Practical ideas for the use of 'iDevices'...iPads, iPod Touches & iPhones

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  • One Apple ID >> can be used on five computers. The 6th computer will require the Apple ID to be de-authorised from one of the other five computers.
  • One Apple ID >> can be used on many many iPads (iPod Touches)
  • One iPad >> can have multiple iTunes accounts. This is changed via Settings > Store > Apple ID. Beware of losing content (eg. photos & videos).

Setting up a small fleet of iPads (or iPod Touches):
  • Create a dedicated Gmail account (not an ntschools account) to link to the iTunes Apple ID. The Gmail account needs to exist before creating the Apple ID. Eg.
  • Use iTunes cards to load up credit on the account. Use just the one Apple ID for all devices to allow updates. Restrict the password of this Apple ID to key people in your school, to control expenditure. The implication is that any app updates will require the user to have one of the key people to enter in the password. Updates aren't generally critical, so can be delayed to a convenient time of the school term.
  • Create another Gmail account to put on all iPads (or iPod Touches). This will allow artefacts (eg. sorting tasks created in the iCardSort app) to be instantly emailed to all iOS devices. It also allows students to take a snapshot of a screen and send to their teacher via email.
  • Create a DropBox account that is generic on all devices, so that students can access documents left by the teacher.
  • Download all the initial set of apps onto one computer (Mac or PC), and then image all iPads or iPod Touches from that computer.

Now that most Northern Territory Government schools have deployed centrally-managed Cisco wireless access points, we are finding that some collaborative apps don't work, because of the choice in settings on the Guest network. Examples are Whiteboard Pro and Dragon Dictation. To sidestep this issue, I use a 3G router, so that Internet access is routed through an unfiltered network. This has obvious implications for

Projecting the display of your iPad
Option 1: Use a VGA dongle. This is painful, because:
  • It falls out several times a lesson
  • Tethers you to the front of the classroom
Option 2: Use the Reflection app ($15) on a Mac (haven't found a PC equivalent yet).
  • Need to create your own network (via iPhone Hotspot function or your own wireless access point or router)
  • Start Reflection on your Mac, and mirror your iPad or iPhone to your Mac, which projects the image on a screen.
  • If using multiple iPads, it is easy for any of them to mirror their image to the Mac.

Collaboration using iPads
Option 1: Use iPad apps like Whiteboard Pro, iBrainstorm & iBrainstorm Companion, etc
  • Some school wireless networks don't allow the full functionality. You can get around this by setting up your own wireless router, but this requires moderate technical knowledge.
Option 2: Use Google Docs
  • For each class I teach, I have created word processor, spreadsheet, slideshow and drawing documents using the Google Docs suite.
  • Rather than trying to communicate a long, ugly URL that Google Docs gives you, I copy and paste it into the TinyURL service. This allows you use a unique suffix (can't have been used before), giving you a URL like: There are quite a few equivalent services to TinyURL.

Something I'd like to solve is how to limit the number of apps available to students, to increase the focus on the intended use, rather than having 'click happy' kids who make an industry out of 'app surfing' not linked to the intended learning. Managing the availability of apps is not needed for motivated, self-directed learners.
I'm in the process of moving my favourite apps across to a Google Docs spreadsheet, where you can click a link and it takes you straight to the iTunes download page. This is available below:

Software Title


Word processor
Adobe Photoshop Express

photo editor, effects like photobooth & iphoto

File transfer





Music identifier program, might be fun (LS)
Plain Text

basic word processing, maybe don’t need if we have pages (LS)
POW - strip designer

like comic life (not avail on ipads) (it is now-martin)
HD Human Anatomy

Yr10Integrated studies human body focus term1 (LS)
World Fact Book

Not sure if needed - maybe wikipanion is enough
you probably won't need this app as info can be found online - ICT4L
ABC Iview

to watch abc catch up programs


World of Goo

physics type game, would be good to have a game that can be accessed away from internet (LS)
art studio

drawing app that has layers and magic brush tool, save as psd (photoshop layer files) (LS)
QuickOffice Connect Mobile


documents to go

MS Office clone - open, edit word, excel, and PP. links to dropbox, google docs and ms exchange.

pdf reader - can do very large pdfs, also downloads (and runs) most web files, syncs to dropbox


dragon dictation



handwrite notes, quick draw boxes, symbols.

writepad - the iPod app is free and works well - handwrite notes and it converts to text.

pretty good at converting speech to text.
iCab Browser

web browser - similar design to safari but far more functionality -Tabs, fullscreen, download any file and open them either in screen or send to an app that can open the file - good for downloading videos. save any webpage for offline use. Great app for browsing and collecting resources from the web.

great math app - formulas explained, gives working out space for freehand writing, links to wolfram alpha for advanced students.
The Elements

Ideal app for chemistry - every element in detail
Mobile teacher, teacher pal, inclass

teacher class management apps.

streams click view to the iPad.