As an investment for 21st century teaching and learning Spring Cottage Primary School has invested in a MacBook Pro, 16 16GB iPad 2s in Key Stage 1, 16 16GB iPad 2s in Key Stage 2, 63 iPod touches for children in Year 6, Apple TV and new projectors in each classroom and a managed wireless system.
The devices (iPods & iPads) are managed by the Macbook, through iTunes (I'll cover how the iPads were set up in my next blog post). The Macbook has also been used in managing devices to sync content onto 1 iPad, which had been created on multiple iPads via iPhoto. You can read about it in a previous post 'Working with iPads to Create a School Leavers' Assembly.'
iPads in Key Stage 1 & 2
To give the iPads added protection a heavy duty case was needed in Key Stage 1, therefore each iPads has been fitted with an OtterBox Defender Case.
'This rugged case seals the iPad ports, includes a built-in screen protector and offers a hard front cover that doubles as a stand. The front cover acts as a stand for typing in landscape mode, watching movies or holding the iPad in portrait mode, covering all the angles. Thanks to this versatility, there’s no need to switch between cases as you move throughout your day.'
|The OtterBox Case holds the iPad in place|
|The OtterBox Defender Case|
'For those who want a slim case that delivers good protection, the Click-In™ has you covered. Sleek, slim and lightweight, Click-In™ offers all-round protection from scratches, bumps, and unexpected mishaps, but its form-fitting design retains a low-profile look.'
|Targus Click-In Case and Stand|
'A versatile, transportable, tough solution for the charging and synchronising of multiple iPads. In this case 16 iPads can be charged and synchronised simultaneously.
- Accepts all generations of iPad with or without cases.
- Connection for charging and synchronising is made by manual insertion of the Apple cable into the iPad.
- Connect the case to the mains power 110v to 240v supply and, using the supplied standard USB 2.0. A male to B cable, connect your Macbook to the case. Use iTunes to start synchronising – it’s that simple!
The KISsync case in which the system is built is waterproof and airtight to give maximum protection. It is on wheels and has an extendable handle to facilitate moving from location to location with ease.'
|KISsync iPad Charge & Sync Case|
iPod Touches in Year 6
In Year 6 there is one iPod for each child. The 63 iPods will be charged and synced with 2 x PARASYNC Multiple iPod Charge and Sync Docks.
'Charge and synchronize content to as many as 20 iPod and iPhone devices from a single iTunes library. This durable, attractive and lightweight docking solution makes managing and sharing large quantities of devices easier than ever.'
|PARASYNC Dock for iPod Touches|
|The Epson Powerlite X12|
Managed Wireless System
The school now has a managed wireless system, which will be robust enough to cope with the number of devices we plan to use in school. More details can be found in a previous blog post 'iPad Journey' Will you Wireless System Cope?
'The Meraki system 'provides a solution to the burden that handheld technology can have on a wireless system and uses the newest standard in wireless technology - 802.11n. This system was design to improve on the 802.11g in the amount of bandwidth supported by utilising multiple wireless signals instead of just one.'
|Meraki Cloud Managed Wireless|