One of the big issues I get asked a lot about is iPads in the classrooms. “How do we set them up?” “How are they managed?” “How do I purchase apps?” “Can I purchase apps personally and set them up on my iPad at school?” The list goes on and on. It can be a very daunting task to try and tackle all this information. To assist schools with all these issues we have come up with a few solutions. First the Instructional Technology Department will be holding a few classes this summer on how to set up and manage iPads at a school. There are many variations on how schools can implement iPads on their campus and we will cover as many options as possible in a workshop environment to demonstrate to schools the possibilities that exist when thinking about rolling out large quantities of iPads.
Another way we plan to get some help out there is by having a few of our experienced schools share what they are doing with everyone at the GRITC conference. We do have a few schools with very large implementations and what we are learning from them is really helping everyone. We have made arrangements for key people at those schools to share their processes with everyone at the summer conference.
One other exciting plan we have is a class this summer on video creation and editing using an iPad. We plan to give participants a chance to create a movie during the workshop using only the iPad. The classes we plan to offer will be listed in the SARIC booklet and are likely to fill up very fast. The sessions at GRITC will will also fill up quickly so if you are interested in the iPad you’ll want to sign up early.