A commitment to write a guide to: Introducing iPads into your school

Apple Store Covent Garden

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Will a public declaration to do something encourage me to actually do it? I hope so.  The following is my planning – I have highlighted chapter headings and sub headings.  These may change as I go on, but they will hopefully guide me as I progress.

I will publish each chapter on here as I go and I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with the final version.  I will try and ensure it is accessible to other.  I would welcome your thoughts and feedback.


Creating a vision for the future use of ICT

  • My approach to creating a vision for the future use of ICT
  • Creating a vision for the future use of ICT checklist

Why choose iPads?

  • Tablets v computer rooms
  • Tablets v laptops
  • iPads v other tablets
  • Dealing with the naysayers
  • My approach to why choose iPads
  • Why choose iPads checklist

Getting the infrastructure right

  • The tender process
  • Choosing a broadband connection
  • Type and size of connection
  • My approach to getting the infrastructure right
  • Getting the infrastructure right checklist

Buying your iPads

  • Price
  • Availability of stock
  • Support
  • Location
  • Choosing which iPad to buy
  • Protecting the iPads: cases
  • Protecting the iPads: insurance
  • My approach to buying your iPads
  • Buying your iPads checklist

Apple TVs

Staff training

  • My approach to staff training
  • Staff training checklist

Ongoing support for staff and students

  • Genius Bar
  • Digital leaders
  • Teacher learning communities
  • My approach to ongoing support for staff and students
  • Ongoing support for staff and students checklist

Setting up the iPads

  • My approach to Setting up the iPads
  • Setting up the iPads checklist

Running a pilot

  • Pilot with teacher enthusiasts
  • Pilots with a nominated class
  • My approach to running a pilot
  • Running a pilot checklist

Moving towards a 1 to 1 roll out

  • Paying for the 1 to 1 roll out
  • My approach to moving towards a 1 to 1 roll out
  • Moving towards a 1 to 1 roll out checklist

A bring your own device policy (BYOD)

  • My approach to a bring your own device policy (BYOD)
  • A bring your own device policy (BYOD) checklist

A guide to 11 essential apps

  • Safari
  • Keynote
  • Quesco
  • Popplet
  • iMovie
  • Explain everything
  • Google street view and maps
  • Book creator
  • Evernote
  • Socrative
  • Showbie

Other apps that can be used across the curriculum

  • iTunesU
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • GarageBand
  • Camera
  • iBooks
  • QR reader
  • Puffin
  • iPlayer
  • Twitter
  • Evernote
  • Skitch
  • Google drive
  • Comic Life
  • I can animate
  • Skype
  • Khan Academy
  • TED talks
  • Quickoffice
  • Prezi

Flipped learning

Appendix 1: A tender document for a school wide wireless system




Bett 2013

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I arrived at bett 2013 on the packed DLR surrounded by hundreds of colleagues ready to be wowed by the hundreds of exhibitors and speakers. My plan for the day is to visit as many stands as possible and hope to learn something new about what is on offer to our school community.

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ExCeL is big. Very big! I’m going to dive in and make a note of those I speak to. I have listed those I spoke to in order, with the exception of my chat with showbie. This app has made me very excited!!

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For a long time I have been trying to figure out an effective workflow for the iPads in school. I had a long chat with Colin Bramm, the Canadian President of Showbie, and he took the time to show me all of its features. He was also kind enough to give me a promo code – enter “steve” into the promo code box when you sign up you will be given double the usual 100 assignments that you get.

I think this could be the solution. Teachers can share work with a class – files can also be uploaded and shared. Students can then submit work for assessment. This appears in a really smart interface for teachers who can then add comments. It is also possible to give audio feedback. I will write a longer blog post on this showing off its features in the near future.

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Display note offers the ability to share content to a wide range of devices. Students can then make their own notes and annotations which can then be saved to their own devices. £465 for a class license that allows up to 40 users.

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Sporting Nation is solution for managing teams and allows staff and students to manage teams as well as their own individual performance. Works with Frog OS to allow a single sign on.

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IPTV solutions great signage solution that may give a more professional look to our screens around the school. A box has to be purchased for each screen. I will wait for the email about the costs…

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One for the Head ofChemistry!

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If I had a bottomless pit of money I would give our school to learningspaces.co.uk in July and say see you after the summer holidays! Inspiring ideas.

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Unwanted ICT equipment? Not sure there can be a better place to send it than computers 4 Africa.

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Our PTFA has just funded a new radio station for our school. The equipment arrives next week…

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I don’t know too much about data loggers, but Globisen’s device looked amazing. Built in GPS and sensors allow for a very wide range of experiments that are all linked to the curriculum. $500 and the app female viagra is free.

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Gary Futcher and Jason Quiterio are brilliant colleagues from Notre Dame.  Here is Gary presenting about Big Campus. Not for us right now, but their presentations were brilliant!

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Opportunities for students to work through lessons on java and C++. Cost of €30 per student. This may fit in with in with our new KS3 curriculum and coding club.


The first step into app coding – I will be investigating this one further.

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Wow. On the wish list… Not a totally unreasonable price having had a long discussion with schools network Garry their MD. I can see so many cross curricular links with this sort of professional kit. I would love to invest in our students with something like this.

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I will be receiving the link to the You Tube channel with the Google presentations later on. I’m always looking for ways to enhance our Google Apps suite.

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We are already looking at ways of sharing mark books in Google with parents. Hapara appears to be the next step. I’m not sure we are ready for this just yet, but staff and students are increasingly using Google Apps so this is one for me to remember.

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Can go4schools do things that our resident SIMS/Excel genius can not already do? It’s a question I would like the answer to!

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Another opportunity for our young coders? There are four different books that contain a series of lessons with resources. I really like it, but the cost of £600 makes me think twice. I picked up a sample module, so we will see.

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Syncing and charging 32 ipads at a time for £2,500. My network technician would love me!

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A talk about Showbie – could this be the answer to my iPad workflow? I really hope so. Demonstration using notability for marking on PDFs.

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Another sync and charge option. For 16 iPads the sync option costs £900 and £1,400 with the case.

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I ended the day with a chat with Anne Duffy on the Frog stand. Surrounded by lots of people clamouring for the Frog hopper stress balls we discussed the impending release of FrogOS.

As I got to Paddington I met with my Head, Kieran Earley, who was arriving to take part in an old boys reunion. His first question was: how much had I spent? I replied none. The then asked: how much had I mentally spent? I will need the train journey back to Torquay to calculate that one. He’s supported every idea to date. I will need sometime to think about what I have seen, but I am convinced that I have found things today that will enhance teaching and learning at DHSB.

It’s been a long and exhausting day, but my mind is bubbling with ideas.