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  • Warren Hall 12 Apr 2013 12:34am () in Establishing systems for maintenance and management of devices | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Monika, when i was in a similar role I ended up having an informal policy that teachers should have tried resolving their issue themselves (googling counted as solving it themselves), and have asked one other person before they came to me. I found it allowed me to focus more on the big picture stuff and also that it reinforced that lots of people in a school might be able to help with IT issues.

  • Warren Hall 12 Apr 2013 12:29am () in Establishing systems for maintenance and management of devices | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Matthew, do you hand out the unique backgrounds to the iPads manually or do you use some software that automates the process for you?

  • Warren Hall 24 Jun 2012 10:17am () in App Sharing

    Check out Skoolbo Core Skills as an option for engaging students with numeracy and literacy. It is just new out so I haven't tested out all the features, but I like what I have seen so far (as does my five year old son).

     The following trailer is from the web site.

    While it is aimed at 4-10 year olds you can create an account as a student, parent or teacher (links go to the PDF guides for parents and teachers). Parents and teachers can see what their children/students have been doing and get reports about progress etc. It is free with the option of parents/teachers paying something extra to get more information if they wish.

    Students log in using a "password" that is made up of a colour and an animal which I am guessing will be quite easy for younger children. They get to create their own avatar and then compete in races with correct answers making them go faster and wrong answers eventually ending in them crashing out.

    The Skoolbo engine first tests the students (I am guessing using their age as a start point) and seems to be quite good at tailoring questions to the students current level and then progress. There appears to be a house where students can store awards that they win and I am told that if parents/teachers have created avatars that those avatars will be present when the student's success is celebrated as they reach certain levels of progress in the game.

    The Skoolbo site says it is available from today (24th June), I have been using a beta version that had awards and reports marked as coming soon so maybe those features will be enabled now. There are versions for Mac, PC and iPad (needs iPad 2 or later) and they say that an Android version is on the way. Skoolbo is run by Shane Hill who invented Mathletics.

  • Warren Hall 14 Oct 2011 12:09pm () in Managing ipads

    Hi Matt (and others),

    Thanks for your reading list, I was interested to see the addendum to the US volume licensing terms and conditions that you refer to. I am sure it is a recent addition, and at least shows that they are thinking about the issues and some solutions to them. Another link I would add to your reading list is to the FAQ for the US volume licensing programme which offers some plain english answers to the sorts of questions that have been raised here (altough I should reiterate they are in relation to the US terms and conditions which are still different to the NZ ones)

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/faq/

    Someone mentioned in an earlier post that they had heard we would have a Volume Licencing Programme in New Zealand before the end of the year, I had also heard that so let us hope that it is true.