What you need
So, you or your school has made the decision to utilise the iPad? If you are planning a 1:1 roll out – talk to us first and we will help you plan that.
Per teacher, here is what you will need:
If you are rolling out throughout the school, contact us and we will get you in touch with the best people to bulk purchase. If you are buying just a few or even one to get started – head on over to the Apple Store on line, or into your local Apple Store. In Northern Ireland, if you are buying for your school, contact Academia, contract holder with the Board’s for iPad supply.
Your are looking for the iPad2 , 16Gb Wifi Only model – black or white as you choose. These are typically £274 plus VAT. If you are in a Special Needs school, you may want to consider the iPad (4th generation), which is great for pupils with communication challenges using the built in voice dictation, and for those with visual impairment due to the high zoom factor on the great screen – budget £331 plus VAT for this.
Also a must is the VGA Adaptor – this enables you to plug the iPad into your projector – £20 , available from us
We have a great range of accessories available – all tried and tested for the classroom – so if its wifi, cases, stylus or other bits and bobs – check out our Accessory Store for everything you need.
3. Some Apps
You will need to get some apps to really get moving with the iPad.
We have assembled all of our recommended apps across most subjects at our Fantastic Apps pages
We recommend that every teacher gets all of the Apps from our ‘Must have’ list – these are the main apps you will use daily. For these budget around £50 per department.
You dont need Wifi for the iPad – you can use the vast majority of apps without it – but Wifi greatly enhances the iPad.
In Northern Ireland, your school is likely on C2K – so you have a few options – do it now or wait for C2K. We offer some great advice here
C2K is rolling out some level of Wifi for post primary 2013-2015 – its worth a call to them to find out where your school is with that.
5. Get Trained
Effective use of technology is delivered through effective training for you and your staff.
We will come to your school, at a time that suits and deliver training to help you get the most out of your iPad – courses are just £150 per 25 teachers, and in many cases PD courses are free of you meet certain criteria Read all about it here.
6. Want to make it all easy?
Tell us how many devices you want. We’ll do the rest and walk you through the process with everything and every consideration. Just give us a call on 02890 020375