Now that many teachers have a set of iPads in their classrooms, we are providing a number of improvements to the way iPads are managed.
Keeping iPads Organized
Icons and folders are now stuck in place and assigned to specific pages on the iPads. This will reduce the number of pages of Apps as well as ensuring that Apps are in the same place all time.
An extensive App Catalogue has been provided with over 100 of the best iPad apps for Elementary students. The catalogue also includes any Apps purchased by the school. Installing apps from the catalogue does not require a password. Simply tap the app to install it.
HINT: Leave the App catalogue open for several minutes to ensure that the App request goes through.
Deleting Apps has also be made easier. Students are still not able to delete apps by tapping an holding them. However, teachers can go in through the Settings App and delete apps from there. Here is the procedure for deleting apps>
Open Settings/General/Storage & iCloud Usage/Manage Storage. Tap on the App to be deleted. Choose Delete.
Elementary Teacher Toolkit
To learn more about how you can use your set of classroom iPads, look for the Red Toolkit icon. Inside the Elementary Teacher Toolkit are ready-to-use lessons as well as an iPad Quickstart Guide.
Managing Your Classroom iPads from STaRT Education on Vimeo.
The best method for improving an iPad’s performance involves erasing and re-installing all Apps and Settings. We refer to this as an iPad Refresh Procedure To perform a complete refresh of an SD34 iPad, follow the steps below.
- Ensure that the iPad is able to be erased. You may need to remove the restrictions profile in Airwatch. For more information, contact Gary Toews.
- Erase the iPad. Go to Settings/General/Reset/Erase all settings and content.
- After it restarts, go through the setup screens with the correct language (English) and country (Canada)
- Log into WIFI if it prompts you to.
- Tap to Enable Location Services
- Tap Next at the Configuration Screen
- Tap Get Started
- Go to Settings/General/Software Update and update the iPad to the latest version of iOS. And allow the iPad to restart.
- Leave the iPad for 15 minutes or more for Automatic App installs to complete. You should have the following Apps installed: Pic Kids, Calculator, Google Apps (Classroom, Docs, Slides, Drive), I-nima, Adobe Spark Video, and Skitch.
- If some Apps fail to automatically install, open the App Catalog and tap their install buttons. Then wait another 15 minutes to allow them to install.
- Finally, open the OU Profiles Find your school, (E – elementary, M – middle, S – secondary) and tap to install your School Profile. This will place the iPad into your School OU (Organizational Unit).
- Answer all the prompts including the last one that says Done.
- Leave the iPad for up to 30 minutes to complete the setup and App installation.
- Open the App Catalogue and tap to install any missing Apps. Remember to leave the App Catalogue open for several minutes afterward to allow the install requests complete.
- Note: If after several minutes Apps show they are still “Processing” this is likely inaccurate. They most likely have been installed. You can press the home button to check. If in deed they still have NOT installed, then repeat Step 11. If you are still not able to install an App, contact Gary_Toews@sd34.bc.ca for assistance.
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:
- App Downloads needs to be ON in Settings=>iTunes & App Store
- 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
- 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.”
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.
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.
CamFind is a free iOS and Android app that enables you to take a picture of any object and then instantly conduct a web search about it. Continue reading CamFind – Conduct Research With the Help of Augmented Reality
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