1:1 iPads for Grades 4 through 6

It’s been both an exciting and hectic week @ SIS!  Over the last few days every student in grades 4 through 6 has been issued a personally managed iPad to support their learning.  Even though it’s only been a few days we’ve already seen students using their new devices in both thoughtful and imaginative ways.  Mind-mapping tools like Popplet have become very popular while other students have begun documenting and sharing their learning with apps like Skitch and Evernote.  We look forward to working with both students and teachers over the coming months as they continue on their journey with the iPad.  It’s an exciting time to be a learner @ SIS!

Basic iPad Workflow

IMG_8407With the integration of iPads at SIS, a basic iPad workflow needs to be established. At this point in time, most students have only a few free apps; however, several options for distributing and collecting assignments are available:


Distribution of Assignments and Assessments:

Collection of Student Work:

  • Have the students respond to work on the SIS wiki.
  • Have the students attach the assignment in an email.
  • Have the students post their responses to assignments on the WordPress Blog.
  • Have the students share the file/folder back with you using a shared network drive that you will be able access:

Dropbox: If you want students to edit material and return it to you, they will need to set-up a Dropbox account. Click here for complete directions on how to set-up a Dropbox account.

DROPitTOme (limited to sending pictures and video on the iPad): This is a connected feature of Dropbox and will allow students to drop an assignment in your drop box folder through clicking on a link and entering a password. On a laptop, all types of files can be uploaded, but on the iPad the file choices are limited to items saved to the camera roll or photo stream. This is a great option for media assignments (Popplets can be saved as jpegs or even have the students take a screen shot of short written work, or have them record a video response) This is my Dropittome link: http://www.dropitto.me/KatieKruse. Upload code: sistechnology. Give it a try from your iPad and see how easy it is. Click here complete directions on how to set-up a DROPitTOme account.

Evernote:  If you have an Evernote account, you can set-up specific assignment folders to which the students can email the assignments directly by using your special evernote email address and a designated tag in the subject line. Video files, audio files, pictures and documents can all be emailed directly into designated folders. See here for more complete instructions.

One of my first assignments after the iPad rollout was to show the students how to send a variety of class assignments to me. Check out my detailed assignment here.

~ Katie Kruse

Workshops for Parents

Our second coffee workshop for parents will be held 8:30AM, Wed 12 December @ Parkside Campus.

Come along if you want to learn more about the iPad and how you can support your child’s learning.

These sessions are designed to be responsive to the needs of parents so bring your questions with you!

iPad expectations for students

Here are a few key points regarding your iPad use at home and school.  

1. Charge your iPad every night.  It should have 100% charge when you bring it to school each day.  An uncharged iPad means you’re not ready to participate in learning.

2. Talk to your parent or guardian each night about how you’re using the iPad.  Show them the apps you are using and what you have created in class.  Your Apple ID and email password must be shared with your parents/guardian.

3. Take care of your iPad!  Always hold it carefully with two hands.  Take care when placing your bag down.  Never leave your iPad unattended – it’s 100% your responsibility.

4. You are not to use your iPad at recess or lunch times.  There may be times in the future that this is allowed but not at this stage.

5. Only install apps as designated by your teacher or parent.  This may change in the future once we are sure you’re using your iPad effectively.

Your teacher(s) and parents may have some additional rules about iPad usage.  You must adhere to these at all times.  The iPad is a powerful learning tool when used correctly and we want to ensure all students are making the most of their device.

Creating a free Apple ID

If your child already has a personal Apple ID you do not need to create another one.  We advise against sharing your own Apple ID with your child as this can cause issues with syncing of data, iCloud backup and downloading of content.


1.  If your child doesn’t have a personal email account, create a new one (E.g. Gmail).  While this is their personal email account you should still have access to the password.

2.  Install or open iTunes on your Mac or PC.

3. Click the iTunes Store button on the left side of the screen

4. If you already have an Apple ID,  check which country it is located in.  It’s preferable that your child’s account is also in the same store.

5.  If you already have a personal Apple ID also ensure you sign out of this account on your Mac or PC.  You can sign back in after this process is complete.

6.  Create a free Apple ID that uses the new email address.  You will need to enter your personal details as the account holder must be over 13 years of age.  Please use your home address from your country of origin.  This will help ensure both you and your child have the same AppStore.

If Apple blocks the new account visit the contact apple support page and choose iTunes > iTunes Store > Account Management > “Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons”.  You can then click the email icon and copy/paste the text below:

“This new Apple ID is being used for a (insert nationality here) student at Shekou International School in Shenzhen, China.  The school is working with the local Apple Education Account Executive to roll out 1:1 iPad.  Can you please unblock this account.”

7.  Alternatively, you can create a Chinese iTunes Account with your Chinese address using the same link above.  This will be missing a small amount of content but will still be highly useful.

Please ensure both you and your child have the username/password for the email account and Apple ID.  We will enable “Parental Controls” on the iPad to assist in providing a safe experience for your child.  If you need any assistance at all please ask your child to visit a genius bar at either Parkside or Bayside.  The eSupport team will be very happy to help.

Seeing Double

Here is a way to make an image more meaningful in your classroom. This quick “how to” is on Aurasma Lite iOS App. This will allow you to have multiple viewings on multiple iPads. Its all about the location.

Exploring flipped learning

When Tu Anh Gilmore began investigating flipped learning with her senior math class she didn’t expect it to have such an immediate impact. Students responded with positive feedback:

“This video really helped me a lot to understand better!”

“As I wrote on my goal setting sheet, since I am a visual learner, specific step-by-step procedure like this really really helps me a lot! And it really does look like professional math tutor videos like Khan Academy ones”.

“Thank You so much for making this video for us! And I can’t believe that no one in our class (which includes myself…) could think of drawing the perpendicular line.. “

Students also responded positively to the ability to pause/rewind content and Tu Anh is now working with her classes to showcase their own learning using showme.com

Tu Anh’s first Showme below: