Thinking about using the iPads in September

One of the real issues we have in OM is that we can’t store all of the work produced by students and because students work in different groups for each new unit, students do not have a complete set of their own work.

I have decide to use either noteshelf or notes plus so that for each unit, students can produce an eportfolio of work. Both of these apps will let them keep record of everything they do as work done on paper etc can be photographed and added to their notes.

I was concerned that students would always have to use the same iPad as they had used previously so that they have access to their notes. However, over the weekend, I had a bit of a play and if each student has their own dropbox account, they will be able to access their work from any ipad or computer as both apps export notes as pdf files.

The only problem I can see now, is that students will need access to their school emails straight away at the start of September so that they can use these to set up their Dropbox account in the first couple of lessons the first week back. Last year they didn’t get their email addresses for quite a while.


Thinking about how to use different apps in lessons

Because we are going to have the iPads to use in class from September, I am starting to look at schemes of work now to see how we can adapt things and incorporate the iPads into most lessons.

One of the things that became very apparent straight away was that if students are going to use apps such as iannotate PDF then they need access to the pdf files etc. Having thought about using a blog to store the documents etc, I finally decided on a wiki as the layout seemed to be better suited to what I need.

As I am going through the schemes I am adding things to the wiki so that staff and students can use it in lessons. As well as using it to store documents, I am also adding QR codes to it, so that students do not have to type in long site addresses.

To make things even easier for staff and students, I am going to make some posters with a QR code with the wiki’s website address within it, so students only have to scan that to get straight to the wiki. I think QR codes are genius!!

It’s early days yet, but if you go here and then click on introduction to OM, you will see the things we need to use in the first couple of lessons. (sorry, for some reason, I can’t get the hyper links to work on this blog, so you will either have to type the address in, or use the QR code below).