3 Ways to Manage Student iPads in the Classroom

As the tidal wave of iDevices hit the shores this fall, I felt it was a good time to highlight a few ways to manage these devices with students.
  1. Add a Custom Email Signature: If you have email set up (we have a generic student email on each device that allows outgoing emails and restricts incoming) on the device to submit student work, consider adding a custom signature to your iDevice to discourage/manage rogue emails and inappropriate student use. Giving each device a different traceable signature will make it easier to locate the device that sent an inappropriate email. It is advised that each student uses the same iPad each class (e.g. Johnny is assigned iPad 4 for English Class 3rd period and Janie is assigned iPad 4 for English Class 4th period) to further streamline this process.
    1. Settings
    2. Mail, Contacts, Calendars
    3. Signature
    4. “Sent from Johnson Middle School: tag#****”
  2. Set up MobileMe on your devices to locate and manage stolen or missing iDevices:
    1. Settings
    2. Mail, Contacts, Calendar
    3. Add Account
    4. MobileMe
    5. Enter Apple ID and password
    6. Next to Verify
    7. OK to allow MobileMe to use the Location
    8. Save
    9. Login to me.com on your computer with the Apple ID and password to track devices
    10. From Me.com, you can Display a Message or Play Sound on the missing device (sound will play when device is on or turned back on) as well as Lock or Wipe it.
  3. Add Numbered Backgrounds to your iDevices (find full setup info for iDevices here) to minimize inappropriate student customization and make checking in/out of iDevices smoother:
    1. Launch Safari on the device
    2. Visit http://bit.ly/pgipadwp (you only need to type in bit.ly/pgipadwp
    3. Select the wallpaper you want for that device (you can choose green backgrounds with yellow or blue text and numbers 1-30)
    4. Tap and hold a couple of seconds to save the image
    5. Launch Photo App (sunflower icon)
    6. Select the image you chose in step 3&4
    7. Hit the arrow
    8. Select as Wallpaper
    9. Set it as both lock screen and home screen



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  1. Thanks for linking to my post about setting up the iPad cart! For email, I took an additional step and actually created email addresses for each device in our Google Apps domain.

    • lisajohnson2007

      Thanks for the info. Just curious – How many iPads do you have at each campus and with in the district? We created a default email account for students that could send email but not receive so students could submit work. We then customized the email signature to say something like “sent from NEISD Device #32″ so we could track emails (if they were ever used inappropriately). Do you also set up the Mobile Me on each device?

  2. I am a huge fan! Thanks for sharing this fabulous site. We started an iPad pilot this year (3rd grade at my school) and I would love to restrict incoming email but don’t know how. We have a Google Apps account if that helps. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Jeanne

    • lisajohnson2007

      I know we used the iPhone configuration utility to manage the account and drop it easily on every device. From my memory of the process, you have an incoming and an outgoing server within the configuration. I believe we just set up the outgoing mail server correctly and the incoming mail server incorrectly to disable that portion.

  3. Misty Burright

    My school just went one to one in February. We created a couple of videos about our work. One of them the students made about how they tried to get away with being on games in class. They made sort of a PSA for teachers so they would know what to watch out for. Maybe it will help someone else! Enjoy!


    • lisajohnson2007

      Thanks so much. Looking forward to checking them out. Thanks for sharing!

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