Posts tagged ‘set up’

a to do list

It was really useful to get together with an ESOL colleague to discuss using the class iPads and we were both reminded of how important collaboration is – not only to get ideas but mainly as a motivation to try new things with the technology.

From the meeting I came away with a short to do list:

1. review access to the iPads. There are several people using the iPads now and it’s important people know they can plan to use them so we need to ensure the system for this is working OK

2. Neither of us had ever asked the students to access the VLE on their own devices or on the class iPad. We thought having them accessing the VLE on the iPads initally may encourage them to think about accessing it on their own devices, so we set up a VLE link button on the Home Screen. We now need to think about how we can set up At Home tasks to encourage using the college VLE outside class.

3. Folders – as more and more apps were being added the Home Screen were becoming crowded. We reviewed how to make folders & we need to let people know that they can create folders at any time, but really one person needs to have an overview of all the devices to keep them ‘tidy’

4. Overcoming Tech issues: sometimes when the wifi doesn’t connect the first time if you use the ‘forget this network’ and then reconnect it then works. Students need support in getting onto the wifi initally.

 

recommendations: set up & storage

Top Tips for setting up and storing a class set of iPads:

  1. You can have up to 10 iPads linked to a single iTunes account.
  2. Give each device a name (ours are creatively called ‘iPad 1′, ‘iPad 2′, etc.) Set a picture as a background that represents the name (again, our iPads creatively have images of numbers as their wallpaper)
  3. Turn on ‘automatic download’ on each device. When an app is added to one device, it will appear on them all (as long as they are online)
  4. Find a central, secure place to store and charge the iPads. We used a laptop trolley that has a padlock with a code. No lost keys to worry about.

Writing this it’s hard to remember exactly what a challenge it was to get the iPads into a usable condition, but this was certainly a learning curve. I have since set up another class set of iPads for another department in college and it probably took me about an hour.