Category: Technology

28 Aug


Integrating an iPad into your Teaching? Get Started the Right Way (Part 3)


Choose wisely!

As you set about choosing the type of computer you will sync your iPad with, take iTunes into consideration.  Since any iOS device out there is forever dependent on iTunes, making sure that the application works well is a really smart thing to do.

Assuming you have access to a Mac OS X computer and a Windows 7 computer that you can choose between, I’m going to save you the trouble of experimenting….

… sync with your … Mac.

Experience has taught me, computer after computer, regardless of specs, iTunes performs FAR better on a Mac than on a Windows machine.

07 Aug


Integrating an iPad into your Teaching? Get Started the Right Way (Part 2)


Choose a strong password

Today brings part two in our series of tips for getting started with integrating an iPad your teaching.  While part one of the series began with the advise to use a personal, non-ISP based email address for your Apple ID, today’s tip continues with initial setup.

Choosing a strong password is import when setting up anything that requires a minimum level of security.  When the possibility of accruing a (possibly huge) bill looms, a strong password becomes essential.

A strong password should not be obvious, no matter how well an individual knows you.  If a person could possibly guess your password based on what he or she knows of you, it is not a good choice.  Put simply, avoid using things like your child’s name, your birthday or your favorite color as your password.

Strong passwords are completely random or psuedo-random strings of numbers, symbols and upper and lower case characters.  An example of  a random password might be:


An example of a psuedo-random password, based on a (made up) birthday of 07/13/56 and child’s name of Douglas, might be:


Got any additional tips you’d like to leave for fellow educators new to the world of iPad’s?  Let us know in the comments below.

04 Aug


Integrating an iPad into your Teaching? Get Started the Right Way (Tip #1)


These steps will help you get off on the right foot with your new iPad

Were you lucky enough to get a new iPad this summer?  Has your school has began supplying them for teachers?  Regardless, as you begin preparing to use the new iPad for the first time here is the first of many tips to help you get off on the right foot.

When choosing an email address to use with your Apple ID, assuming you have the option, don’t use your school email address.  Also, don’t use the email address provided by your home internet service provider.  Instead, use an email address associated with a reputable service provider like Google or Yahoo.  The reason is simple – your Apple ID will be associated with the email address you provide when registering.  If you ever transition from one school to another or change internet service providers, you may no longer have access to your Apple ID.  Access to any apps purchased while using the Apple ID associated with the old email address may no longer be possible .

Again, it is my recommendation to use a non-school, non-home ISP email address when setting up an Apple ID for the first time.


I do want to clarify that should you use a school or ISP based email address, you won’t automatically lose access to your apps if you have to set up a new device or reset.  If you are using a school email address, using a personal email address helps to clarify ownership of the app license should there be a need to do so.

Got any tips for your fellow teacher?  Let us know in the comments!