The Care and Keeping of your iPad: Today’s iPad Challenge

Here is today’s presentation for those who missed it. The need for this presentation sprung out of the results of our student iPad survey, where we realized a lot of the dissatisfaction with the iPad came from improper care. Students were not backing up, updating, charging their iPads. They were pulling on the tail of their charger instead of by the nub. They were running out of storage.


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What Schools Must Learn From LA’s iPad Debacle | WIRED

It is interesting to see that even the large districts are dealing with the same problems. It sounds like LA had less of an issue with the iPads but with the use of the Pearson curriculum on the iPads:

But the abundance of expensive hardware wasn’t the central problem in LA. It was Pearson’s curriculum that proved most troublesome. In her memo, Bernadette Lucas, the initiative’s director, wrote that less than 5 percent of students had consistent access to the content due to technical issues, and that some students had no access at all for months. As of March, all but two schools had stopped using the Pearson curriculum entirely.

CEC platform anyone? It seems that it is less the actual hardware but the poorly designed and rushed software that is the biggest impediment right now…

The questions the district are just now asking themselves, “What will students learn? How will students learn? What resources will be needed? How will it work?” are good questions. I would argue that they not only need to be asked before a roll out, but perennially.

If one of the country’s largest school districts and the world’s largest tech company can’t make tech in the classroom work, can anyone?


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In honour of Arts Fest 2015: 18 Apps That Will Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life

From exploring contemporary art to making your own on the iPad, to Miranda July’s performance art to Yoko Ono’s request for your smiles, there is something for everyone on this list.

Many of the apps are free, but there are some you have to pay for, so be sure to read the descriptions!

Mobile devices like iPads and Androids have transformed the way we experience boredom. No longer is a wayward commuter forced to play Snake or Tetris, occupying themselves in a hardly satisfying, and


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Beyond the Screen: Osmo for the iPad 

Although a little young for our students, I still can’t help being impressed by the technology and the incorporation of paper and pencil skills with the iPad. I wonder if OSMO will make a more advanced geometry segment for their app?I know their would be a market for it at the school… Yet the drawing aspect of this app could be used for all ages.

And how cool is it that they could check it out of their library? Hmmm…ideas, ideas, ideas.

We checked this iPad accessory out at our local library. The company describes their product as “a kid’s technology system that brings the physical and digital worlds together.” The kit comes with …


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