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    General query - how do you use your iPads?

    Just a general query, so not after technical explanations.
    For those of you using ipads in schools, how and what are you using them for?
    We've been asked to investigate possibilities of tablets being used and since I know quite a few of you have had large banks delivered was curious how they are being put to use.
    What apps are loaded? what functions are they fulfilling?


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    I'd like to tag two more questions onto your thread, sorry!

    How are you storing them? How are you docking/updating?

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    We use an app called 'door wedge'. It's really handy, just place the iPad down between the bottom of the door and the floor, and it will amazingly keep the door open for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommej View Post
    I'd like to tag two more questions onto your thread, sorry!

    How are you storing them? How are you docking/updating?
    well at the moment we aren't looking to have very many so storage isn't a problem for us, most likely just in a locked room and out the way. again as we would only be looking at a few for now, updating isn't an issue (yet) but i'd still be interested in how larger numbers do it

    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    We use an app called 'door wedge'. It's really handy, just place the iPad down between the bottom of the door and the floor, and it will amazingly keep the door open for you.
    i've just checked on my "sarcastic f***er" app and it says theres a 75% chance you aren't being serious

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    well at the moment we aren't looking to have very many so storage isn't a problem for us, most likely just in a locked room and out the way. again as we would only be looking at a few for now, updating isn't an issue (yet) but i'd still be interested in how larger numbers do it



    i've just checked on my "sarcastic f***er" app and it says theres a 75% chance you aren't being serious
    See, now if you had the same app on Android you'd notice it would come back with a result of 90%, therefore being much more accurate.

    Sorry for taking this off-topic

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    I'll try and drag this back on topic

    At the moment we're looking at a couple in the library as instant research tools. Come in, research on the internet quickly then go sort of thing. They can also view our library catalogue system so the kids can use it to see if books are out. thats the library uses

    alternatively we're thinking that for open days/tours of the school we could have a sort of kiosk app which has general info on the school on an intranet page, and perhaps the prospectus on pdf for parents to flick through. also it can stream the school marketing movie for parents to watch.

    we're also looking at it being used for notices. we have xibo at the mo on one screen but thinking perhaps one of these as another kiosk type app that kids can go to, read certain notices and go.

    those are our ideas so far, what do others do?

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    like this..



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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Well that's a lie - there's no tattoo's on your arms, and out of all the times I've seen you you've never wore long sleeves. I'm not buying for a second that that's you in the photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well that's a lie - there's no tattoo's on your arms, and out of all the times I've seen you you've never wore long sleeves. I'm not buying for a second that that's you in the photo!
    I never said it was!

    I said "I use it like this"


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    Back to the matter in hand.... I would be interested in know how other schools use them too. Other than emails, internet and possible remote desktop - what else could they be used for?

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    I'd also really be interested in any classroom uses that folk are making of iPads or other slate devices.

    Personally, I'm a bit sceptical of slates as a "catch-all" device. Very much for consuming rather than creating. Do kids really get that much more with a slate PC rather than a netbook or a laptop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gslapp View Post
    I'd also really be interested in any classroom uses that folk are making of iPads or other slate devices.

    Personally, I'm a bit sceptical of slates as a "catch-all" device. Very much for consuming rather than creating. Do kids really get that much more with a slate PC rather than a netbook or a laptop?
    exactly, if we can't find any uses for them we wont get them, but if someone can come up with an idea that we could implement here i'd be more than willing to test it out

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    Between the departments here, 8 pages of apps have been requested. They are used every day, almost every other period (on average). We have 28 in an UnoCart-32, which we use to charge and sync them all, via a MacBook which is in IT Support. So far they've made numerous videos etc and taken pictures to attach to their work. Languages use several apps, history make extensive use of Google Earth to identify battle sites etc, English use several different literary apps (mostly Shakespeare) with both spoken and annotated apps... I'm sure there are more, but I've been a bit busy recently!

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    Hi Adaddon,

    I know its a big ask but any chance you could post the names of the apps you are using ? maybe take screen shots if thats easier.

    Thanks in advance

    Andy

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    No worries - I'll try and get it up tomorrow..

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