Setting Up iPads @ School

Do not let students place the iPads on the floor to use or on a flat surface where someone could sit or stand. Encourage people to place them sideways from the beginning.

 Be Warned

The internet has different filter levels for different types of users,

so if a teacher signs in, their access level will be remembered

allowing students to access sites they normally couldn’t.


Rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. This video shows how to make the Gmail subaccounts and to sort out mail sent to each subaccount.



Apps for students

Voicethread now offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.

does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. 

Encourage students to draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them

“If you only have one iPad available, it is not such a big problem.  Each student waits for a turn to add their page(s) (or double page) to the book as the iPad gets passed around”. They continue to work on other tasks while they wait.


Rover is a free education app and the only education browser for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages. 
Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad- including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Flash content). 

         NO GOOD for use in NSWDEC schools


Special needs Assistive Technology Apps for iPad, iPod and iPhone

Using-the-iPad-as-AT.pdf  costly but worth it.

TPACK iPad Project In Schools (TIPS)


Dark Side of the iPad ~ Collecting student projects is difficult! | John Larkin  Mark Gleeson