Friday, January 31, 2014

Airwatch and iOS 7 Downloading Procedures

Airwatch is a powerful MDM (mobile device management) tool. With the most recent upgrade between Airwatch and iOS, there was an understanding that password boxes would disappear when attempting to download apps to a class set of devices.

After further investigation, I have found that this only works with apps that are already in the classroom accounts. So the desired application must already be in the account in order to push it out through Airwatch to all the devices without an Apple ID password box appearing.

The password box limits my ability to recommend new apps and distribute them in a timely manner. So here is the protocol that I have come up with in order streamline the process.

1. Download the desired app on a student device.
2. a. While the description of the app is open, click on the export button and email me the link to the app so that I know the name of the app and can find it on Airwatch. Please also specify the teacher name.
    b. If you would rather not have me take care of Airwatch for you, skip part "a" and log into Airwatch and download it to your devices.

If I email you about an app that is free for a short time, please follow the protocol:
1. Forward my email to a student iPad.
2. Open the link to the app on the student iPad.
3. Download the app.
4. Press the export button on the description.
5. Email me your class name and let me know you are ready.

I also made a video description if you would like to have the process in more detail:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Khan Academy

Khan Academy  has been around for several years now, but I unfortunately had neglected to promote it too much to my teachers. This is partially to my districts adoption of Everyday Math. Khan academy does not always lend itself as helpful. However, a few teachers recently contacted me about extra resources for students not mastering a skill. Khan Academy can help in that department.

It is for students third grade on up that provides instructional videos for concepts in mathematics, science, social studies, and the humanities. For elementary teachers, this would provide opportunities for differentiated instruction as students can independently learn and master concepts above or below grade level.

Teachers could implement this two ways. First they could just send recommended videos to students when they need to supplement a lesson. Second they could create student accounts and monitor students progress as they participate in Khan Academy. If you are interested in creating student accounts and managing/monitoring student progress through the site, Khan Academy provides an entire list of things to do to get through the process. 

Check out the website.  If you have an iPad, check out the app.

Let me know if you want to jump into it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scribble Press: Elementary App Management

Scribble Press happens to be one of my favorite all-time applications for the iPad. Unfortunately, it is too robust to function on the iPod Touch. Two years ago, I came across this app when it was free. At the beginning of this year, the app turned up to be a paid app. In East Noble School Corporation, we had some trouble accessing the apps that we had downloaded when they were previously free through Airwatch (mobile device management tool). Due to many changes made in Airwatch, my teachers can once again have students utilize this tool.

Students can be extremely creative as they make their own digital books that can be shared among their entire class and read in iBooks or straight from Scribble Press. In order to export these text, an account has to be created. In the past, students had created their own accounts. However, the terms of service has changed and they no longer allow students under the age of 13 to have an account. I created this video to recommend a different way of managing the application by way of using one teacher account. That way students can create and export books and the school can remain compliant with COPPA.

Here is how I recommend managing the application:

I also made a tutorial on how to make books within Scribble Press. This one I made for Mrs. Gaines when she was teaching in East Noble. Even though I reference her class, the video will still work. Her second graders were able to follow it and had very few issues operating the application.