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  • Carol Kendall 12 Oct 2015 2:29pm () in Upgrading Teacher Laptops / Issues with TELA

    Thanks everyone for today's additional input. It's very interesting, and I appreciate your reassurance that my thinking is along the right lines.

    Hamish, I'd agree about the idea of lesser spec computers for the non-techie teachers, except that sometimes those teachers leave and someone else gets that computer, and sometimes those non-techie teachers grow into doing all sorts of interesting multi-media and more processor inte activities. We'll see how the budget holds up....

  • Carol Kendall 08 Oct 2015 8:23pm () in Upgrading Teacher Laptops / Issues with TELA

    Thank you so much for your reply. That was what I thought might be the case, as I know the teachers do start to find their computers being slow as the lease ends. Better to start a little further ahead!

     

  • Carol Kendall 04 Oct 2015 4:25pm () in Upgrading Teacher Laptops / Issues with TELA

    I am needing to order three new TELA laptops in the next couple of weeks, and wish to purchase Macbooks as that is what everyone is happy using and meets their needs well.

    Comparing the standard model on option from TELA for teachers (Apple MacBook Air 13.3” laptop, Intel Core i5 (1.6GHz) processor, 13.3" display, 4GB memory, 256GB solid state drive)...

    ...to the next model on offer (Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13.3” upgrade laptop, Apple upgrade option with Intel Core i5 (2.7GHz) processor, 13.3" widescreen Retina display, 8GB memory, 256GB solid state drive)

    ...has me worried about speed. The NZ Apple Store compares these models Only 4GB RAM standard with the TELA base model, compared to 8GB; and 1.6 GHz compared to 2.7 GHz. Our teachers make good use of Pages and iMovie, alongside GAFE, and often have multiple apps open, so I'm hoping this will not slow them to a grind. I'm wondering whether we'll cope for the next 3 years with the lesser RAM and GHz.

    Also, I notice that the base model doesn't have HDMI, but we are still finding ourselves reliant on this with our Ruckus network having some difficulties (we have Apple TVs and are also beginning to use Chromecasts). I guess we'll have to manage without HDMI - it'll provide even more urgency and impetus to get the network sorted out!

    TELA is no longer providing any external DVD drives, so it might pay to have one available for teachers to borrow, too. How are others managing this? I know the technology is becoming outdated...

    Any gems of wisdom that you can contribute to help me understand any other differences here? The price for the upgrade model is half as much again as for the base model ($90.14 per quarter compared to $62.56). We may have to cough up the extra money, for the more 'power' users anyway.

     

  • Carol Kendall 07 Aug 2015 8:24pm () in Throw a challenge my way

    A brilliant explanation of all the issues, thank you Innes! I'm glad you've confirmed I'm not going crazy, just very frustrated! I just want to be able to sync iBooks the way I used to through iTunes. But you're right - it's all about DRM. I do so want children and classrooms to be able to share their books with their peers. And I agree, uploading them as movies doesn't quite cut it somehow. ePubs, are what I want - 'real' books wink. And not to have to re-download them frequently, after updating in Configurator.

    Carol

  • Carol Kendall 07 Aug 2015 11:17am () in Throw a challenge my way

    Thanks Claire. That's what we do, too. Books are also shared as videos on blogs. What I really want is to be able to share some child-made books across several iPads (school, or BYOD) and have them viewed in iBooks on those iPads, like other books. This seems more difficult with Apple Configurator and how Apple locks down the sharing of books.

  • Carol Kendall 06 Aug 2015 10:19pm () in Throw a challenge my way

    Thanks for this opportunity, Allanah

    I'm wondering what is the best and simplest way these days to share student-created eBooks made with Book Creator or other apps onto class iPads - eg across the Junior School. Our iPads are set up with Apple Configurator, and each class has sets of iPads, and an increasing number of students in the more senior class bring iPads through BYOD.

    I would like to be able to share books to iBooks that have been collaboratively made, and not have to share via email or Dropbox. It would be nice to be able to choose which books to display, or group them within different classes, but our iPads all have the same Gmail account and iCloud account, so they'll all sync the same. How can I do this with Apple Configurator - I'm not keen on the issuing books idea... it got messy when I last tried (some time ago now...)

  • Carol Kendall 25 May 2015 2:09pm () in Cloud photo storage

    Yes, I agree. But when you think about it, it's probably a similar risk wherever photos are stored. We do want students to take photos, and we do want photos of their learning and school events. We want students to be able to access these. Whether they're on our school server, or on Google Drive, even with a school sign-in for users, that risk is there.

    Yes, Greg, I agree that those Google Terms of Service are a big issue; do you have a suggestion we can consider as an alternative? It's not something we really think about, and maybe we need more guidelines or alternatives from the technical and educational experts. Then, I guess, we won't all agree on those choices anyway :-(

  • Carol Kendall 25 May 2015 8:38am () in Embedding Non-Google Content

    That clarified a couple of things I'd missed - thanks so much! I now have it working.

  • Carol Kendall 24 May 2015 9:46pm () in Embedding Non-Google Content

    Hi Monika

    I've just tried to embed a Vimeo video on a Google Site, and remembered to look up your tip posted here. I don't seem to be able to get it to work in this instance - any clue please?

    <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/60002414" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • Carol Kendall 24 May 2015 8:12pm () in Cloud photo storage

    Doesn't seem to be any need to downsize photos. You drag a corner to resize a photo, as usual, but we don't change the resolution of the photo to make it a smaller file size at any stage.

Carol Kendall

Part time teacher working with teachers and students to use ICT creatively and effectively. Also passionate about inquiry learning. An Apple fan!