I found the information and videos to be very straightforward and functional. I learned how to synchronize the iPad (I have for the summer) with my computer. In august, I’ll be coming back to watch this video again but I know it will be much easier to set up the rest of the iPads. I also learned how to manage the home screen and that there are up to 11 pages available for apps. Finally, I’ve been playing with the iPad and downloading a few educational applications based on the SBISD database for apps.
In regards to managing the devices, I plan to apply suggestions I acquired from the Teacher U course Technology for little hands. I’m going to incorporate the devices in workstations such as literacy, math and bilingual centers. I also want create different folders and arrange apps according to their subject/objective. Other things I’m going to keep in mind are:
Ø Setting up general restrictions such as “adding” or “deleting” apps. ( remembering to go back and change these when adding/deleting apps)
Ø Setting up a technology area.
Ø Designating a helper to keep track of devices and chargers.
Ø Begin the year teaching how to use the devices in small groups. (1st month- routines only)