Wednesday, May 25, 2016

iPad Wrap-Up School Year 2015-2016

Prior to sharing a checklist for taking care of your iPads before the students leave, I would like to say that if you have downloaded WriteDraw on your iPads... do not delete the app if you like using it with your students. It has been removed from the app store and will not be available to be downloaded once removed from an iPad. I will keep searching to find a similar tool, but so far nothing compares to the features of this particular app.

iPad Checklist: (Ryan most likely will not be touching your iPads this summer.)

1. Have students upload all valuable work to their Google Drive account. A video tutorial can be found here.
2. Have students sign out of all of their accounts like Google account apps, Newsela, Front Row, IXL, email, Literably, TenMarks, etc.
3. Have students remain logged into accounts that are teacher accounts to save time next year. (Examples: Adobe, Epic!, Educreations, AudioBoom, VoiceThread, ThingLink, AutoRap, ect.)
4. Have students delete all photos and videos from their iPad.
5. Have students close all tabs in Safari.
6. Have students delete all apps that you think will not be pertinent to the beginning of the school year.
7. Charge iPads to 80% and then unplug them from the charger.
8. Shut down the iPads. You may need to recharge the iPads when you come back in August, but doing these last two steps will help to preserve battery life.

Friday, May 6, 2016

What a Voyage! Two Stops and Lots of New Friends!

The SS Scots, a mini boat with a GPS locator, was built in Maine-USA, visited classrooms in the Bonny Eagle School District (Standish, Limington, Steep Falls, Buxton, and Hollis - Maine), driven to Cape Cod Massachusetts, loaded onto a fisherman's boat, and plunked into the Atlantic Ocean. The students from the Bonny Eagle school district made predictions on where the iBoat would travel and checked the GPS map regularly to see where the SS Scots had journeyed. The students were hoping to make new friends from another country.

Students lucked out when the SS Scots landed in La Coruna, Spain.

All of the iBoats launched in 2013!

Third grade students from the Bonny Eagle school district, who were 2nd graders when the SS Scots was launched in 2013, Skyped with students in La Coruna, Spain. Videos of the Skype visits are embedded below.

Then our friends from Spain fixed up the SS Scots and set it out for another voyage. Check out the photos below showing how the SS Scots was fixed up and the students from Spain sending the boat out for it's next journey.

Video of the SS Scots leaving La Coruna, Spain = Video

On September 8, 2015 the SS Scots was found in Tenerife (Canary Islands) by an environmental consulting firm that specializes in marine environment. The firm took the SS Scots to a local school.

Bonny Eagle students that Skyped with the students from Spain had the opportunity to Skype with students from Tenerife, Spain.

The SS Scots will soon be on another journey that is predicted to bring the iBoat back to the United States. Follow the journey here.