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.

Cart/Classroom and Teacher iPads Explained

Most iPads in Abbotsford School District are deployed as multi-user devices in carts or in classrooms. By definition, this means that many students will have full access to the same Apps and Data on the device.

Restrictions are installed on Cart/Classroom iPads to maintain their integrity and functionality for all users.

Teacher iPads use are configured to minimize obstacles to productivity and personalization. This includes setting up personal and district email, cloud based accounts. All normal customizations are allowed.

Using Teacher iPads as part of a teacher’s digital workflow, including capturing photos and video of students, is expected and encouraged. iPads must be configured with a passcode in order to safeguard student and teacher private information. Please see the following resource for more information on setting up a passcode.  How to Setup a Passcode on your iOS device

It is not recommended that students have access to Teacher iPads. However, in the case that a teacher allows limited student use of the device, the student should be directly supervised at all times.

There is no way to prevent access to data on iPads once the owner has unlocked it.

Teachers may consider setting Temporary Restrictions on their iPads to further protect settings and private information on their Teacher iPad. Enabling Parental Controls on iPad.

Teacher iPad Quick Start Guide

Cart/Classroom iPad Configuration and Restrictions