Setting up “Find My iPad” and why you need this for the classroom
Sep12

Setting up “Find My iPad” and why you need this for the classroom

When you first activate your iPad, you are presented with the option to activate Find My iPad.  Whether or not you agreed to this invitation, you are going to need to revisit this setting if you want to set up this feature properly and securely.  For iPads in an active classroom setting, Find My iPad can be a critical tool in both locating, monitoring and recovering your iOS device. NOTE: This article will refer to both Find My iPad...

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Toontastic Review: Worth a closer look
Sep05

Toontastic Review: Worth a closer look

There is no shortage of iPad apps and games to help young learners practice their skills in literacy and numeracy.  However, the iPad presents the opportunity for young learners to create and apply new learning using the tablet’s cameras, microphone and touch screen. Toontastic allows students to manipulate characters as they provide voice and narration for the story.  Toontastic makes use of standard story templates that help...

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iPad vs Chromebook: Different Devices, Different Uses
Aug31

iPad vs Chromebook: Different Devices, Different Uses

Questions and comparisons around Chromebooks and iPads continue to grab the attention of educators as schools look to make decisions around the purchase of new classroom technology.  In this blog post, we take a closer look at the inherent strengths of both the iPad and the Chromebook in order to better appreciate how each can support learning in the classroom.  Each device also presents its own unique set of traits that may impact...

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iPads in the Classroom: Sharing one iPad in the classroom
Aug14

iPads in the Classroom: Sharing one iPad in the classroom

Most of us do not have the luxury of accessing a classroom set of iPads.  Instead, many classrooms that have access to this technology may only have one or two iPads to share within a classroom. In the single iPad classroom, how can we best utilize the iPad in a way that it continues to support student learning across an entire classroom? How can we provide opportunities for students to interact with the iPad and access the...

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AirDrop in Education: Supporting iOS Video Production in the Classroom
Aug06

AirDrop in Education: Supporting iOS Video Production in the Classroom

Video production in the classroom is a way for students to document learning and demonstrate understanding.  The video production process itself is an exercise in problem solving, collaboration and teamwork.  Determining what you need to show and demonstrate to create an engaging video that an audience can follow and understand is an authentic application and extension of the writing process. (see Writingwithvideo.net) iOS devices...

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Using AirDrop to share files between iOS Devices in the Classroom
Jul21

Using AirDrop to share files between iOS Devices in the Classroom

AirDrop is a feature that was introduced to the iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch with the release of iOS 7.  It is Apple’s solution to wirelessly share media and files between iOS devices.  Before AirDrop, users would need to rely on iTunes in order to sync files between devices.  This was a clunky process involving the connection of devices to a common PC or Mac with iTunes.  Originally available to Mac users, AirDrop for iOS...

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