The Adventure Begins...
|10 Biggest Questions about iPads in the Classroom|
[Enter site #1 that helped me wrap my brain about iPad deployment in schools]
A collection of deployment guides and resources for schools including a presentation on the role of iPads in schools, Apple's VPP program, and integrating technology into instruction.
Initial roadblocks...1) iPads are designed to be unique and personalized for their users--the functionality of the iPad (synchronized email, contacts, calendars, apps, iTunes, etc.) does not transfer to school models where iPads are used by multiple students.
They are here!
Ummm...everything is plugged in, why aren't the dang things charging?
Two hours into our deployment day and we hadn't even started the iTunes process.
It's helpful when you have a working iTunes account.
How the heck do we get all of these tools to play nice?While waiting to hear back about iTunes, we read and re-read, and read again the directions on using Apple Configurator and the Bretford PowerSync cart. [Enter website #1 that saved my sanity].
Our iTunes delay did allow us to think about the profile we wanted to create for the devices. Apple Configurator not only allows you to upload and manage the content on the iPads, but it also allows you to enable and disable its features to create profiles. For example, the student profile we pushed out to all 30 iPads allows for use of Safari, the built in camera, and it is automatically connected to the Student wifi. Students cannot, however, change the wifi settings, delete or purchase apps, or access iCloud or photo stream. Nice!
While we are waiting...what ARE we going to put on these things?Thank goodness for Mme. Morgan's type A personality. The two of us split up and scoured blogs, Pinterest board, websites, and Twitter for lists of recommended apps for education.
[Enter in several more sites that helped us further explore iTunes and the world of apps]
apps organized by content area
apps organized by Bloom's taxonomy
Pinterest board for iPads in the classroom maintained by GCISD
Apple's own iPads in education page.
Finally, let's load these babies!
And the final product:
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