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This device probably needs no introduction nowadays, but it is a tablet computer made by Apple that was first introduced in 2010. It is now on its 3rd version. They are becoming increasingly more popular in schools as a mobile teaching/learning device. The can run apps, access the internet, record sound and much more. The 2nd and 3rd versions of the iPad feature forward and rear facing cameras which can be used for video or stills.
Any mobile device, when used effectively on a one-to-one basis, provides an opportunity for independent and personalised learning. A growing number of schools around the county are using iPads in the classroom, mainly at primary level. Because of the wide range of apps available, and the functionality of the iPad, there is a wide range of potential uses, for example:
Important information about App licencing
Please note that it is NOT the case that schools can legally purchase an app just once and sync it to all the devices they own, if those devices are going to be used by more than one person. The Volume Licencing system for iPad / iPad apps has yet to be introduced into the UK (it exists in the USA) so there is currently no easy way to manage multiple app purchases from a single iTunes account, but it is hoped that this system will be introduced soon. This does not, of course, apply to free apps which may be downloaded to one iTunes account and synced to multiple devices (providing the terms and conditions of the individual app permit this.)
Methods of purchasing apps multiple times include multiple iTunes accounts or gifting the apps to each device.
Information about how you can set up iTunes accounts without a credit card can be found here:
An “App” is a program that runs on the iPad (or other device.) They are downloadable from the Apple App Store, either directly to the device or to a computer running iTunes, from where the app can be copied over to the devices.
Many apps are free and prices for paid-for apps start at 69p. There are hundreds of thousands of apps available and around 67,000 of these are categorised under education (June 2012.)
Finding suitable apps can be difficult simply because there are so many to choose from. There are some useful independent sites on the web that review and suggest useful apps for education use (see additional information below.)
To get started, you might want to look at this list, which also includes links to other sites.
If you know any apps that are excellent for education, please contact Chris Carter to let him know! Please include details of how you use it in your school. Thank you.
In order to effectively introduce the use of iPads into your school, you should consider these points:
The iPod Touch is a smaller touch-screen device which is similar to the iPad in many ways. Because of its smaller size (4.4” x 2.32”) it is more mobile than an iPad, and it also features the camera and voice recorder functionality (4th generation models.) It lends itself well to very mobile applications, and game/quiz style activities such as mental maths practice. It does not lend itself so well to ‘higher end’ applications such as video editing and creating multimedia digital books. It is, of course, also not so easy to share one between two, for example. Much of the information on this page, including the essential considerations, also applies to iPod Touch devices.
There number of Apple education specialist resellers in the UK that deal directly with schools. They can also supply multi-charging and syncing units, Mac Mini Servers etc.
iPad information from Apple:
iPod information from Apple:
Appslist with links to other sites that suggest educational apps:
SITSS iPad/iPod setup service. Get your devices fully set up and ready to use in the classroom:
If you are interested in finding out more about the use of iPads or iPods, please contact:
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