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I-pads do they work in middle school?

By rookie - 9 August 2012 73

This is the question I’m asking my self over the next few weeks, to give you some backstory I recently started teaching and I’m in the technology department I also recently graduated so the currency of my ICT skills are mint and I must say I love the Heck out of my job, I teach years 7-10.

I have an I-pad (provided by the school) I use teacher pal this app lets me have a profile for each student and be able to contact them and their parents by email very handy if you have any idea about what its like to collect over 120 students emails plus the parents contact emails not to mention the dual family added bonus.

Whats that you say ….it couldn’t be simpler…. well there is this funny thing that INTACT or who ever sets up the protocols do ‘called every time you you want to use your ipad or go to a new page or just have your ipad function in the library or your office or the mac labs or the workshop without interrupting you’ it asks for Authentication now this is not really a hugh problem if you only have to do it once.

This happens to the kids to.

Twice, thrice, four times wait can’t I just hit cancel or ok or why don’t I reset my I-pad or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I should just stick to VHS and paper booklets rather then pursue this technology.

Think of this people I’m talking about entering the 17 letters of my full name and then using my STRONG password of another 15 or so characters how long does that really maybe under a minute. Ask yourself this how many times do you have to re-enter a password and think of me a teacher relying on tech to educate your kids and I’m hitting a firewall a lot, to much to make it worth it sometimes.

So now possibly you understand my position I havent talked about the other apps that I use for OH&S or the site management apps I use for VET students, but my point is there is so much more to I-pads then surfing or games and when you have over a 100 ipads at school $50,000 to assist in student learning and they are hitting the fire wall like I do my question is Do I-pads work in middles school?

INTACT I’m only a rookie but you are a collection of staff set up to assist in the education of students. I’m in the class I use tutor control I monitore my students computer usage and I have a tablet version of the software available to use.

This problem of Authentication  doesn’t only happen with I-pads this happens with our desktops our lap tops our PC’s.

I will post again in September after some more trials.

Every Parent tax payer and INTACT member out there should know about the cost of Authentication to quality class time.

Rookie

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73 Responses to
I-pads do they work in middle school?
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:32 pm 09 Aug 12

Gotta love moronic grammer nazis who do no more than flame somebody just for asking advice.

stay classy RA

trevar 12:25 pm 09 Aug 12

Ozhair said :

Ditto on what ps said. I really hope you’re not an english teacher.

Language is a cultural construct, so all teachers have an impact on student literacy, regardless of their expertise. English teacher or not, this is why all teachers’ literacy levels should be tested before they’re given a qualification! Seriously, why can’t we extend NAPLAN to teachers? Even applying the year 9 tests would be sufficient to catch such poor literacy!

Timmytron 11:58 am 09 Aug 12

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Seriously, call your IT department.

piperdoon 11:38 am 09 Aug 12

and who is hugh and what is a monitore – is it that mythical bull like creature?

FXST01 11:22 am 09 Aug 12

Something about ipads, I understand that bit.

AlpineViper 11:14 am 09 Aug 12

what is this i dont even

Zeital 10:34 am 09 Aug 12

Firstly they aren’t InTACT any more they are Shared Services ICT.

Secondly, they like everywhere else in Gov, have to have the iPads locked down. They lock everything down so they can monitor what can go on them or what is going out of them. The problem why most apps can’t get onto locked down iPads is because the information is getting sent overseas and then can’t be used because it is a security breach. A no brainer that applies to everything, everywhere if you want to use something that is generally unsecure ie. The iPad.

Reprobate 10:30 am 09 Aug 12

I weep for our future after reading this.

Jivrashia 10:27 am 09 Aug 12

STOP VIEWING PORN SITES.

davo101 10:01 am 09 Aug 12

Ozhair said :

Ditto on what ps said. I really hope you’re not an english teacher.

And if I read your post correctly, aren’t these questions that should be addressed to either your school’s IT person (or whoever manages the school’s network) or the makers of the app you seem to be having problems with?

Oh, I’d just been trying to cross my eyes and see the 3D dolphin. Hadn’t realised it was supposed to be in English.

Ozhair 9:49 am 09 Aug 12

Ditto on what ps said. I really hope you’re not an english teacher.

And if I read your post correctly, aren’t these questions that should be addressed to either your school’s IT person (or whoever manages the school’s network) or the makers of the app you seem to be having problems with?

Lazy I 9:46 am 09 Aug 12

/facepalm

I don’t know where to start.

rosscoact 9:44 am 09 Aug 12

Intact seem to have security as their number one concern above and beyond practicality. Aren’t they still trialling Iphones?

I wonder if the modified Cabinet ipads have the same issue? I expect so but that’s where you would expect high security.

I think you may be stuck with it due to the small and valuable items IT policy.

shirty_bear 9:43 am 09 Aug 12

Christ on a bike … wtf was that? Can you really qualify as a teacher with this level of writing skill?

Having departed InTACT a good decade ago, it pleases me to note that nothing much has changed over there. Have heard stories that the useless middle-level numpties of old have floated up to now be useless high-level numpties.
Don’t expect anything even remotely complex or non-standard to work; be pleasantly surprised when the bread-and-butter stuff does.

ps0104 9:31 am 09 Aug 12

I have no idea what you are talking about. I hope you teach your year 7-10 students better communication skills than you just displayed.

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