While the iPad's potential in formal learning environments is clear, there is a practical side to its implementation that is not often recognized until after they're purchased. Logistics here are usually left to an over-worked school or district IT person - or worse, to the classroom teacher.
Datamation Systems is a company that specializes in technology storage and security.Their president, Jerry Raymond, put together five questions for Edudemic that all educators should consider as they plan to deploy iPads in their classroom.
Where do I put them?
The best solution is to use carts or cabinets to store and secure.
How do I make sure their batteries are charged?
If iPads or other devices are stored at school, they should be re-charged or topped-off when they are not being used.
How do I manage syncing?
Wireless or wired (through USB)? This is a significant choice. For the best management control and software compliance, centralized syncing makes sense (as opposed to doing it in each classroom) unless a teacher is frequently syncing devices.
How do I protect iPads?
Beyond cursory lectures to students on rules and expectations, security is often an afterthought. Preventing and deterring theft is important, especially with such small, valuable and eminently-stealable technology.
How do I transport them for shared situations?
Carts can allow technology to be shared by multiple classrooms. Sometimes, iPads and other devices have to be shared on multiple floors or in multi-building campuses. Transport cases can help with these situations
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