Glenelg has Nooks and Kindles, but hasn't found a system to tie into for books "The backend is killing us."
3M is building a kiosk, manages devices, allows you to check out books
One school has Kindles, has a physical box full of cards with electronic books, loads books onto a particular device and checks out the device for a student - "labor intensive."
GFS - if a student expresses interest, they buy the digital book, "helps us build our collection" - "labor intensive"
Catalyst, TidalWave (TitleWave?)
Waiting for licensing changes
Encourage students to tap into public libraries (county) as they generally have ebook programs
Overdrive does audiobooks and ebooks, a little bit expensive, a little bit of a pain to setup, but once it works...
Some schools still banning them
Some using them in science because they have an accelerometer
If we're using a phone and a laptop to take all of our notes, why can't the kids?
Make the kids put them on the desk so you can tell they aren't texting under the table
Japan: 85% of web traffic is mobile
Issues of digital equity, harder for families on financial aid to pull out an iPhone
Concerns about cheating
They're popping up in museums, magazines
Download an app, take a picture of yourself, turn yourself into a neanderthal
Holton Arms - Lower school art display, parents snap a picture of the QR code, see a video of the child talking about their own art - have a booth where parents can check out iPads for the event
Bryn Mawr - Students use QR codes to cite their sources, instead of super-long URLs
What about using it for a self-guided tour of your campus
Games to make apps and stories, sending them to parents
Students excited by them
"The iPad is the game changer" - so many apps, so easy to install them with a click, PC installation still a pain
The games have to be challenging, the games have to be fun
Elementary math game plugin for Edmodo - aligned goals for the game with the common core - teacher could "dial up" different aspects of the game
For years we've had drill and practice games in the lower schools, kids get bored. More complex games hold attention longer.
Storykit, Toontastic - create stories with preschool kids
Horizon report suggests this will drop within 5 years
Kids really like the Kinect
TV's now have this technology built-in (Samsung)
Microsoft making a big push here
They now have 3D printers for $500
They have 3d scanners (e.g. Kinect) you can scan and replicate an object
Kids can "make real" the designs they see in their heads
Kids are going to be more invested in their product
SoliDoodle - cheap printer
FableVision, Fab At School
Consumer-Focused Products on our Network
AppleTV doesn't work with 802.1X for example
LanTronics iPad printer, uses Bonjour
One solution may be to have a wireless network that is more like Starbucks, Panera, McDonald's, free wireless with just internet
Put everything in the cloud, no problems with access
Cloud poses problems with sharing vs. permission based security
Policy issues with data leaking out of the organization, sending sensitive data to parents on their mobile devices
Concerns with having students have email addresses? No major issues, and if they are on your system you can investigate, lock them down.
It's all about setting expectations - you can use Dropbox, as long as you don't come to me when you delete something you shouldn't have
What about storing the school's intellectual property, the school's financial information
We tell teachers not to do certain things, but they don't always hear that when they need to
No real concerns about Google's data mining on student accounts from parents
Concerns about having data stored outside the United States
Have a policy, communicate it to faculty regularly (more often than you would think)
Communicate to parents of kids under 13 about consent for cloud services
Social Media / PLN
We need to start teaching our teachers to create their own professional learning network
We don't want to spend time going to sites to get information, on Twitter it comes to you if you follow the right folks
Summer self-guided professional program, modeled after 23 things, have faculty join Twitter, use RSS
Connections Conference - get teachers talking with other teachers, will have a PLN gallery
PLP - teachers creating a PLN working with other local schools
Bryn Mawr, Bullis starting one next year
Concerns about schools going from 1:1 laptop to a BYOD, how do you convince teachers to change curriculum again...