Parents: Purchasing Apps for Your Child

app-storeTeachers will ask students to download certain apps to their iPads to maximize the educational productivity and creativity of their learning device. Many of the apps are free but there will be certain apps that will need to be purchased (no more than US$80/year). See iPad Learning @ SIS

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about apps your child is asked to download.

Two ways you can purchase paid apps for your child:

> Gifting a dollar amount (via iOS device, Mac or PC)
> Gifting an app (via iOS device, Mac or PC)
*please note that these methods are not available in all stores (based on country)
**If your child’s Apple ID is connected to the China Apple store you can add money from a Chinese bank account

iTunes: Sending iTunes Gifts



iTunes: How to set up an Apple ID within iTunes

Create an iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store account without a credit card or other payment method (this is an option if you want to create an Apple ID and then add a payment method at a later time)

iTunes Store: Accepted forms of payment

For Apple IDs set up in China Apple Store

iTunes Store: How to set up a bank card and add money to your account in China
On the App Store in China, you can choose to use a Chinese bank card to add store credit to your App Store account (Apple ID). You can’t use store credit to gift items to others, and you can’t use store credit you add to your App Store account to purchase items from the Apple Online Store.

Parents: Apple ID Information

Apple-IdAn Apple ID is necessary for students to add apps to their iPad for educational productivity and creativity purposes. An Apple ID provides access to the iTunes App Store and also allows for other device management options (i.e. iCloud, Find my iPad).

If your child’s Apple ID was created at school…

Student Apple ID and password > 

Your child’s Apple ID was created using their SIS email address and they created a strong password to use with it. Please have them share this with you can keep the information in a safe place. Your child’s homeroom teacher also has this information as well.

(*If you leave SIS, you can change your child’s Apple ID to a non-SIS email. Instructions at Changing your Apple ID )

My Apple ID > You can check and update information about your child’s Apple ID at My Apple ID

Security Questions > Each Apple ID is required to have 3 security questions as an added measure of security and verification. Your child’s teacher will have a copy of their questions and answers. These can be changed through My Apple ID. (If you change the questions and/or answers, please inform your child’s teacher.) 

Rescue Email >
Students were asked to provide a rescue email used in case of issues with passwords or security questions. In most cases this was a parent or student’s non-SIS email address. A verification notice was sent to the rescue email address (see image).

rescue email verification 

**Please check the email of the rescue email address and click on Verify now and enter your child’s Apple ID and password**

Address and Phone number>
If an address and phone number were not provided on the Apple ID information used to set up your child’s Apple ID, a generic address and phone number were entered (often the address and phone number of an Apple store in the country indicated). You can update or revise this information through My Apple ID.


Adding a Category to Multiple Posts

craft drawersYou have had quite the year with blogging and have made numerous posts throughout the year. Since our Share @ SIS blogs are meant to move with you through your years at SIS, I would highly recommend that you categorize all your posts for this year into a ‘Grade #” category. (Of course, you would replace ‘#’ with your current grade) It’s quite an easy process and I’ve included a tutorial video and a PDF of instructions.

Assign Category to Multiple Posts

If you are unable to view the video via You Tube below, click here to open video file.


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Edublogs Blogging Challenge: Week 10 Part A Highlights

Two Bloggers, after Norman Rockwell
Week 10A: Great Blogs

This week, the final week of the challenge, Miss W asks, “What makes a great blog?” Of course, a great blog has relevant and engaging posts, but what else? Miss W suggests we also consider the layout of the blog and whether sidebars, widgets and colors enhance the reading experience or distract the reader.

This week’s challenge is the opportunity for you to nominate a blog for the 11th annual Edublogs Awards. (Check out the 2013 nominees and winners for best student blog and best classroom blog)

Find some great blogs (you may already have some in mind)
       Need some ideas?
March 2014 Student Challenge Flipboard Magazine
Blogging Challenge Student Blogs List
Blogging Challenge Classroom Blogs List

Nominate one student blog and/or one classroom blog
  *you cannot nominate your own blog!

In order for your nomination to count, you MUST do the following:

1. Write a post on your blog nominating one blog.

2. Give reasons for the nomination, why you think it is a great blog.

3. In your post, include a link to the blog of the person you are nominating.

4. When you have published your post go to the original “Great Blogs” post on the Edublogs Challenge to fill in the form at the bottom of the post. (Your nomination will not count, unless you fill in the form)

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Edublogs Blogging Challenge: Week 9 Highlights

Just another potted plant
Week 9: Doing My Best

This week’s blog challenge is based on what you’ve learned from this blogging challenge by writing a blog post…that simple! Check out the original post for Week 9 for the post topics and expectations. 

**Please note that one of the essentials for a good blog post is a “catchy title”. The title of post should reflect the content of the post. Avoid making references to the blogging challenge in the title. However, if you want to let your readers know about its connection to the blogging challenge you could include that in the introduction (including hyperlinks to the challenge). 


for March 2014 Student Challenge (Edublogs Challenge)
> to have a post or activity you’ve done for the Edublogs Challenge considered for their Flipboard Magazine, you must leave a comment on the original Edublogs Challenge post (for that week) with a link to the post on your blog. 

for Blogging @ Parkside Flipboard Magazine
> See the post on Geckos Go Digital for the details and guidelines for a Quality Post and then email Ms. Beabout the link to your post. (


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Edublogs Blogging Challenge: Week 8 Highlights

Spider KidWeek 8: Schooling

This week Miss W. points out that…

There are many different types of schools around the world. Most of the students in the challenge go to a government or public school, I think. But some are homeschooled like Warrior Kat and Ghost Soldier. Visit their school blog written by their mother. We have some students go to specific religious schools yet others go to international schools.

This week’s activity options include posts (based on prompts & questions), surveys, photo collages and interviews related to school. Some of the activities include interesting links or videos about schools and students around the world for inspiration. Check out the original post for Week 8 for more details about activity options.


Preparation for the Commenting Game started last week and begins this week. (See Week 7 Highlights)

The main thing you need before starting is a blog roll on your side bar with at least 5 other (non-SIS) student blogs linked.

Game rules for COUNT OUT THREE

Here are the instructions:

  1. Click on a blog on the student list – count one
  2. Now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
  3. Finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three
  4. Leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.
  5. Repeat process at least three times


Optional Activity: Write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on so that student gets a pingback or trackback.

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Edublogs Blogging Challenge: Week 7 Highlights

Lead the way, my friend.
Week 7: Leadership and Commenting Game Prep

This week’s activities are related to leadership. See Miss W’s original post for Week 7 for activity options. 

Prepare for next week’s COMMENTING GAME! 

One of the main reasons for the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge is the opportunity for interaction with other students and classrooms around the world through commenting. Use the list below to prepare for participation in the game! (Looking at the list, you should only need to take care of a few items to be ready!)

 To take part in this game, all classes and students will need the following:

•  a user avatar if possible

• an ‘about me’ PAGE

• a clustrmap or flag counter widget

• at least four interesting posts – could be topics of your choice not necessarily from the challenge

• your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar with 10 comments as the choice*

• your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice *
*Go into Widgets on your Dashboard to change the settings on Recent Comments and Recent Posts widgets

• Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar or pages in the header

posts categorized or tagged to make it easier to find interesting posts on each blog

• at least 10 student and/or classes linked on your blogroll

• at least three overseas blogs on your blogroll

The more students or classes you have linked on your blog, the more fun the game will be. The most important of these are the links to other student blogs on your sidebar. Try to have a couple of different headings like

My Friends
Class Blogs
Overseas Blogs

Instructions for Adding a Blogroll (List of Links) to Your Side Bar


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