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New iPad Setup Guides

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We are pleased to publish our new set of iPad Setup Guidelines for Edinburgh Schools. These can be found on our iPad Setup page by clicking here.

Introducing some new tools, our guides should give you all the information you need to successfully setup, configure and manage your iPads, allowing you to focus on transforming learning through technology.

Are these useful? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

“5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make…”

Edudemic, a site all about the best education technology tools and trends, recently posted the article, “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)“.

“Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country [USA] have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. […] While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.”

The article is based on experiences with iPads, but the advice given applies equally to all technologies that schools may be purchasing en masse – iPads, Android tablets, netbooks, laptops etc.

How To Avoid These Mistakes!

All establishments have created their own vision for ICT but our 1:1 Toolkit should help you work towards achieving your vision.  The majority of schools will be at the planning stage just now, where time is taken to think about how best to support our learners and which technologies can enable this. The preparation stage is where any new technologies are introduced to staff and pedagogical change considered. After these phases have been completed, the implementation phase can begin. (Remember that for some establishments, your vision may be a full 1:1 initiative and for others it will be 1:1 access to technology in school when and where the learner needs it).

If you have any queries or would like to talk over your plans with someone from the Digital Learning Team please get in touch via digital@ea.edin.sch.uk.

Sync and Charge up to 7 iOS Devices

We’ve been using this Belkin 7-port powered hub to sync and charge our iPads. We bought it from Insight for the grand total of £7.47 ex VAT. Click here to see the hub on insight. It can take up to 7 devices at once and even thought the iPad says ‘not charging’, it is. The hub has to be plugged in to power and also a computer to work. It’s done the job for us fine.