As we get ready for winter break, there are two quick updates I want to make elementary teachers aware of.
Starting today, ALL elementary teachers will have the ability to create Apple Classrooms. This means that specialists such as EY, Special Education, Art and music teachers can now take advantage! These Classrooms are created on the teacher’s iPad and students can enroll themselves. The process is very similar to Google Classroom.
Along with these classrooms comes a few tweaks to the digital learning flow. Since a student can be in multiple Classrooms, teachers need to begin and end classroom sessions. When you end a session, you now see a summary screen, describing what apps were used, and for how long each student used them! If you forgot to end a session, students will automatically be unlocked once they move out of Bluetooth range (roughly 30 feet).
Click here to access a quick start document on how to set this up.
iPad Settings and Restrictions
Because of the greatly expanded capabilities of iOS11, we are going to make a few changes to the restriction profiles that are on student devices. These changes came from discussions with the elementary eMerge group, and I think they should make things easier for classroom teachers.
Starting December 18th, we removed the restriction that prevents students from creating folders, moving Apps around, and customizing their dock. Initially these were put into place for a variety of reasons, including students ‘hiding’ games in folders. With the elimination of the App Store and the move to Self-Service, this is no longer an issue. Further, with iOS 11, the dock becomes a powerful element of iPad multitasking. We want students to be able to customize the apps that are there to how they work best. We’ve also received feedback that primary teachers wanted the ability to create folders to help their students find appropriate apps easier. You can now do this!
Lastly, deleting apps just became easier! You no longer have to go into settings to delete an app. Simply tap and hold to enter ‘jiggly’ mode and you can then delete!
New iOS Features
Did you know you can now record your iPad screen without connecting it to a computer?! With iOS 11, you can!
To record your screen, you first will want to add the screen recording button to your control center. To do so, go into Settings->Control Center->Customize Controls. There, tap the plus (+) sign next to the Screen Recording icon.
Now, to record your screen, swipe up from the bottom of your iPad until Control Center activates. You will see a white circle with a ring around it. If you tap it once, it will give you a 3 second countdown and then begin recording your screen. To access options, including the ability to record your voice along with the screen, press and hold on the icon. A menu will then pop up.
This is an awesome new feature that will allow you to create tutorials for students, record lessons for flipped classroom activities and more!