Welcome to the iPad trial from Stephen, Genki, Aaron and Yui. We’re really excited to be a part of this trial and look forward to see how the iPad will positively influence you and your students’ learning. As with all technology, it’s not about the device; it’s about the doors it opens for you and your students.
The iPad mini is a complementary device. It’s a bit of a step into the unknown from both educational and management perspectives in many regards. Together, we will be learning on the job and there will be ups and downs in our implementation and use.
A New Device
We don’t have a user agreement for iPad in the same way as we have a form for your laptops. We know that you will do everything that you can to stop your iPad from being damaged or lost. Any input into what should be included in a hardware acceptance form for students would be really appreciated, including ideas about liability.
Management of the iPad, especially management of the apps, could lead us down many different avenues. Some management models will offer the flexibility in distribution of apps and financial accountability that we will need, whereas other paths will have problems, whether technically or operationally.
You & Your Experience
Your opinion and experience using the iPad is important to us! So please drop by for a chat with any of us with your feedback, suggestions and, of course, questions. We will be doing everything possible to provide a model that gives you the academic freedom that is necessary, but at the same time being financially responsible and cognisant of the fact that the amount of IT support staffing needs to remain static.
Resetting your iPad and your iTunes Account
Please try to come to the help desk some time in the next week to reset your iPad to the default setting so that it will be just like new with no apps. You can then link your iPad to your iTunes account. You don’t have an iTunes account? Never fear, we are here. We’ll help you set one up. I’ll see Chiyoka to organise getting the 2000 yen into your February pay.
Genki is sending out a survey about iPad cases. Remember it’s not about how pretty it is. We’ve offered you 2 cases. My advice, swap them amongst yourselves and spend some time with each one. Don’t worry, you’ll get the one you want in the end. Why do this? First off, it’s good for you to have an opinion about the case the students may end up with. Your input on that front is very important. You might also surprise yourself and find you like a case you might not have otherwise considered. Need help putting the protective film on the screen of your iPad? Come to the help desk so we can do it for you. We will do almost anything for chocolate.