Thursday, 27 December 2012

Module 4 - Working with Files

How can we get them to talk?

One of the features of using a range of Apple devices both for professional and personal use is the ability to have your devices synced to enable the sharing of files.

This portion of the module been an important one to be clear about as my colleague and I have used our knowledge to lead new adopters on staff through the basics of using an iPad. While many people are aware of the nature of saving into a virtual location - it became apparent that it is vital to be clear about the features of cloud computing (Cloudshare - CEO VLE).

Another point to ponder is how to instruct students to manage their files also. My school is embarked on iPad implementation program in Term 4 2012 - 10iPads per classroom K-4 with Stage 3 going to 1:1 in 2013. The issue arises with school-owned devices for students to have a suitable location to store files. As we move further along into Cloudshare  and students receive their own email addresses, they will be able to use Google Drive, class blog and/or digital portfolio created in app such as Evernote or Dropbox. An iPad is an intuitive device and you are able to move files effortlessly from it is required.

Google Drive
As this year has progressedI have commenced integrating Google apps into my use of iPads in the classroom and for my own use. It has become apparent that the corporate sector has been using these Google-based apps, particularly Docs, for many years and due to the collaborative nature, they will be useful in education.

As I have become further involved with staff PD around iPads and Cloudsharing, I realised that I needed an app / program to help me create documents to help staff with step-by-step instructions and ideally to save these in iBooks (same as this course!) neu.Annotate allows the user to create new and edit existing documents on an iPad.

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