iPad iNstitute Agenda

Here’s the schedule for today:

Time Topic
Period 2
10:00 – 10:40
Student iPad Trial Introduction (presentation)
Setting the stage for the trial/explaining the parameters of the trial
Period 3
11:05 – 12:35
Activity: Connecting to the CLC
Groups here
Period 4
11:05 – 12:35
Unbox/Setup (directions here)
Locations: Loft
Lunch  NOTE: This is HS lunch. Please take all of your bags with you!
Period 5
12:35 – 1:15
 Scavenger Hunt
Period 6/7
1:55 – 3:15
Learning the Top 10 Apps
Period 8
3:15 – 4:00
Preparing for Parent Session
Wrap up/Reflection
iPad collection

Getting Ready for the iPad iNstitute 2015

In order to be ready to receive our iPads on Thursday, we will need to create a school-based Apple ID. If you have your own personal Apple ID, YOU WILL STILL NEED TO CREATE A SCHOOL-BASED ONE.

Here’s what we need to do:

  1. Answer the questions on this survey. Part 1 is to tell us a little something about yourself. Part 2 is the information that you will use to create your Apple ID. NOTE: this survey should already have the school address completed for you. If you want to use your home address and phone number (assuming you know them) you can change the answers.
  2. Once you submit the survey, you should automatically receive an email with your answers attached as a PDF.
  3. Go to the iTunes store on your computer, sign out of your personal account (if you have one), and make sure you are in the Japan store.
  4. Search for the Google Search app for iPad and click “Get”.
  5. Click “Create Apple ID” from the pop-up window and use your answers from (1.) to create your ID.

Once your Apple ID is created, you will need this information to set up your new iPad at the iNstitute. Make sure you remember your login details and keep them safe!

Documenting our journey with iPads

Trialling an initiative like a 2:1 environment requires a huge team effort. It is important that we are able to learn from others in our team as well as to share our learning with the other teams that have been created. To help with this, and to make sure we are creating a bank of knowledge for the future, we’d like to ask each team for the following:

  • Regular meetings – As part of our learning, each team should be meeting at regular intervals to discuss what they have discovered/learned as well as to share questions that they still have. Please be sure to invite Kim and Clint to these meetings so that (hopefully) one of them can attend. We would also like to ask that each team document their learning/thinking from each meeting. You can use any format that you like so long as it is shareable. If you like, you can use this template.
  • Summary blog post – By the end of the trial, it would be great if each team could write at least one blog post on this blog that documents their journey as a team. Each person should have been made an author to make this easier.  This post could be an overview of what you learned as a team over the course of the trial and the impact that you feel the iPads have had on learning in your classroom. It could also be way to share any apps or resources that you found during this trial. Of course, if you would like to write more than one post you are more than welcome to!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Kim or Clint in the hallways or to send one of them an email!

cc licensed image by elise.y

Greetings from the tech side of the tech team!


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.

iPad Cases

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.