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iPad PD - part I

The basics of the iPad for education...

  • Overview of iPad basics
  • Overview of classroom use
  • Create DOE based iTunes accounts
  • Distribute iPads (and necessary paperwork)
  • Sync and set-up in classrooms if time allows (if time runs out, syncing/setup can occur anytime after the PD, on classroom systems)

Some things to keep in mind...
... the iPad is not a computer. It is not a computer replacement. It is a mobile device. Essentially, a giant iPod Touch. You need a dedicated computer to serve as the host system for syncing. The operating system running on the iPad (iOS - same as iPod Touch &iPhone) is not a full operating system. Programs running on a computer will not run on iOS. The only programs that will run on iOS are available through the iTunes App Store. There are iOS versions of full operating system programs, but they do not have the full functionality you are accustomed to on a computer. iPads are great devices, and you will find them quite useful, however it is important to keep them in perspective so you can get the most out of them (and yes, I am constantly experimenting with ways to push them to the limits).

The iPad is a device which needs to be connected to a single computer. You can have multiple mobile devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) on 1 computer, but you can not have a mobile device connect to multiple computers.

If your iPad is a personal device, sync to your home system. Adding the iPad to your list of iTunes devices is not a problem. If the iPad is issued by the school/DOE (purchased with school/DOE funds), it must be synced with your classroom computer.

Keys to setting up a DOE iPad:

  • A DOE issued iPad is exactly that, a DOE device. It is to be used for DOE business and must be tied to a DOE system (ie: classroom laptop, dekstop, etc)
    • the user of the iPad is responsible for all accessories that come with the device (USB cable, wall charger) as well as any additional accessories issued by the school/DOE
  • Create an iTunes account using your @schools.nyc.gov email account
  • Plug your iPad in to your computer using the supplied USB cable and follow the instructions on screen
  • Name your iPad using this format: Mr/Mrs Last Name's iPad
    • for example: Mr Blank's iPad or Mrs Smith's iPad
    • using this naming format will give each device a unique name, identify the user, allow for multiple iPads to be connected to a single classroom computer without confusion(for transfering files, etc) and allow for easier recognition on the network
  • Set up wireless network using this protocol: SSID: WJBOE(district/borough letter/school code) WEP: (school number)D(district number)1001
    • this wireless protocol is standard throughout the DOE. If you are in a DOE school and know the District, Borough, and DBN you will be able access the network
    • set the proxy server to http://proxy.nycboe.org/proxy.pac (click here for a screen shot of the network proxy setting)
  • Set your DOE Outlook email to be delivered to the iPad (see Outlook directions below)
  • Set up "Find my iPad" tracking system using the simple steps found here
    • this is important for keeping track of the DOE device as well as erasing it's contents if lost or stolen
  • Begin downloading apps and using the iPad to enhance instruction...

Setting up DOE email:

Open the mail icon from the Settings screen and select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter the information as shown below. You may see a certificate error, simply press “accept” to continue.

A new field called “Server” should now appear. Type in mail.nycboe.net

It will take a few seconds for your email to download.
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You will want to adjust some mail settings. Go to settings then Mail, Contacts, Calendars..
This will allow you to synch your Outlook Calendar with your iPad calendar.

Some helpful links to get you started with the basics of iPad use...

Apple's iPad Guided Tours

iPad Setup via Mashable.com

How to Geek's Complete list of iPad tips and tricks

iPads in Education - online community of educators discussing iPads in education

iPads 4 Education - another online community of educators discussing iPads in education

Mr. Casal's Diigo bookmarks of useful iPad-related website

iPad PD - part II

Apps and tools useful for conferring with students, tracking student data, and fully integrating the iPad into the daily life of a classroom teacher...

Safari - standard web browser native to the iPad. Use this browser just as you would any desktop browser.

Within Safari you can bookmark sites. You can save a bookmark to your "Bookmarks" folder or "Bookmarks Toolbar" just as you would on you desktop. You can also bookmark using "Add to Home Screen" to save a bookmark to the iPad home screen, along side your Apps...

You can use Safari to access Google Apps for DOE and create & edit documents & spreadsheets (below are shots of PS 10 Reading Level spreadsheets viewed, and during editing, via Safai on the iPad)...

Good Reader - import and edit Running Record PDFs. You can import, view, and annotate most file types. It is not a native editing tool, for example you can't open a Word Document and type in it as if you were in Word, but still a very useful tool to avoid printing "handout" type sheets a teacher would normally handwrite on... - $4.99

Excellent app, well worth the $2.99 to be able to annotate PDFs. Be aware you can only view files you annotate in GoodReader with GoodReader on the iPad. If you export an annotated PDF to DropBox and open it on your desktop system you will see all your annotations. If you try to open an annotated PDF on the iPad in something other than GoodReader you wont see your annotations. Not a big deal, just something to be aware of.

Download all TC running record PDFs directly to GoodReader - click here - from your iPad
Download individual TC running record sheets here

You can "Connect to Servers" to transfer files directly to and from Google, DropBox, etc...
As soon as you attempt to annotate a file, GoodReader will ask if you want to overwrite the original or create a copy...
The annotate toolbar gives you various options. The "Draw" feature will allow you to use shapes (lines, arrows, circles) or draw freehand. You can also use a "Typewriter" function to type in annotations. Make sure you "Save" your annotations using the toolbar in the top right corner of the screen during annotation...
The "Main Menu" option of the annotate toolbar will allow you to get back to the GoodReader file structure. Under the Manage Files tab you can rename files, create folders, etc...

iTunesU - "...a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours — is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students."

In this case, you the teacher can be the student. Some examples of useful iTunesU content such as Common Core Standards lectures...

Remoter - control your SmartBoard from anywhere in the room - $0.99.

In my opinion this is the best app you could buy. If you have a SmartBoard it's a must have. If you don't have a SmartBoard it's still well worth the $0.99 to be able to remotely access your computer from anywhere in your building...
You can configure Remoter to connect to multiple machines, both Mac and PC. All you need to know is the IP address of the computer you want to access.
(screen shots taken fron iTunes page - shots are off an iPhone but the app works/looks the same on an iPad)

Air Share - access your hard drive files & folders from anywhere on the network - $2.99

Basically this app allows you to open the folder and file structures of your desktop system. How is if different than Remoter? It doesn't allow you to control your home system, it allows you to see all your home folders and files just as you would if you were sitting in front of your desktop. Very useful for accessing your files and transferring them to your iPad's harddrive.
Great app if you move around your building and want full folder/file directory access of your desktop...

USB Disk - creates a folder for transfering hard fiels from your PC to your iPad, for times when WiFi will not be available and DropBox is not an option

Great free app for quickly dropping files to your iPad's hardrive. Only caveat is you have to be physically connected to your home system with iTunes open in order to transfer

For conferring the app Confer is available, however this is a $10 app which, in my opinion, provides functionality easily achieved for free with Google Docs.

You can also pay $10 for Numbers, Apple's version of Excel, native to the iPad which works well for conferring as well as any other spreadsheet task.