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Retrieving Pupil Work off iPads- June 2013 Blog Post

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I hope everyone who was on half-term last week had a relaxing break. I thought I would focus this month's blog post on an issue that faces every school using iPads: How to effectively gather the videos/documents that pupils are creating.

 

This is the one question I am always asked. With pupils using iPads to do everything from creating films, composing music and writing interactive ebooks, it is now no longer possible to always print off pupil work and staple it to a display board. With rumours that Apple will be announcing AirDrop for iPad next week at the WWDC conference, I thought it was a good time to round up the workflow solutions currently on offer for the iPad.

 

The Cloud
If the iPads are all connected to one Apple ID then you can use iCloud to access pupil work. This only really works with Pages, Numbers and Keynote. When pupils create a document then with iCloud turned on, it will push the document to all the other iPads connected to that Apple ID. This works to limited degree. I like the fact that you can access the documents from the web using iCloud.com but the whole thing is designed for the personal user and it restricted by storage size etc for education use.

Personally I feel that services like DropBox and Box are also designed for the personal user and I am slightly concerned about putting photos/videos of children on there because their terms and conditions are not designed for education. At school we use DropBox to send resources to pupils, like maps for geography and old photos for history. Google Drive also is popular in secondary education.

 

iTunes
When the iPad is plugged into iTunes, you can send documents from many apps, including GarageBand, Book Creator etc to iTunes using the sharing option. This works ok if you have a charge box that plugs all the iPads into the computer simultaneously but is quite time consuming compared to some of the other wireless options.

 

WebDav
This works by setting up a Mac as a Server by using Mountain Lion Server. You then put the server settings into each iPad and it allows pupils to save their iWork documents to a folder on the mac server. It also works with Explain everything app. I like this method but it is limited to the iWork apps so all photos/video will have to be out into apps like Pages and Keynote. There is also the Kanex MeDrive which I reviewed in a previous blog post.

 

Showbie and Edmodo
We began using Showbie in school in March and it works well. Teachers create an assignment name and and pupils use the Showbie app to drop documents/videos/photos etc to that assignment. Teachers can then use the app to view the file and give feedback to pupils. What I like about this is that firstly it works with the camera roll, iwork apps and apps such as Book Creator and Comic Life but it also works online too so pupils can add files from their computers at home to access at school or visa versa. Edmodo is similar but has a few more features designed for Secondary schools, such as quizzes.

 

QR Codes
More and more apps are enabling the user to upload the file to the web, such as My Story which is an ebook creator app that creates a web link for each book. QR codes can then be made with that link attached. These can be placed in newsletters and on displays so that parents can view pupil work on their smartphones.

 

So there you go, there are many options for sending files from iPad to another, such as InstaShare. The key is that there is no one size fits all. It very much depends on the size of the school, iPad deployment and policies. Have a good term and look out for an update to my book in late June and iPad training mornings in early July. www.ipadteachers.co.uk

 


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The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classroom

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The school has an unconventional take on the iPad’s purpose. The devices are not really valued as portable screens or mobile gaming devices. Teachers I talked to seemed uninterested, almost dismissive, of animations and gamelike apps. Instead, the tablets were intended to be used as video cameras, audio recorders, and multimedia notebooks of individual students’ creations. The teachers cared most about how the devices could capture moments that told stories about their students’ experiences in school. Instead of focusing on what was coming out of the iPad, they were focused on what was going into it.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:15 PM

Focusses on K-12 but there are some key insights that can extend into any learning context.

John Pearce's curator insight, April 17, 2013 2:27 AM

Yet another important read which makes the point that it's important "to recognize that it’s the adults and students around the iPads."

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Edu-Gadgetry - Is it a Panacea?

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"If communication does not happen in a vacuum, neither does magic. As many know,iPads have become one of the most recent panacea to the many woes in education. From primary education to higher education, iPads are being introduced in classrooms. What do they fulfill?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:41 PM

This post explores iPads and how they are used in classrooms, noting that "hey will not magically increase learner engagement if learners are not themselves motivated to learn, nor can they be used in the same way in all educational contexts." Patras goes on to discuss mobile learning, again raising questions such as "...doesn’t there need to be a differentiation among the educational levels and environments in order that the use of the tool better fits the needs and demands of learners?" (In this question she is referring to iPads as the tool.)

At the end she provides she looks provides the table (image above) that shows the difference between Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, the directions she says we are moving. What are your thoughts?

Bryan A. Sonda Piña's curator insight, March 26, 2013 6:45 PM

I guess this process will take time to be a reality

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14 Ways To Store And Share Files On The iPad | educational technology for teachers

14 Ways To Store And Share Files On The iPad | educational technology for teachers | BYOD iPads | Scoop.it

iPads are neat little devices that can pretty much do it all: play music, support interactive content, reshape how we think of textbooks, produce high-quality videos, and even take a step back and function as a good old-fashioned typewriter.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:34 PM

I have a first edition iPad.  It took me awhile to realize that the only way I could get a file onto the iPad was to get the original file into the cloud from another computer. I wish I had read this article when I first got my machine! 

Hope Kennedy's curator insight, February 25, 2013 1:07 PM

I think some teachers worry about sharing files.  This might be a solution

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How is the iPad mini being used?

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Portable and less pricey, Apple's little tablet still seeks its business niche—and is finding some surprising takers.

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iPad Research in Schools - Use and Impact of the iPad

iPad Research in Schools - Use and Impact of the iPad | BYOD iPads | Scoop.it

An in-depth study that took place in Scotland, looking at "issues associated with the deployment of personal mobile devices as tools for teaching and learning."
Four themes were identified:

* How tablet devices impacted teaching and learning?

* Leadership and management issues

* Parental engagement

* Professional development and learning for teachers

The post lists six headlines from the study, including (quoting):

* The adoption of mobile technologies on a personal basis significantly increases access to technology for students, both inside and beyond school, with many attendant benefits for learning which include greater motivation, engagement, parental involvement, and understanding of complex ideas.

 * Teachers are equally engaged by the use of a device like the iPad which has a low learning curve enabling them to use it immediately as a teaching tool and a learning tool for themselves.

For more information click through to the article. To download the report you will need to go a link at the end of the articles "iPad Scotland Evaluation."


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5 Things Not To Do During an iPad Rollout -- THE Journal

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K-12 teachers and administrators pinpoint five different areas that schools should be aware of when rolling out iPad initiatives.
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 30 iPad Tips and Tricks

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via @TDOttawa


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Essential iPad Articles and Sites - High School iPad/iPhone Teacher Resources


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John Purificati's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:48 AM

A good place to find iPad and iPhone school resources.

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Debunking six common concerns that may cause schools to shy away from iPads | iSource

Debunking six common concerns that may cause schools to shy away from iPads | iSource | BYOD iPads | Scoop.it
As the principal of a school looking to upgrade the technology available to students a couple of years ago, we faced the dilemma of going the traditional route

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How To Use Your iPad As A Digital Whiteboard

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iPads are terrifc for apps and reading, but here's a few simple ways to use your iPad as a digital whiteboard with ease!

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Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

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"Meaghan Roper, a junior at Burlington High School, shares a similar story with the iPad. When Meaghan was six years old, she was diagnosed with a visual impairment. In the eighth grade, she started to notice a decline in her vision. She sought out surgery to repair or delay her vision decline, and while successful, the procedure did not hold for very long.

 

A Transformative Experience

 

Meaghan recalls her first moments with the iPad and how she and her liaison discovered the variety of new opportunities that this one device presented. One of the first things she used was the ability to invert the colors of the screen. The iPad gives users the opportunity to read predominantly black text on a lighter screen, or to invert the colors and overlay white text on a black screen. This one feature, Meaghan recalls, was "transformative" in her learning of what the iPad could offer her educational experience.

 

Apps for Every Need

 

In Meaghan's day-to-day operation of the iPad, she uses several applications to manage her content. It doesn't take her too many apps to get through her school day. She's thankful that, along with transitioning to the iPad, Burlington also married the Google Apps for Education suite with this device. She finds ease in accessing Google Docs from multiple devices and knowing that her work will always be safe, secure and not dependent on a machine's functionality."

 

Read more about how Meaghan uses apps to support her learning!

 

 

 


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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:46 PM

Through the use of assistive technology special needs students are able to learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively, and in their lives beyond school in the 21st century.

 

The blog following blog by Andrew Marcinek, Instructional Technology Specialist, writes about how iPads are being used as assistive devices. He describes the iPad as a opening for many, showing the potential of the iPad as an assistive technology and how it can change learning for students with impairments. Andrew writes about meaghan and how she used the iPad and applications throughout her schooling. Its worth a read.

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Overview and results of an iPad Project (tertiary) - Ethos Community

Overview and results of an iPad Project (tertiary) - Ethos Community | BYOD iPads | Scoop.it
A great video if you are thinking of using iPads with students...and would like to know some possible reactions beforehand!
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