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  • Iain Cook-Bonney 23 Jul 2012 1:14pm () in Managing large numbers of iPads

    Hi everybody.

    I work with several schools that use ipads, most of them have under thirty of them, which is usually able to be handled by one master computer through iTunes.

    I have looked at Apple configurator, but the sticky point for me is the volume licensing for paid apps. Not wanting to head down this track until this is sorted out in NZ.

    I have one school that will shortly have almost 70 ipads, so I think I need to rethink how they are managed there.

    Is there anyone else out there with large numbers of ipads. How are they managed? also interested in storage and charging options too.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 23 Jul 2012 1:12pm () in Managing large numbers of iPads

    Hi everybody.

    I work with several schools that use ipads, most of them have under thirty of them, which is usually able to be handled by one master computer through iTunes.

    I have looked at Apple configurator, but the sticky point for me is the volume licensing for paid apps. Not wanting to head down this track until this is sorted out in NZ.

    I have one school that will shortly have almost 70 ipads, so I think I need to rethink how they are managed there.

    Is there anyone else out there with large numbers of ipads. How are they managed? also interested in storage and charging options too.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 14 Jun 2012 9:05am () in App Sharing

    At the moment, am loving Dragonbox. It is very seldom that an app just blows me away with the way it teaches a concept, but Dragonbox is one.

    It is a game, but it teaches algebra concepts. When I first played it, I was thinking "how is this algebra??", and then after a few levels there was the "OMG, I'm doing algebra!" moment.

    My daughter really struggles with maths, so I gave the ipad to her last night and said "have a try at this game", so went away and I came in a few minutes later to find she had completed the first world. "nice game Dad, why did you make me play it?"

    You should have seen the look on her face when I told her she had been doing algebra to a high school level, priceless.

    Would recomment spending the extra $4 to get the + version which gives extra levels in standard form.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 12 May 2012 5:53pm () in iPads in the senior school

    As an addition to the above reply, I find that the iPad camera kit is a an essential accessory. It lets me connect other iPods, and iPads and download the photos from them, and also download photos from sd cards and other cameras directly.

    This means that my team can be filming on multiple devices and create it all on the one iPad. Files Connect also turns the iPad into a wifi drive so that photos, music, video and documents can be shared across the network.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 12 May 2012 1:22pm () in iPads in the senior school

    Hi Jasmine,

    I run a weekly tv show with a group of senior students at Opoho school. On a Friday they run a discovery programme with lots of activities around an inquiry topic. My team (which varies each week) film the activities and interview students, teachers and volunteers using iMovie on the iPad, it is edited and put together completely by the students and then copied to the school server using the files connect app. Senior classes then watch it the Friday assembly and then other classes get to see it over the following week.

    We are also exploring the use of toontastic, 123d sculpt, 123d make, and minecraft  pocket edition during this time as well.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 08 May 2012 8:30pm () in Sharing of iPad Files - moving the files across the network

    Hi Carol,

    We use an app called Files Connect. His let's you connect to other severs, computers, and also online services. It also turns the iPad into a wireless drive when in use so you directly access photos, documents and music from other computers.

     

    We use it in a couple of ways. Teachers can save photos directly onto the server ( as you wish to do)! Second, teachers take photos, put them in an album in the camera roll, then students can wirelessly access them from student pod computers.

    Works a treat.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 03 May 2012 9:41am () in Non Flash Maths Interactive Sites

    One site that I found that worked well was xtramath.org. It is free, no ads and is great for practicing basic operations.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 27 Feb 2012 1:27pm () in App Sharing

    You can use the Wordpress app to blog to edublogs. All you need to do when adding your blog in Wordpress is to choose the self-hosted blog option, then put in your edublogs address and your user details...

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 13 Feb 2012 10:28am () in App Sharing

    Check out Scribblepress. ( http://www.scribblepress.com ). They have a free ipad app for creating your own books which can then be shared online or sent to ibooks as an epub. 

    It also includes story starters for reluctant writers, you can create your own art as well or use the included artwork. There is also an option to buy a print version.

    Great stuff.

  • Iain Cook-Bonney 09 Dec 2011 9:54am () in What are you doing in your school?

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for sharing! We are looking at inplementing BYOD at Tahuna Normal Intermediate here in Dunedin. Lots of research going on, and plans being made, so it was great to read your post. I especially liked your brochure for parents. Would you be happy for us to use parts of it for our information pack?