As I spend my evening at home syncing 14 new apps to the iPads and making sure they are all charged to 100%, I was thinking that I couldn’t imagine dealing with 30 iPads (a full class set). The amount of time needed to do the ongoing maintenance and updating of the iPads is something a school would need to consider. There needs to be a staff member or members that are willing to take on the logistics of the iPads.
Some colleagues and I visited Elsie Roy Elementary in Vancouver to see how they were managing their iPads and iPod Touches. Turns out they have two high school students that come afterschool to do much of the syncing and charging. I can see how this would be very helpful and there are always techie students looking for service hours I am sure.
Our school has already looked into one of the storage units for the iPads (for when we purchase our own) which includes charging which would be great to just return them there at the end of each day and know that they’ll be charged by the morning. As it is, I am using so many of my outlets at home and have my sons running around checking on each iPad’s charging status! I have one power bar which helps (takes 3 chargers only – the charging units are a weird shape) but I should probably invest in a couple more.
Searching for apps and syncing them is another time consuming task. I think that once more educators are using iPads with their students, more lists will be generated and shared. It’s nice to have something to start with. One list was created by Eric Sailers for Special Education students but is a helpful starting document for schools, especially elementary schools. You can find the document HERE.
New apps I added today included: The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who (in honour of Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week), Fractions App, Mousefish, TimesTable Lite, Kids Time Fun, Animation Creator, Greek Mythology Gods, The Strange and Wonderful World of Ants, Learning Tables is Fun HD, Mabel Goes to the Moon (lite), My First Interactive Book: Little Red Riding Hood, Astrojammies (lite) and My First Weighing Exercises.