According to this TeachThought.com list, the #1 app for a smoother-running classroom is a timer. Not a communication tool for students to work together. Not a note-taking/organizational tool for students to save their work. Not a research tool to help them access whatever resources they need. Nope, if you want a smooth-running classroom with your iPads, invest in… a timer.
Archive for Tablets
One of the biggest challenges in the design of our 1:1 program is building the infrastructure in the classrooms to support a 1:1 iPad program (Middle School) side-by-side with a BYOD laptop program (Upper School). We have to build our systems to work flexibly with all types of devices, while still honoring the mobile mentality of the iPad school. A great example of this is in projecting: How do we build a wireless projection system in a classroom to accommodate everything? I’m now testing a combination of Apple TV and AirParrot by Squirrels to achieve wireless projection in a classroom for laptops and tablets together. Read more
Our Middle School student government gathered some information from the students and brought it to the faculty for consideration. As this is the first year of both our 1:1 iPad program and using Schoology as an LMS, there’s been a steep learning curve for students and teachers alike. It’s interesting to me to see the student feedback and notice that some of their suggestions are along the lines of what I’d advise to teachers (and hopefully practice in the classroom as well).
Here’s the summation as delivered to the faculty without further commentary:
I want to… Share Audio with my Choir Today (Right now, no setup involved)
- Contacts (already installed): Pass around before rehearsal or during breaks and collect and ask each member to enter their name and e-mail.
- Camera (already installed): Record a video example.
- Camera: After rehearsal, press the share icon, and choose “Mail.” This will open up…
- Mail: enter the names of your ensemble members and hit Send.
I want to… Record Larger Audio Examples and Share them with my Choir (A little more setup)
- Notes (already installed): Create a blank note and pass around the device for people to enter their e-mail addresses.
- Google Drive: Create an account, or use an existing account. Create a folder and share it with the e-mail addresses that you’ve collected. They’ll automatically receive a link in their e-mails, so you don’t have to worry about sending it to them.
- Camera (already installed): Record your video example.
- Google Drive: Upload the video from Google Drive. This is an example where the workflow that normally works doesn’t (pushing the share button from the originating app), but Google Drive can access the Camera Roll and all of your videos to upload. By uploading the file into the shared folder, it will now be accessible to anyone that you invited to the group.
I want to… Record Audio and Clean it up for Conference or Festival Submission
- TwistedWave: Record your audio. Edit the beginning and end of the track to be able to cut out extraneous noise. Copy the audio.
- GarageBand: Create a blank audio track and paste the audio from TwistedWave into GarageBand. GarageBand will let you e-mail the file as an MP3. Depending on your submission protocol, you might be able to e-mail it directly, or you may have to use a web uploader to submit it. Unfortunately, web uploaders are very iffy on the iPad– this is the exception where I’ll suggest e-mailing it to:
- Your computer: Open the e-mail and download the MP3 file. You can then upload it to the web uploader from there.
I want to… Record a Music Video of My Group
- TwistedWave: Record the audio. Copy it to…
- GarageBand: Paste it into an audio track and save it. Import it into…
- iMovie: Record your video tracks and put them together. Export it via:
- Vimeo or YouTube. Be mindful that copyrighted music could be flagged for removal (although choral group recordings don’t usually get caught).
I want to… Make all of this Faster!
What About You?
- Use GarageBand to assemble products
- Bounce audio to effects processors and advanced editing using AudioCopy/AudioPaste
- As with hardware, select an app meeting your level of need/expertise/time
(cross-posted at ChoralNet)
(cross-posted at ChoralNet)
Today I got stuck with some of our app deployment. For certain users, our deployment platform (Meraki) reported than an app “NeedsRedemption” (don’t we all?). On the user’s iPad, an install would bring up a message that says “The code has already been redeemed.” Can’t delete the app, can’t update or reinstall, and can’t push a clean copy. What to do?
Following the forum notes above, I removed all of the VPP codes from the Apps panel within Meraki and reentered them from fresh copies of the spreadsheets downloaded from our VPP account. This seemed to free up many of the devices, as their statuses immediately changed to “Installing,” “Redeeming,” or “Prompting.” There were a few left marked as “NeedsRedemption.”
An observation and hypothesis:
Those still marked as “NeedsRedemption” for the app I just refreshed (Notability) are also marked as “NeedsRedemption” for three other apps on our list (Pages, Puffin Web Browser and Explain Everything). Those which proceeded to install following the refresh did not have any other apps listed as “NeedsRedemption.” Therefore, I’ll repeat the process to refresh the three other troublesome apps. Might this be a queueing issue that Meraki will not install until all NeedsRedemption errors are cleared?
What errors or solutions have you encountered around these issues? Any thoughts, suggestions, guidance or questions?
My totally unofficial and off-hand observation is that a vast majority of discussion about iPads/Tablets for Teachers is really about iPads/Tablets for Students: apps that are for the students’ use. As a technologist and coach, I’m always wary of the time tradeoff of new technologies. If I continually throw additional resources/challenges/expectations to teachers, even those early adopters will quickly get overloaded and start tuning out what were intended to be helpful suggestions. In order to keep the window open for quality thinking, reflection and research to happen, an Ed Tech specialist should use technology to nurture the teacher as well as the student. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for teacher apps that can save time, promote reflection and inquiry, and preserve/recapture as much precious high-level time as possible. All apps are free unless otherwise noted, and are available on iOS and Android.