Sunday, December 17, 2017

Apple Classroom Works for You: Managing iPads in your classroom

If you have not yet tapped into the power of Apple Classroom in your classroom, it is time to see what is possible. Take a few minutes to see what this powerful tool can offer in the way of supporting classroom management of iPads.

Apple Classroom, probably better named Apple Classroom Manager, is a tool that allows teachers to see what is happening on all student iPads in their classroom, to open apps, websites, and files on student devices, and to lock specific students, groups, or an entire class into apps (or just lock down the iPad while you provide instruction).

Apple Classroom does not replace Google Classroom or Blackboard. It is a different tool serving a different purpose for teachers.

Getting started is the most technical part using the tool, and even that is a quick setup. The good news is we have plenty of guides and tutorials to get you started with Apple Classroom in a short time.

Learn How to Create Rosters

Our blog post for creating rosters in Apple Classroom is all you need to get started with Apple Classroom in the School District of Waukesha.  Class lists can be created for unique groups of students manually, or educators can use the Intranet Casper Focus tool to create classes based on the course rosters in Infinite Campus.

Either way, you can create Apple Classroom courses today, and be ready to use them within 48 hours with students.

Using Apple Classroom with Students

There are only four things needed to use Apple Classroom with Students:

  1. Students must be in class rosters, and the teacher must be assigned to that roster (see above)
  2. Teachers must be on the iPad with bluetooth turned on, and students must have bluetooth turned on
  3. Teachers must download the Apple Classroom app from Self Service on their iPad (not students)
  4. Students must be within the immediate vicinity of the teacher (approximately 40 ft. or less)
With those criterion met, you can begin taking control of your 1:1 iPad environment, feel empowered by knowing what is happening on student devices, and get excited about all of the ways you can use technology to support student learning.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Call For Presenters!

Avast, Ye Mateys!

It is time to submit your proposals for a One Conference session. We are calling for "All Hands on Deck!" Less than 2 weeks left,  proposals due by 12/18.

Join us on January 22nd and share how you are implementing technology in your classroom.  The waters are calm and shark-free.  Come and share your experiences with fellow staff members as we become a stronger crew rowing in the same direction.

Set sail for our pirating future and submit your proposal here!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Learn what's new in Google Calendar - Calendar Help

Google Calendar Launches a New Interface!

Have you clicked that Use new Calendar button on your Google Calendar? Wonder how to manage your schedule in the new interface?

The "New" Google Calendar was designed to give you more information about your meetings and appointments right from your calendar. With just a glance you can see who has responded with their availability, where the event is being held, and even respond to the invite. Save clicks by not having to dig into every event to get the pertinent information! You can even create events much faster in the new interface.

Learn more about the new calendar and how to configure your settings here:
Learn what's new in Google Calendar - Calendar Help