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How To's for VISD iPad Managers
Integrating iPads into Teaching
No one yet knows the right way to add iPads to education. But let's start with what we know iPads do well and expand from there.
Stage 1: Use the iPads for your own life
Learn how to browse the internet, how to check your email, how to keep up with your reading and follow your interests. What the heck: Do crossword puzzles, play some games, take photos of people you know, play music. A teacher in this stage is still exploring the tool. Because you can't stop teachers from working, teachers are bound to research with the iPad, find photos and classroom tools, and do some school communications. Advanced work in Stage 1 will include creating whole lesson plans and moving them into a shared space such as Evernote or Google Drive.
Stage 2: Use iPads directly in classroom life
If you have your iPad in hand in the classroom, you're probably in Stage 2. You're taking photos and videos. You're drawing lessons that can be replayed. You're capturing student work in lots of ways. The best outcome of Stage 2: Your iPad becomes a tool for capturing and publishing the life of the classroom. You not only collect artifacts but keep them organized and share them.
Stage 3: Give students limited tasks to do with iPads
Many teachers jump right to this stage. They find a specific app that kids can learn from, they load it onto the iPad, and they give the students the chance to use that app. Often they give kids books to read on the iPad. The best outcome of Stage 3 is the move students to Stage 4. Apps that are, in themselves, such rich educational experiences that they're worth the time are rare. iBooks have a limited set of features that are genuine improvements over paper books.
Stage 4: Students use iPads in classroom life
If students know they can go to the iPad(s) to capture the work of the classroom and broadcast it, the iPads become vital everyday tools. They can create rich artifacts and publish them, just as the teacher did in Stage 2. But now students feel empowered to create with the iPad.
iPad Starting Points
- Turning it on and off: There are three ways to turn your iPad on: 1. There's a little power button in the top right (assuming you're holding it like a magazine). 2. You can push the home button (the round one right under the screen) 3. You can open the case. It's like a refrigerator.
- But what about really turning it off?: It is possible to totally power down your iPad. Please don't. It's good at conserving its power. Just close the cover.
- What's with the folding thing?: Take a look here.
- How do I charge this thing up?: Connect the iPad to a power outlet using the included cable and USB power adapter.
- Could I connect it to a computer?: You probably don't want to. It will try to set up an unwanted relationship with your computer (don't ask). Just let it live on its own.
- Can I connect to the internet without Wi-Fi?: No. You need a wireless connection.
- Do I have to take it out of the case to take pictures?: No! There are holes cut in the case for everything. But do tuck the case first or you're block the opening.
- Camera: Use your camera. Tap every button on the screen to see what happens. You should be able to pack a picture and a movie with both cameras (there's one in front and one in back).
- Photos: Look for the sunflower icon. That's where you'll find the pictures and the movies you took with your camera. You can add images and movies in here other ways as well, but let's leave it at that.
- Safari: This is your web browser, your way of looking at the internet. Guess what – you're probably using it right now! You put addresses of web pages into the bar in the center top. Or you can search for web pages in the bar in the top right.
- Gmail: Use this and not the Mail app to look at your school mail. Sign in with your email address and password. It should be familiar to you.
- Google Drive: Here's where you can keep your stuff. Any kind of file can live here. You can even do simple editing on Google Docs and Spreadsheets (although you can only look at Presentations).
- Evernote: Yes, you need to sign up for an account to use this one. It's worth is. Use any email/password combo you like. Once you log into that account from anywhere – computer, phone, iPad, whatever – you'll be looking at the same pile of sticky notes everywhere. And these sticky notes can have photos, drawings, voice recordings, whole web pages attached to them. It's a great free program with a lot of potential uses in education.
Websites with Useful Resources
- Getting started info. Link to Delicious iPad Stack Some good video links. Start with these!
- Kathy Schrock's Guide to iPads in the Classroom Great resource!
Research and Evaluation
- Evaluating iPads in ed General resource that is keeping an eye on this issue.
- Explain Everything: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8
- Here's a good page on iPads for school administrators: http://www.mhric.org/ipad/
And for fun and wow:
- Guardian Eyewitness: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-guardian-eyewitness/id363993651?mt=8
Apps, Media, and Books
How to add apps the district buys for you
When you least expect it, you might get this kind of message:
What does this mean? It means the district has bought an app for you. All you have to do is put your password in. Which password? The one that goes with your iTunes account. Look it up the first 7 times and you'll never have to look it up again. If all goes well, the app should download automatically on your iPad and on every iPad you manage (that is, with the same iTunes account). Alert us if you have any troubles.
Updating iPad Apps
Over time, the creators of iPad apps update them to fix bugs or add features. This will never happen automatically; you have to download the updates yourself. But your iPad will tell you that this needs to happen.
How you do it:
- Open the App Store and tap Updates. If updates are available, tap Update All.
- The app updates will happen automatically.
- You may be asked for your password. This is the password for the iTunes store.
How to add music the district buys for you
At some point, you want to have music, movies and other media that are not apps delivered to your iPad.
The process is a little trickier than it is for apps. The first one of your iPads to download the stuff will do all the work. The others have an easier job.
Downloading the goods the first time
Your goal is to log in to the email account linked to the iTunes store. (I know, it's tricky. Bear with us.). If you're logged in as someone else (and you probably are), look in the lower left to see who you're logged in as. Tap that name, then tap “Sign into another account…”
Look up the name and password for the VISD email account. It will look something like CESiTunesClassrooms@vashonsd.org, with a truly nasty, complicated password you'll never remember (I dare you). You should find an email to that account saying the school bought you something. Open the email.
Now, this is a little tricky. It won't show images until you tell it to. Tap on “show all images.” One will be the button to redeem your gift. Tap it! The iTunes app (which, on the iPad, is only for buying music, not for listening to it) will begin downloading music for you. Great!
Now, on every other iPad with this account, you'll have an easier time.
Downloading the goods on all the other iPads you supervise
- Go to the “iTunes” app. See the buttons on the bottom?
- Tap the one marked “Purchased.”
- Tap through the buttons on the top, the ones marked “Music” or “Movies” or “TV Shows” to find what you want. Anything with a little cloud and downward arrow next to it is something you can download.
- You can listen to music in the “Music” app and watch videos in the “Videos” app.
How to buy books with a gift card from the District
Unfortunately, the District cannot buy you books directly. The good news is: We can send you gift certificates. This way you can buy the book (and usually have a little extra).
Downloading your gift certificate
- Your goal is to log in, on your iPad, to the email account linked to the iTunes store. (I know, it's tricky. Bear with us.)
- If you're logged in as someone else (and you probably are), look in the lower left to see who you're logged in as. Tap that name, then tap “Sign into another account…”
- Look up the name and password for the VISD email account. It will look something like CESiTunesClassrooms@vashonsd.org, with a truly nasty, complicated password you'll never remember (I dare you).
- You should find an email to that account saying the school bought you something. Open the email.
- Now, this is a little tricky. It won't show images until you tell it to. Tap on “show all images.” One will be the button to redeem your gift. Tap it!
- Follow the instructions to redeem the gift card.
Buying a book with one iPad
- Open up “iBooks” on your iPad.
- If you see nothing but the book you're reading, tap in the middle of the page until you see the “Library” button in the top left.
- Tap it to go to your Library. If you're already in the Library, no problem.
- In the top left of the Library, you'll see the button marked “Store.” Tap that.
- Use your search tools to find the book you want. Buy it – once only! – to buy it for all the iPads in your cluster.
Getting purchased books on the other iPads
- The book you bought should download on other iPads (give them a little time). If not, follow these steps for each iPad that didn't download:
- Go to the “iBooks” app and get to the Library (see above).
- In the top left, tap “Store.”
- Then, in the bottom right, find the “Purchased” button.
- The ones with the little clouds and downward arrow next to them are ones you can download. Go ahead!
If you buy an iPad as a consumer, you create an account at Apple's iTunes Store. Usually, you set up the account and attach a credit card to the account. From there you can buy apps, music, books, movies and other goodies for your iPad.
Apple lets you do this for up to 10 devices — iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc. Any device linked to your iTunes account has a right to what you've bought.
VISD works a little differently. We organize iPads into groups of 10, and each iPad is linked to an iTunes account we've set up for you. The account has no credit card associated with it, so no one can buy anything for it.
The way to think of it: Pretend you're an Apple fan who loves iPads so much, you bought 10 and put them all on the same account. That way they can (but don't have to) all have the same books, movies, apps and so on.
We in the district buy the goodies for you and give them to you as gifts. The only way you have to use the iTunes account is give the okay for us to push this stuff at you.
Apps will be very easy. They'll go right at you, and most of the time you just have to tap “OK” and there it is. Music, books and movies take a little more work.
With you as the owner of the iTunes account, you can do things like update apps, update the system software and even try out free apps without having to call us for help. If the worst happens and the student finds out the account password (and this does happen), they can't buy anything with it anyway, so little harm is done. (Still, alert us if you think that happened.)
Please read through and find out how to do these basic jobs. We'll follow up with support as much as we can.
Help with iPads
If you have a problem with your iPad, or if you want a new app, or if you want support on using an app, by far the fastest way is to write an email directly to Andy: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your problem feels larger than your iPad (the network is flaky, the printer is down, your chewing gum lost its flavor), contact the Helpdesk: email@example.com