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Sharing of iPad Files - moving the files across the network

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Started by Carol Kendall 08 May 2012 7:02pm () Replies (5)

Each app has a share option, but they vary with the ways in which files can be shared. There are apps that allow sharing between devices, and then there are systems such as WebDAV (eg Box.net) and Dropbox. Also, connecting an iPad to a computer and using iTunes to access may files. And, Photostream...

But..... we have students (Year 4-5 and upwards) using a pod of 5 iPads in their classroom. Students are taking photos, the photos sit in the camera roll in the Photos app, and need to get from there into a specific folder sitting on our server.

Currently the photos are being shared from the Photos app by emailing them to their classroom email account. From there they need to be opened on a computer, dragged onto a Desktop, then into a folder, then copied into the required folder on the server, they need to be collated into that folder for sharing from another computer (not necessarily the iPads) - too many steps. We are going to set up a WebDAV server on our server. But.... in the Photos app, sharing to a WebDAV drive is not listed as an option. So, how can we shift these photos from individual iPads directly to a server folder, from the Photos app? We don't want to use Photostream at the moment, but that wouldn't get the photos onto our server anyway.

Thanking you - my brain is getting in a tangle!


  • Matthew Thomas (View all users posts) 08 May 2012 7:07pm ()

    Hi Carol -

    I feel your pain!  Here at Selwyn Ridge Primary, we use an app called "WebDAV Nav" which will upload and grab files to and from a webDAV server.  It works quite well, but I wouldnt want to be uploading tonnes of images from an iPad to a webDAV server this way.  Apparently iFiles does a good job too, but I havent tried that app out yet.

    Cheers, Matt

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 08 May 2012 7:12pm ()

    I wonder if it would be easier to look for a different solution. Could you upload your favourite photos to Flickr via the app so that they would be accessible to everyone for use.

    Probably need to be more discerning rather than filling up a server with a zillion photos aqny way.


  • Iain Cook-Bonney (View all users posts) 08 May 2012 8:30pm ()

    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.

  • Carol Kendall (View all users posts) 08 May 2012 11:06pm ()

    Aha, thank you Iain, it looks like Files Connect might be the answer - even at $6.49. I already have it on my personal iPad, but had lost sight of it amongst the small fortune's worth of other apps I buy and test drive Undecided. I'll try it out at school tomorrow!

    Allanah, I had momentarily thought of Flickr - students are being asked to be selective about the photos they currently email, but I don't think Flickr is the place for them yet.

    Thanks everyone for your guidance - great ideas!

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