Welcome to the iPod & iPad User Group Wiki



We welcome you to our wiki and blog for supporting iPod & iPad devices in education. Although our focus is K-12, many of the techniques should work for you at any level and with any number of devices. On the wiki side of this site are the deployment and management articles, and on the blog side, you will find the action research projects and classroom activities (written primarily by teachers) where iPods and iPads are supporting academic achievement for our students. Further, we have posted videos that were filmed at the end of the 2010-2011 school year that reference both our 3rd grade iPod touch and iPad 1:1 programs. We are posting as many help and how-to articles here as we can so you can continue to be successful using iOS devices in your classroom. Please let us know if there are more or different things that you would like to have included here.






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UPDATE : It's finally here! View the list of "Top Apps" by Canby School District Educators. We also have links to many other useful App suggestion sites.





Older news:

Update 09.30.2011: We have posted videos that were filmed at the end of last school year. These videos reference both our 3rd grade iPod touch and iPad 1:1 programs for the 2010-2011 school year. This year (2011-12), we've expanded to 4th grade for iPod touch and have added several more iPad 1:1 classrooms, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Check them out here.

Update 09.15.2011: We are currently working on our 2011-12 deployment, which includes about 600 iPod touch and 400 iPad devices across the district. We've learned some things in this process and we will be posting our revised process for how we did it. We are playing with Lion Server and other things in our deployment process. Somewhere near the end of September 2011 we'll have something posted here.


iPad 2 is here! Ours have arrived and we are already asking teachers to test out what we believe to be THE hottest feature for education: video mirroring. In the past, we only got to watch Apple types on stage use the "Steve Cable" to see what was happening on the screen without using a document camera. For our classrooms, we know this will be a huge benefit. For information on our previous iPad deployments there are posted how-to articles on managing and deploying iPads in classroom or other educational settings.

iOS 4.3.3 has arrived! There are lots of additions and improvements to iOS in the latest version, and to make it easier for ourselves (and you), we are employing a new technique to update iOS devices en masse.

Apple now sells volume licensing for apps. Check out our VPP (volume purchase program) page to see how we are implementing Apple's new program.

iPad has landed! We are working with our iPad deployments and have posted how-to articles on managing and deploying iPads in classroom or other educational settings.

We added our 2009-10 Innovation Grant presentations written by teachers that relate to iPod devices in the classroom, complete with PDFs (and occasional videos) of their presentations. Take a look at those here.

Here are our current iPod & iPad deployment, management, and curricular pages:

  • Basic principles of meta-playlist syncing for device management
  • Deployment of iPod & iPad devices, other
  • Device Usage Scenarios
  • Curriculum Usage
  • Quick tips

  • Update 08.10.2010: Apple has created a way to bulk purchase licenses for apps in the App Store. We are in the process of signing up for the program and will post a wiki article as soon as we start using it. This is good news for several districts (and maybe bad news for others...). Using purchase orders and not paying sales taxes are included in the program. More information can be found at Apple's iTunes web site here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/education/

    Update 03.16.2010: We've been asked by several folks if we would be including iPad management techniques. The answer is YES! We've pre-ordered several, and will be working on deployment techniques and how-to pages as soon as they arrive on our doorstep.

    Update 03.15.2010:We've begun to add Innovation Grant presentations that relate to iPod devices in the classroom, complete with downloadable PDFs of their presentations. Take a look at the first one, here.

    Update 12.10.2009: We've added a new type of wiki page called "Quick Tips" that cover small, but important iPod management techniques for the classroom. Take a look at our first one here.

    Update 12.2.2009: In an effort to take in more input from our visitors, we have turned on moderated comments. If you have deployment, management, usage, or curricular questions questions or suggestions for us, please add a comment, or feel free to email us. Also, if you do not see your comment or suggestion appear on the page you placed it, please let us know that you have posted it, as we may not have seen it yet.

    Update 11.24.2009: Several help pages have been added since the wiki's launch, the main page with the links to deploying and managing iPod devices in the classroom is located here.

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