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)(Twitter) was 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.
|1||Launch Center Pro - Shortcut launcher & workflows||Speed up everyday tasks with simple shortcuts. It’s like speed dial for apps. Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap. Message a loved one, search Yelp for the nearest coffee shop, jump straight to the camera in Instagram, all with just a flick of your thumb. Create shortcuts for email, Safari, Twitter, Facebook, phone or FaceTime calls, Google searches, and more. If you do it on your iPhone constantly, Launch Center Pro will make it easier and faster. “Launch Center Pro is an app of verbs. Search. Shoot. Call. Text. Add... With a simple tap-and-slide, you can launch apps, perform actions and more... It's so simple and fast that before long your muscle memory takes over and you don't even have to look. ” —Dave Caolo - TUAW “Perhaps the highest praise I can give Launch Center Pro is that it finally kicked Safari out of my dock...” —Lex Friedman - Macworld Sample shortcuts: - Call a loved one - Message a GIF to a friend - Take a photo and message it to a group - Email your boss a report from Dropbox - Quickly search Wikipedia - Scan a barcode and search on Amazon - Jump right to your favorite website - Create a new item in OmniFocus - Search Twitter using Tweetbot - And so much more... Launch Center Pro now works with over 100k apps! For help with Launch Center or to submit feedback, please visit http://help.contrast.co Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Launch Center Pro is run in the background for just a few seconds when entering or leaving an iBeacon region or geofence. If you use iBeacons or geofences and are concerned about battery life, keep an eye on the new Battery Usage section of the Settings app.||--||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||IFTTT||Applets bring your favorite services together to create new experiences. Over 360 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Google Drive, Weather, Instagram, Email, and devices like Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your iPhone. Turn on Applets with a simple switch: • Control everything around you with your voice and Amazon Alexa • Stay informed about what’s happening from publications like The New York Times and ESPN • Receive a notification with the forecast each morning • Message roommates when you’re near the local grocery • Stay safe with automated and intelligent home security alerts • Streamline your social media • Save all your mobile screenshots in a specific album • Back up important files, photos, and contacts to cloud-storage solutions, such as Dropbox or Google Drive • Set your home thermostat to an optimal temperature when you arrive home • Post all your Instagrams as Twitter photos or Pinterest pins • Trigger events based on your current location • And thousands of other use cases! New services are added every week. Some popular ones include: Spotify, YouTube, Google Calendar, Tumblr, Medium, Pocket, Square, Ebay, Giphy, Automatic, LIFX, Fitbit, Withings, littleBits, OnHub by Google, Evernote, Reddit, Digg, Skype, Slack, LINE, MailChimp, Salesforce, Todoist, and hundreds more. Browse our curated collections to find Applets for: • The home, office, and car • Your iPhone and iPad • Exploring outer space • Improving how you use social media Do more with the services you love. Discover the power of Applets at ifttt.com/discover||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Launcher with Notification Center Widgets||Launcher is the original app launching widget -- and still the best! Now with version 2, Launcher has far and away the most powerful widgets on the App Store. When you install it, you get up to 6 widgets (with in-app purchase) which can be added to Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad so that they're just one swipe away! Top 10 Productivity App in over 80 countries and counting! "It belongs on everyone’s iDevice for one-swipe access to favorites" - AppAdvice.com "One of the most flexible widgets out there." - Gizmodo.com "It will speed up your iOS usage in a real way." - Tidbits.com "One of the best time-saving apps out there." - BusinessInsider.com Why worry about what apps to put in your dock or your home screen when you can put dozens of app, web, music and contact launchers in your Launcher widgets? Unlike the dock or home screen, Notification Center can always be accessed with one swipe (or two for iOS 10) even if you're in an app, an app folder or even the lock screen. With just one tap in the Notification Center you can: - Call, message, email, and facetime the people you contact the most. - Get directions home or search for nearby restaurants, coffee shops, or whatever you're looking for at your current location. - Quickly access your favorite web sites. - Perform actions within a number of apps. Run Workflows, load a specific page on Facebook, fire off a canned email or message, tweet, and more. - See current weather conditions and forecasts, Uber time estimates, driving or transit time estimates, world clocks, and network, disk, and battery status with dynamically updating magic launchers! (Pro Version only) - Start playing your favorite music immediately with music launchers. - Launch your most frequently used apps -- thousands of apps built-in. (NOTE: Not all apps on your device are supported, see the NOTE below) FEATURES: - Backup and restore launchers to and from iCloud. - Innovative auto-setup of launchers which will set up contact launchers for the people most important to you and your most frequently used apps. - Incredibly easy setup and editing of launchers. Just a few taps and you're done. - Many different icon choices so that you can configure each launcher just how you like it or create your own. - Ability to create custom launchers for apps and actions that aren't yet supported. - Pro Version users get the ability to change the icon sizes and hide labels to make widget more compact. - Choose up to four launchers to set as 3D-touch home screen quick actions for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. All of this is available for free! Unlock up to 6 total widgets (with an in-app purchase) for more space for launchers, better organization, and the ability to show or hide widgets based on day, time and/or location. Set up specific widgets for morning, weekends, home, work, the gym or anything you can come up with and always have relevant launchers just a swipe away. Multiple widgets are not available on iPhone 4S. Upgrade to the Pro Version (with an in-app purchase) to enable more rows of launchers and customize the size of each widget by changing the size of the icons and/or hiding the labels. Please support further development on the app by unlocking Multiple Widgets or the Pro Version today. * NOTE: Launcher cannot support launching of every app you have installed. Only certain apps that can be launched by third party apps are supported. We strive to keep our list of launchable apps as complete as possible and we're adding new apps every week. If you have any apps that aren't currently supported by Launcher now, please fill in the following form and we will look into it: https://cromulental.appspot.com/suggest/ Thanks!||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple||** App Store Best of 2015 ** Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Workflow includes over 200 actions, including those for Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud Drive, and Health, to name a few. For example, you can use Workflow to: * Make animated GIFs * Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one * Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet * Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap * Tweet the song you're listening to * Get all of the images on a web page * Send a message including the last screenshot you took * And so much more... Your workflow creations can be launched from inside the Workflow app, from other apps using Workflow's Action Extension, or from our new lightning-fast Today Widget. You can even export a workflow as a standalone app on your home screen. Workflow opens up infinite possibilities of what you can do with your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. But this is just the beginning. Stay tuned.||--||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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|10||Automating Your iPad Classroom: 1Password||--||4:25||Free||View in iTunes|