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How do I sync a classroom set of iPads?Device ConfigurationBest Practice
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Issues between Apple and other vendors in connecting wirelessly? MLInfrastructureNetworkYes
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What are some of the ways to manage iPads in terms of managing assets/inventory, etc.? What systems will help manage inventory? Library system or MDM?InfrastructureAsset TaggingYesIn Salem-Keizer, we have a homegrown inventory application that allows us to track assets district-wide. That includes all iDevices in the district.
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What are some strategies for preventing loss or theft of iPads? Find My iPad Management through MDM; currently Apple does not allow 3rd party vendors to do this; can Find My iPad be locked down? MLDevice ConfigurationMDMYes
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What to use as Apple ID? Best PracticesApple ID ManagementYesIn Salem-Kiezer we don't yet have a 1:1 deployment so all Apple accounts are set up by group numbers. A group can be a single device or many. Our account naming policy follows this pattern: iOS-SchoolNumber-GroupNumber. My account is iOS-022-11 so I'm the 11th group in the technology department.
We chose to use group accounts instead of personal accounts so that if a teacher moved, the apps purchased by the school stayed at the school. Also, apps selected (paid and free) by an English teacher would stay with the English group account but the devices could be used by a Science teacher using a different account (with sufficient time in between to reset the devices).
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How can homework/assignment workflow be managed? MLBest PracticesClassroom ManagementYes
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Who should manage iPads--teachers or IT?Best PracticesEducation Volume Purchasing Program (EVPP)YesFacilitators
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How do I find good apps? MLBest PracticesInstructional Use
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Where do I get inexpensive head set microphones?
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What are some classroom management strategies for launching an iPad classroom--e.g. how to physically distritube ipads for each class, how to store headphones, etc.?Best PracticesBest PracticeYes
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Why might someone choose web-based apps over tablet-based apps?Best PracticesInstructional UseYesIn 2013, there are many web2.0 websites using programming languages (like Java and Flash) to provide services. These don't work on iPads, and the ability of other tablets to use website-based services effectively is uneven.

Some companies that have an interactive web2.0 website have created an app that will manipulate the website, but most still rely "computers" (and not tablets) to interact. Tablets can view these sites, but generally not create/interact with them.
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Teacher-purchased vs Institution-purchased appsBest Practices/Device ConfigurationBest Practice/MDMYes
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Teacher use vs. Student use of iPadsBest Practices/Device ConfigurationBest Practice/MDMYes
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AUP and policies for mobiles/BYODBest PracticesBest PracticeYes
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Where can one find high-quality digital content?Best PracticesBest Practice/Instructional Use Yes
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How do I display what's on my iPad?Infrastructure/Best PracticesInfrastructure/Best PracticesYes
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How can my school implement a badge system to reward/recognize student achievement?Best PracticesBest Practices??
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What ARE the questions that districts should be asking/addressing as they plan for tablets/ipads?Best PracticesInstructional Use/Best PracticesYes
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How do I get started, beyond basic set-up, with one-to-one or two-to-one devices?Best PracticesInstructional UseYes
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How can I track my own successes & failures in order to change my instructional practice? (action research help)Best PracticesInstructional UseYes
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How do I connect to a data projector?There a couple of different ways to project to a data projector from an iPad.

You can purchase a VGA adapter that connects to your iPad. This works for all iPads except the first generation iPad.

If you want to connect to a data projector wirelessly, you can take advantage of AirPlay, a feature includes with the latest OS and iOS and Apple TV. This setup only works with iPad 2 and newer and all video and sound are mirrored wirelessly to any TV or projector that is connected via HDMI from the Apple TV. You need to be on the same wireless network for the two devices to communicate. Once you are connected to the Apple TV, double-click the Home button, swipe all the way to the right, and select AirPlay Mirroring.
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What is the fastest/most efficient way to deploy an iDevice?Infrastructure, Best PracticesDevice configuration/Network, DeploymentYes
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How do I manage Apple IDs for my devices?Best PracticesApple ID Managementyes
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What is the Digital Learning Collaborative and why should I care? Best PracticesThe Digital Learning Collaborative is an open community for school and district administrators, educators, instructional technology coordinators and IT support staff to ask questions share successes, network with others and collaboratively create solutions that suport student learning in our schools. Real solutions to real problems!
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Why tablets rather than netbooks or laptops?
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How are other districts managing student information with regards to outside vendors? For example, setting up student accounts (for students under 13) with Evernote or Snacktools. See question 50.Best Practices
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Should I update to iOS 6?
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What is the best way to asset tag these things? see question 5
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Who sets up the account? The techs or the end user?Best PracticesApple Account ManagementYesIn Salem-Keizer, the tech department sets up every account according to a predetermined process and gives the email account, the Apple account, and the password to the end user.
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Is buying a wireless keyboard necessary?
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What are the best ways to secure the devices to prevent theft?
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How do I distribute files (handouts) to the devices during class? (i.e., not during a sync)
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How do I answer the security questions during account setup so that someone else knows the answer if I leave?Best PracticesApple Account ManagementWe use do our best to answer questions in a way the relates to the school building. For example, we use the school name for the best friend name, teacher for dream job, school address for the street you grew up on.
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My office manager sent me a code for an app. What do I go to redeem that?Best PracticesEVPP/redeem codesyes
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What limitations does the Keynote app have in regards to display of Keynote and Powerpoint presentations?
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What are some of the foundational practices that should exist in schools and classrooms before iPads are deployed?Similar to laptops, deploying iPads in classrooms requires some up-front policies and practices, including parent and community buy-in, acceptable use plans, periodic (at least annual) instruction on internet safety and media literacy, and behavior management strategies. Additionally, establishing routines such as washing hands when entering the classroom, always carrying iPads with two hands, and a routine for storage and recharging iPads makes classrooms run more smoothly.
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What are some of the foundational practices that should exist in schools and classrooms before iPads are deployed? There is a nice planning implementation guide put out by Palm Beach Schools. It talks about visioning, budget, apps, training, set up and roll out. https://docs.google.com/a/oetc.org/viewer?a=v&q=cache:qit-4TeqrLIJ:palmbeachschooltalk.com/documentsharing/Document_Sharing/Main_files/iPad%2520Implementation%2520Planning%2520Worksheet%2520Reduced.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgMXbkd-AeWmvBb0aC1L4cs01RdVqaS4JYwGhWsyQPkzn6sBDvf3tIAPTjrQgLWN_2HHGyCHuaPZqwdH8_Hpq7wwRlrB-pprJsT8CLB1nhH9FUp4-JU8zubSWcQ6tUzOiXfY4hM&sig=AHIEtbQ4ANAUqp7WTSaRhakuJqDycQBpIA
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How often should I update the apps on my devices?
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How do I push out photos from my teacher iPad to my students' iPads?
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How do I structure EVPP in my district? Who holds each of the roles?Best PracticesEVPP/ManagementyesIn Salem-Keizer, the manager in EVPP is the office manager in the Technology department. There is one EVPP facilitator at each school that's usually the office manager (since they have access to the school's credit card).
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Where could I find resources to address cyberbullying wiith students?Best PracticesCommon Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit
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What's your best ideas to help teachers with iPad accountability problems with the students.("accountability problems" needs to be defined)
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What is the best way to share class sets of iPads within a building, in regards to saving work on the device?
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What is the best way for my students to share/turn-in work created on their iPads so that I may assess it and return? See question 8
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Can I use Google Apps with my iPad?
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Should I take a device to be repaired to Apple or a local repair shop? Weighing cost of new iPad vs. cost of repair
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Can our district engrave our iPads?
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What does a school have to do to be CIPA, FERPA, and COPPA compliant? See question 28.
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What are some of the best covers to use with the iPad?
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Where do I buy Microsoft Office for the iPad?
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When is the cheapest price not always the cheapest cost?
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How do I create a local Digital Learning Collaborative group to discuss local issues?
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Are any schools or districts using the Nexus 7 in the classroom?
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What is tagging and why is it important?
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How do instructional methods with mobile devices differ from desktop and laptop instructional methods?
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