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Managing SD34 iPads with Airwatch

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A/ Device Dashboard

  1. The Device Dashboard is a good place to start when checking up on
    your iPads. Bookmarking it would be a good idea.
    Devices>Dashboard
  2. From here you can see if any iPads are not connected to the network. In the screenshot below you will see that 4 devices have not connected to the internet for more than 20 days.

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All About Updates

iOS Updates

Since iOS 9 iOS devices have a much more aggressive update procedure. Several days after an update has become available, Apple sends notifications that make it difficult NOT to update. There are very good reasons for this approach, including patching security holes and other issues that affect iOS device functions. So what to do at your school?

When the current user is presented with the Software Update screen, they should tap on the “Later” option, to which you’ll be presented with two options:

Choose “Install Tonight” – this will install the update automatically between 2AM and 4AM assuming the device is connected to wi-fi and a power source.

This will make a big difference in keeping your iPads running smoothly without the hassle of an interruption during the school day.

Automatic App Updates

Enabling iPads to update their Apps automatically:

  1. App Downloads needs to be ON in Settings=>iTunes & App Store

  2. Your iPad restrictions profile needs to Allow installing public apps.

NOTE:  I will be checking your school’s restrictions settings in the next few days, ensuring that this is set correctly. Just be aware of that it needs to remain ON if you want automatic App Updates to continue.

Installing New Apps

  1. Our current setup hides the App Store from Shared iPads which keeps students from accessing it. To install approved Apps, end-users can open the SD34 App Library and install any apps made available there. Please see the following article with regards to “Adding Apps to SD34 App Library.”

Default Apps by Level

Part of streamlining the deployment of iPads to schools is installing a default set of Apps. The criteria we use to choose our default Apps are as follows:

  1. They must be free
  2. They support district initiatives around teaching and learning.
  3. They are easily installed (Device Install Enabled)
  4. Age/grade appropriate.

SD34 Default iPad Apps

Five Tools for Sharing Portions of Videos

Online videos can be quite useful for reiterating a lesson to your students, for inspiring thought and conversation, and for introducing a new concept to your students. The struggle we have sometimes is finding a video that gets to the point quickly. And sometimes we don’t need students to watch all of a TED Talk or other lecture in order to get them thinking about a concept. That’s where tools for sharing portions of videos are useful.

In YouTube there is an option to start a video at a specific point. Under the sharing options on a YouTube video there is an option to select a start time for the video. Unfortunately, there is not an option to select an end time. See the image below for a look at the time-stamped sharing option in YouTube.

Vibby is a service for breaking YouTube videos into segments and inserting comments into those segments. To segment a YouTube video on Vibby simply grab the URL for the video and paste into the Vibby editor. Once inserted into Vibby you can highlight a segment on the video timeline. Vibby then play only the sections you’ve highlighted. Click on a highlighted section to add a comment to it. Videos edited through Vibby can be shared via email, social media, or embedded into a blog or website. Click here for a Vibby tutorial.

TubeChop gives you the ability to clip a section from any YouTube video and share it with others via a link or via an embed code added to your own blog or website. TubeChop lets you select a start time and an end time for an video that you share.

EDPuzzle is a neat tool that allows you to add your voice and text questions to educational videos. On EDpuzzle you can search for educational videos and or upload your own videos to use as the basis of your lesson. EDpuzzle has an online classroom component that you can use to assign videos to students and track their progress through your video lessons. Within EDPuzzle’s editor you can select portions of videos for students to watch. EDPuzzle offers the option to share your videos to Google Classroom. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how to use the main features of EDPuzzle.

https://youtu.be/FGjP7QrNo7U

https://youtu.be/SOcKBo-4hpg

Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. You can choose to use all of a video or portions of a video. Registered users can upload videos to Vialogues or use YouTube videos as the centerpieces of their conversations. After you have selected a video from YouTube or uploaded a video of your own, you can post poll questions and add comments that are tied to points in the video. Your Vialogue can be made public or private. Public Vialogue’s can be embedded into your blog or website.