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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

So, in less than 3 hours the iPads will officially be launched!
There have been LOTS of little details to manage, but I feel pretty good about today’s plan.
I’ve created a Google Presentation to guide the basic training.
The IT folks have spent this week increasing (& aggregating) 2 additional cable lines to bring our bandwidth on the Greenway Rise campus up to 47  Mbps (up from 15 earlier.) Folks from ANS were here to set up equipment from Meru to enable all of our teachers to get IP addresses in our …

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[11 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

So, on Friday, my “4 week” delivery time for our iPads unceremoniously became a “7 week” delivery time (on or before May 13th.) Hmmmph. Just please no more delays, ok, Apple? On the other hand, we DO already have a stack o’ iTunes gift cards & a pile of VGA adapters….but somehow without the iPads themselves, it’s just not as much fun!
I’m now tackling the dilemma of what to do about cases. It seems that I am not the only one! I really like the case I have for my …

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[7 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

Last Thursday, I participated in an Apple webinar about the Volume Purchase Program. It was an hour long & definitely worth a listen. I wish that I had done this BEFORE I had made the initial purchase – I definitely did not have the whole picture by just reading about the program. Here’s what I’ve figured out about how to make this work for our initial teacher rollout.

In our school, a member of the IT Department will serve as the Program Manager. We’ll have 3 Program Facilitators – one …

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[4 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

Since the “big announcement”, there have been lots of things to check off the list:
1) Set up an account with Apple Education.
I wasn’t sure where to start, so I began at the Apple Education Pricing page & just called them! It turns out that we had a dormant account with Apple, so I was put in contact with our Account Rep Richard Brooke. Our Business Office had to complete a Purchase Agreement, a Credit Application (so that we could use PO’s), and submit our Tax Exempt Certificate.
(We also ended up …

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[29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

At an All School Faculty meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Head of School David Lourie announced plans to implement iPad2′s into the curriculum, at all grade levels. In conjunction with this announcement was the launch of this website, intended to serve as a resource for our own community, as well as others looking to start their own iPad programs. The “Implementation” section of this site will chronicle our efforts to get this program up & running. We will tell it like it is – the good, the bad & …