AirDrop is a feature built-in to most Apple devices that allows users to easily transfer files from one device to another. I use these service all the time to quickly and easily transfer photos I’ve taken on my iPhone to my Apple laptop or even larger video files from the schools’ tripod-mounted iPad. However, with any file sharing service there is the potential for misuse and abuse. Being aware of the positive and negative uses is part of what it means to be a good digital citizen.
Common Sense Media has put together a parent’s guide to using AirDrop and the things to look out for when it comes to its use by kids. As a Digital Citizenship teacher, I am a firm advocate of educating students on the positive ways to use technology instead of denying them access. However there are situations where this action may be warranted and the article includes directions on how to “turn off” AirDrop on a kid’s device. For me personally, I have set up AirDrop so that I can use it but that only users who are listed in my Contacts can see my device.
You can also find information about how AirDrop works from this Apple Support article.
This tutorial will show how to upload a video to your YouTube Channel from an Apple iOS device. The tutorial will cover the steps to upload a video project from the iMovie app. We will also show how to upload a video directly from the Camera Roll to your YouTube Channel using the YouTube app itself.
With more and more of the work we do migrating to cloud-based services, it can sometimes be difficult to troubleshoot when those services start misbehaving. For example, last week Apple users experienced issues accessing iCloud, App Store, and iTunes Store services (click here to read more). Whatever it is, when technology fails it triggers a flood of questions as we try to work the problem:
- Is it my device?
- Is it my Internet connection?
- Is it the app?
- Is it the service?
- Is it the Internet itself?
- Who is the techno-gremlin causing my issue?
In a world where knowledge is power both Google and Apple have created a resource that allows users to check the status of their cloud-based services. While these ‘dashboards’ do not provide solutions when problems arise, they at least provide some comfort with the knowledge that you are not alone on the island of failed technologies.
Google’s dashboard lists the status of 20 different apps, including whether each app is experiencing ‘No Issues,’ a ‘Service disruption,’ or a ‘Service outage.’
Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud dashboard lists the status of 45 different apps, from iTunes Store to Siri to iOS Device Activation. Scroll down to bottom of the page to view a detailed timeline of any outages, as well as a link to contact Apple Support if your issue isn’t being reported.
This tutorial will show, on an Apple iOS device, how to create a bookmark to a specific website/page and add it to the desktop as a app icon.
This tutorial will show how to compress or “zip” a file in Mac OSX. Note that you can zip both individual files as well as a folder containing multiple individual files.
This tutorial will show how to take artifacts created in Apple’s iWork Suite of apps (i.e. Pages, Keynote, Numbers) and export them into formats that can then be uploaded AND converted to Google Drive formats. This tutorial applies to OSX on a desktop and/or laptop.
In my school, each elementary grade level has access to a cart of 30-35 student iPads. While each teacher could sign out the entire contents of the cart, most have chosen to have their own set of 5 iPads to use as a center in their classroom. In this configuration, they would like to be able to configure their set of 5 with the apps that were downloaded/purchased from the cart according to their own style.
This tutorial shows how to access the purchase history of the Apple ID associated with an iPad so that the teacher can pick and choose which apps they would like on their set of student iPads. Teachers can then organize/group the apps as they see fit. One example is to put certain apps into numeric groups. Then, when students are given the option to use the iPads, the teacher can specify which group of apps they may choose from (i.e. “When you go to the iPad center, you can choose any app from Group 3.”).
If you have another way/idea to organize apps on student iPads then please share in the comments below.