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Automating Your iPad Classroom

by Trumbull Career and Technical Center

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Why I Am Writing This

I became aware of going iOS only for work and was inspired to do so by what Fraser Speirs (website)(Twitterwas doing in his school (website). Fraser designed and implemented the world's first iPad 1:1 deployment at a time when doing so was painfully difficult because we did not have the mass deployment tools (Apple's Device Enrollment Program) that we currently have. I have been listening to the podcast, Out of School, Fraser does with Bradley Chambers (website)(Twitter) for years now and it has been invaluable to me as an educator and as an iPad 1:1 advocate. I have gained a tremendous amount of information that has helped me bring an iPad 1:1 program to my school district and has helped me realize the dream of going iOS only at school.

I am writing this iTunes U course because I was inspired by the work of David Sparks (website)(Twitter) and Katie Floyd (website)(Twitter). Together they host one of the best podcasts available: Mac Power Users. The time I have spent driving to and from school everyday listening to the MPU podcast has been some of the best professional development I have ever had. Specifically, episodes 150, 176, 180, 183, and 192 have provided me the exact apps, tools, and workflows that have enabled me to automate many of the tasks that I must do when I am teaching or performing those much beloved (said sarcastically) administrative tasks that all educators must do. I am grateful to David and Katie for all of the work that they do so that I can share what I have learned from them with other educators.

Additionally, on MPU episode 156 I was re-introduced to Federrico Vittici who is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MacStories website (Twitter). I have been a frequent visitor and reader of MacStories since 2009, but I was not aware of the extent to which Federrico exclusively used his iPad to do most all of his work to publish and run his website - this process was further discussed on MPU episode 217. Through reading his work on MacStories and listening to the Connected podcast I was able to learn how Federrico was able to go exclusively iOS to get his work done. I knew that this iOS only approach to doing work (which does require some automation) would be perfect for me and many other educators who work in iPad 1:1, BYOD, or even 1 iPad classrooms. Federrico has motivated me to create the structures and workflows necessary for me to automate many of my work tasks and workflows. Federrico, thanks for all of the knowledge, help, and inspiration.

Note: Federrico Viticci recently launched a new iOS-centric podcast with Fraser Speirs(website)(Twitter) called Canvas. If you are reading this then I strongly encourage you to check it out as it is made for people like us working all or mostly on iOS.

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