Diigo – Cloud Based Bookmarking

by Aaron Hovel

Ever have trouble finding a web page you just looked at yesterday? Are your bookmarks a mess and hard to find?  Wish you could curate a list of bookmarks for your students and give them a link to access them. Wouldn’t it be great if you could highlight a webpage and see those highlights when you come back to them later? Diigo is your answer. Over the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of blog posts on how to get started with Diigo. This first post is an overview of the features. This way you’ll get a flavor of what Diigo can do. Watch the video below and then go to www.diigo.com and click sign up to create an account and you’ll be ready for the next post. Or you can click this link to watch the video.

Looking for Technology Professional Development?

by Aaron Hovel

I maintain a list of Professional Development opportunites via Diigo.  Just follow the link to find a continually updated list of both free and not free opportunites. The link stays the same but the list changes over time so be sure to bookmark the link and check back often. If you know of good source of technology professional development, let me know and I will add it to the list.

Unique Uses for Socrative

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As part of a Socrative pilot that some Pike teachers are participating in, we were given a file of unique uses.  Follow the link to a google doc.  Add your unique uses to the bottom so we can add to the list.

One example, that I thought was interesting, is that Socrative can be use to gather information, sort of like a survey.  Since the results can be sent as an excel spread sheet, the resulting data or information can be organized, graphed, or calculated pretty quickly.   Rather than thinking of a quiz as a quiz, think of it as a survey for all kinds of information like questions students have about the material just covered, voting on various things that come up during class, and collecting birthdays or email addresss.

iPad is Disabled

If the iPad passcode is entered incorrectly too many times, you will see the “iPad is disabled” message on the screen.  When you see this message, your only option is to wipe the iPad and restore from backup.  This is a security feature designed to keep your data safe in case of theft.  We are finding that external keyboards left on in backpacks are accidentally typing the passcodes over and over until the iPad is disabled.  We reccomend that the keboard be turned off when not using the ipad to avoid this situation.Click here for directions on how to restore your disabled iPad.

The Possibilities of Mobile

Connected Learning is putting on a month long set of free webinars about learning and mobile devices.  The topics look very interesting.

1.  Mobile learning: turning place into a learning space.  – This workshop already occurred.  But you can watch the recorded version here.

2.  Oct. 9 Teachers and Students: real-libe mobile implementation with learners

3.  Oct 17 Mobiles and informal learning spaces:libraries and museums

4.  Oct 23 Mobile games, gamefulness, and place-based learning.

This site has more information and links to sign up.

Upper School Damaged iPad Procedures

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If an iPad is damaged:

  1. Advisor notifies parents that they need to take the iPad in for repairs as soon as possible.
  2. Advisor notifies tech_help with students name and grade, as well as the nature of thedamage and the situation surrounding the damage.
  3. While the student’s iPad is out for repairs, the student will have to sign­out a laptop fromone of the US carts to use during the day. The laptops cannot be taken home.

Once the iPad is fixed the student can restore from their iCloud back up, which the tech department can assist them with.

Two iPad Security Recommendations

Passcode Lock and Erase Data
Settings > General > Passcode Lock  “Erase Data”.  If this setting is turned on and the passcode is entered incorrectly 10 times, all the data on the iPad will be erased.  I reccomend that this setting be turned off for student iPads.  Ultimately this is a decison that each family must make, but it is  easier than you think to type the passcode incorrectly 10 times, especially when it has been recently changed.

Find my iPhone
I highly reccomend using the “Find my iPad” feature in the iCloud settings on your iPad.  You can find the setting by going to Settings > iCloud.  If your iPad is lost you can log into your iCloud account on another computer and lock your screen, make the iPad play a noise, put the iPad in lost mode, display a message on the screen or remotely erase the iPad.  Click here for setup instructions.