 and 4 iPods. In hindsight I should have plugged into iTunes and it would say what was available and which ones were already updated as much as they could be done.

My first problem was that they were all very flat and had to be charged for quite some time. I made sure when they were charged that they were turned completely off to preserve the battery power.

I think I’ll just start again and plug them in to iTunes and see what is needed as I didn’t get far on my first attempt.


A new beginning

We are now ready to give out the iPads to eager grade 3/4 students. To prepare and roll over the iPads for new students we have retained the iTunes accounts and changed the pass words. Each iTunes account will be used by the same iPad. I have also created new iTunes accounts for the new iPads we are ordering.

The iPads have all been updated to iOS5 from 4.2 and 4.3 for most. This was very quick and here is a post by Palmbeach to help you use xCode. xCode is a download from the Mac App store and needs OS 10.7 to run.


Printing from the iPads and iDevices to the Photo Copier

AirprintUsusally I don’t encourage printing as I would rather encourage students to publish their work on line either in the ultranet or via blogs.

But occassionally you would like to print out a sign or a card to give someone so I have asked my tech to investigate this. Of course it was easy and in two steps we now can print wirelessly to the photocopier from all idevices. (ipods, ipads and iphones)

Here are the two steps to follow
1. Download and install Bonjour onto your print server http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999

2. Download and install Airprint onto your print server http://www.filedude.com/download/1RW7QuQJW1fc11bb13a6

Make sure the printers you intend to use are using a Postscript driver not PCL.

Hope this works where you are. Previously to this the students would email me their work and then I would print as I have access to the printer.

The posters we have created are to advetise our spaces we are creating in the Ultranet which is our State Government’s student management and learning system.

Collaborating and sharing files

DropboxLast week we investigated using Dropbox on the iPads so we could hand in and share work.  Before working with the students I had already created a dropbox account for the class.  We are going to share that drop box.

So in class –

First we downloaded the dropbox app.  Next students shared a photo or screen shot they had taken.  We do have an iPod Touch with a camera and use duplicam for students to get a photo on their iPads along with the hundreds of photos available on our school intranet Photo Gallery. Then we discovered that you need to select the photos folder first and then upload the photo.  It is very easy as you tap the camera icon and are sent to your photo gallery.  It couldn’t be easier. So that had photos covered but how can we put keynotes or anything not an image into dropbox?


After some googling I found sendtodropbox.com

This allows you to send an attachment to dropbox via email and we all know that many apps allow you to share via email.  So this will easily allow the students to share and hand in work plus be organised into folders.

By adding the dropbox account details into sendtodropbox you are then given an email address to use to sendto.  The part I liked was that you can set it up so that the subject of the email becomes a folder or looks for a folder with that name to put the attachment into.  You could have the students put their name in the subject and then they would have their own folder or you could put the topic in the subject and that would be the folder.  As long as the attachment is properly saved with topic and student name.

I found that students weren’t naming their keynotes and just leaving them as presentation 2 etc.  So another skill has been learnt and sharing has begun.  Sharing work to have others add to will also be a use of the dropbox folders.  I sent our timetable and now all students have it in their iBooks.  It was sent as a PDF file.

I think dropbox will have some great uses  and it will be interesting to see how it goes for space as we are allowed 2gb per account.  Perhaps the shared folder will be used in the future also. I am yet to find out about the shared folders capabilities.  Do you use dropbox? If you have any ideas please share them as I would love to know how others are using dropbox in the classroom. Teachers can view the files and add comments then students can look again and read comments etc and make changes if necessary.

Of course you can get dropbox on your laptop, desktop and phones so student work can be accessed everywhere/anytime.

Updating iOS and syncing

Last week the new iOs 4.3 was released so I thought we should all update our ipads.  The download is close to 600mbs which too big for wireless to drag down x20 at a time.  So we connected via ethernet and 6 students began downloading the required update. Once the students had logged in to their users on the network they then connected the iPad and selected update in iTunes on the info window.  As downloading began they were looking at over 30 mins to download and so we had to leave them running and come back later.  This was going to take too long.

So plan 2 was put into operation which was used last year to update software.  Once the download is complete the download file can be used by others to update without syncing to different iTunes libraries or downloading the iOS. The file is located in the users library/iTunes/ipad updates/update file.  The file can be copied onto an external drive or onto a shared drive for easy access.

Then the other students who want to use the file login and connect their iPad.  Once iTunes opens it will tell them there is an update available.  They can then hold the option key while they select update.  A browser window will open wanting to find the file.  Students then navigate to the file and boom!  It installs very quickly not like the original download. This process can also be used for the iPods.

We had a student volunteer to update as many ipads for others as he could that afternoon.  So it could actually be done from one account to many iPads.  As it is a free download I can’t see there being any issues with this.

It was interesting as one of the original students who was installing the update disconnected her iPad before it finished and then had an iPad that wanted to connect to iTunes as when new image on the iPad.  Luckily she had backed up to her account and it could be restored from the backup.  A great example of why we backup.