It’s the simplest of doings that matter

Teacher demonstrates student-made videos uploaded to youtube using an iPad wirelessly connected to a classroom projector via Apple TV

Teacher demonstrates student-made videos uploaded to youtube using an iPad wirelessly connected to a classroom projector via Apple TV

Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School’s first week of iPad use has been bumpy, to say the least, but what I have learnt is that for as powerful of a device the iPad can become inside the classroom, it is the simplest of doings that matter to the educators using them. Being able to access an e-mail account and view private YouTube content have been two such examples of simple doings. I learnt that despite the instinct of having a totally secured device, having cookies disabled only complicates what a non-tech teacher would see as a basic function. websites require cookies for a user to log into its services. Lesson learnt. Then the native iOS app versus the mobile site. Apps are there to give users an experience only iOS gives, and YouTube is a prime example of such, as we were unable to access a full list of unlisted videos students uploaded to be viewed by the class. For some reason, the mobile version of YouTube limited the video list to 6 videos without a “see more” button. Finally uploading the native app changed that. If an app exists, use it. Lesson learnt.

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