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So it's the first day of class in our iPad classroom and every student has this iPad in their hands. What I like to do now is to set up and explain some of the essential apps that my students will need every day in this class. 80% of them have never used Evernote or Dropbox or know what a web link is. So let's tap on Evernote. I have them create their own account with their own password. We've already created a user account.
By having them create their own account, I'm teaching them to be responsible for their own documents, and the things that they use and create inside this course. Once they sign in the first thing I have them do is tap on Notebooks. As you can see, Evernote creates a notebook for the user the first time they log in then I have them tap on their notebook. I tell them that this notebook is the same as their three-ring spiral notebook, that they will be putting things inside this notebook throughout the semester.
PDFs, pictures, videos, text that they write, annotations, all kinds of information and media can go inside this notebook. And it's their job to organize it and use it that way. Then I have them tap on Getting Started, so that they feel comfortable and know where there's help. The minute this window opens, they're so excited. They say we can use a camera, we can import pictures, we can record our voice, we can share things, we can zoom in and out of documents. Wow. What a fantastic experience.
And it's just my notebook, and no one elses. Then they tap close. Then we tap Notebooks. And then we tap on the elephant. They tap on their account name. And what I like to explain here is the number of things that they see in settings. They see that their account type is free and they're amazed that you can do something like this for free. They also see their usage there and most important they see the word synchronized. I explain to them that now that they've created an account, they can log in to a browser on a laptop or workstation to sign in. They can download an app on an iPhone or an Android. And now they can sync those accounts so that they can see their notebook wherever they are with whatever device they have in front of them. But most importantly, I teach them how to log out. Many students might be using this iPad and I want them to be able to protect their work and protect their notebook.
So we tap on Logout, tap on Yes. And the next time they come in to use this iPad, they're assured that their notebook is protected and only they know the password to that account. Now let's take a look at Dropbox. The way I like to explain Dropbox is that it's a big storage unit in the cloud, or in the Internet. It's a place where at the end of every class period, they should send any documents, files, or pictures that they want to save for their own personal use. I also explain that it syncs with many, many devices, and that once they create an account, they can access that account and sign in from any of those devices. We have already created a user account that we will use for this demo. When this dialogue box pops up, we choose to cancel it. If we enable this, it means that every single thing that is in our photo gallery or photo stream will be uploaded to the Dropbox.
I find this is inefficient, there are only certain documents and certain images and certain things that they want to put up into their own storage box so lets tap Cancel. Again there is a Getting Started PDF, I highly recommend they tap on that. Instantly they see that there's a lot of ways to browse through this document. That they can zoom in and zoom out using their gestures. I tell them to look at the buttons up in the upper right hand corner to see how they can share. I have them tap on the star.
This is a way to make this document an important document. Then I have my students tap on the third icon. As you can see, if we had AirPrint-enabled printers, that would allow them to print a document. But I have tap on Open In, and they realize they can open this PDF in iBooks. Let's tap on that. All of a sudden they understand that a PDF could be a part of their iBook's library.
To get back to Dropbox we have to double-click on the Home button, go down to our multi-tasking bar and tap on Dropbox. Then we try to figure out together as a group how to log out. They see that gear symbol. They're beginning to understand that the gear symbol is a way to see settings in any app that they're in. To log out, I'll explain that they need to tap on the Unlink iPad from Dropbox. That this is the way Dropbox says that same idea.
Then tap on Unlink. Single-tap on the Home button to return to our Home screen. Next, I have them tap on the web link we created in Apple Configurator, our design homepage. This quickly gets them into the learning management system that we created for the class. By now, they've all created a user name and a password.
Once, they sign in, they realize that they're on the home page of their learning management system, Wikispaces.com. They also understand, although it's a different environment, it doesn't look the same as on the Internet. It has all of the features that they're used to seeing. Again, when they leave class, I have them log out. In order to log out, they tap on their name, and tap on Sign Out. Lastly, let's tap on the Home button one more time, return to the Home screen, and tap on Safari.
I instruct my students to access their email accounts through the browser Safari. I have them log in to their Gmail accounts, or whatever mail account they're using. This really takes no instruction. They do this all the time. But again, I warn them that the iPad will be used by a number of users, and that it's important to sign in and sign out before you leave class. One of the last things I say at the end of each class is, have you signed out of all the applications that you were using personally, with accounts. So let's return to the Home screen.
In just minutes, the students have learned how to create a notebook. How to store their documents, their files, their projects, their images, in Dropbox. And to sync with all the devices that they may have access to. They've learned how to access their learning management system. Their course landing page. And they'd begun to understand the idea that PDFs and documents can be shared between apps. They've put one PDF from Dropbox into their iBook's shelf. It's important to teach the students how to set up accounts, how to log in, how to log out, and put the responsibility on them to emphasize the importance in an academic setting. Of how sharing this device, and sharing these spaces, that privacy is still a concern, and that they want to have ownership and responsibility for all the activities they do.
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