I had a district borrow a 3 ipads for their district administrators to use for walk throughs and teacher observations. The tool they use is web based and they have wireless in the building so it worked great for them and now they are purchasing their own. They had access to student info and teacher info from the web resource. They did not try the wireless printing yet.
Frank, the ipad2 has mirroring capabilty so it projects most of what is on your screen on the ipad unlike the first one that would only project a very limited number of apps. Apple has volume pricing for schools that can be purchased with a PO or itunes card and you can put a password on it so that the students can not download apps onto the device. Apple has made a big improvement on the purchasing of apps etc but there are still some issues. Apple has free webinars on the management of the ipad in a school setting. It is under professional development on the apple website.
I think you point out a huge concern for any tablet style devices. If apps must be purchased (Android or Apple) - an account must be set up. If the device is set to download updates automatically based on an account ... I'm guessing you see the same problem I do. I wonder what apps students might try purchasing if they did not have to use their own money to get them. If an iPad is put into student hands as a 1:1 device, how do you update an app purchased with school funds if the student creates his/her own account to download apps. Inquiring minds want to know.
Can you provide the name of the web-based program the administrators used for their walkabouts? I would like to share that with my school administrators. Right now I think they are considering purchasing a few iPads to see how beneficial they can be for education. I'm more than happy to give suggestions about this process .
Do you know if an iPad can be set to prevent students from creating their own accounts for downloading apps? I like that schools can "password protect" use of their account - I, however, know middle school students. They would create a second account - just to see if it is possible. If the second account works they would see what they could purchase and install. The district filters will not stop downloading inappropriate apps from another location (e.g. the local food vendor who offers free wifi.)
The program they use is called OASYS https://www.mylearningplan.com/Content/Home/oasys.html
It is part of a system called MyLearningPlan that many of the districts use in NY. One component of the system tracks professional development hours. There is a video demo on the website. I'm not sure what the cost of the program is. I know you can buy different components of it. I use just the web registration for professional development but the districts I serve use other components.
Glen, in the settings of the ipad you can set restrictions to allow installing and deleting apps, also you can restrict the allowed content such as music, in-app purchases. You can also set up a passcode that when there are 10 failed attempts all the data is erased. That might be a bad thing because then I don't know if it would also erase the settings. I don't think the system is perfect and I think apple was surprised how quickly ipad's took off in the education field and they weren't ready for the management piece but I think they have made improvements.
Everytime I download an app it asks for my password and I don't believe you can have the ipad attached to more than 1 account.
JoAnn, thanks for the link. While in a meeting yesterday where the new common core standards were being discussed, the whole idea of more productive walk-throughs was discussed. We are even considering a rubric for the admin to use. This is something I can definitely share with everyone.
Do you see schools/districts having to change the way walk-thourghs are conducted? Will there be even more emphasis on teacher accountability?
"accountablity" is so bandied about by folks these days to cover so many different meanings. Can you clarify what you mean? I would hope that during a walk through I would record some great discussion, maybe video a short clip of engagement on the part of the students, collect my own notes as well as check through some pre-determined list. There has been handheld walk through software since the olden days of the Palm so don't see that a big shift will occur. Well, that's my two cents!
So much more is at the administrator's fingertips, what is done with the info is another thing. He/She can access all the student test scores for the class they are observing, they can see what courses the teacher has taken to improve skills and see if it is connected to what the students can do, if there is an improvement plan the adminstrator would be able to access it to see what has been worked on. It has pluses and minuses. We don't want to to be all about the test scores but so much more is all in one place for the administrator but unfortunately the teacher doesn't always have access to all that info. It seems to trickle down slowly to the teacher sometimes.
Thanks for the information on OASYS. I'll share the link with my administrators. They can determine how appropriate this tool might be and consider the implications of the associated cost. The main page provides a wealth of ideas on how the tool might be used in evaluation. I appreciate your quick response.
This is great news. When I was allowed to demo one of my district's iPads, I did not have any administrative access. I am thrilled to hear how easy it appears locking down the iPad might be. Like you, I'm concerned that erasing data might allow the settings to also be erased. I've got a couple of students who would try every step possible ... just to see what might happen. Current district policy will not prevent these students from accessing any electronic tools. These students require extra monitoring by teachers when they are in any computer situation. My comfort level about putting iPads in a student's hands is much higher than it was a couple of days ago.
Thanks for the prompt response. I love what I read about iPad since this discussion started last year. In one of your earlier post you mentioned that you would like to play with iPad for a month, I would like to do the same but in my case it will be 3 months as I need to be very sure what I am gettting myself into as I work in a public organization. To start with I wish as Julia wished last year that if only someone give it to me as a gift or wait as Gail mentioned to buy the second generation in our case as we are far behind technology integration it might be the third generation. Any how here we follow a very famous proverb in Urdu "Der Aye, Durust Aye" which means even if you are late, you should be at the right place, at the right time for the right reason. Hence I wait till Naomi tests and confirms how well it can serve in education.
Thank you very much for creating an awareness and letting us know about new inventions with respect to technology and their integration in education for better future planning to achieve our targets with respect to innovation in education.
Saw this real neat article and resource on Chilrens book Apps. You can read/listen to the story “Children’s Book Apps: New World of Learning,” It addresses different needs of individual students.
I saw this post on Ipads in Education (someone had shared earlier) and it talks about an app called Doceri which allows you to do some of the things that you can do on an electronic whiteboard with the software, ipad, computer and projector. I haven't tried it yet. I was just at a meeting with a district that had 4 out of 5 integrated smartboards go down where the projector didn't work anymore and it was just out of warranty and the estimate is $2000 to replace it because they don't think they can be repaired. I think it is going to be very difficult for districts to replace some of this technology that teachers have grown to rely on and we need to look at some alternatives.